Is your community ready for fiber?

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"The [broadband] connection has made home businesses possible in Okanogan County that wouldn't have been possible before."

- Ernie Bolz, Commissioner Okanogan PUD #1

Check out these great resources:

Fiber To The Home
The FTTH Council's mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for network operators and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. 
The suggestions in this checklist are designed to help you optimize your wireless connections on your Google Fiber Network.

Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook
A guide for community leaders seeking affordable, abundant bandwidth. Published July 2015. 

ILSR's Community Connectivity Toolkit
This is an excellent resource that advises communities for how to improve their local Internet connectivity. 

NTIA Toolkit
This Broadband Adoption Toolkit, developed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), draws on the experiences of the recipients of grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Progra (BTOP). 

Broadband Strategies Toolkit
The Broadband Strategies Toolkit is a guide for policymakers, regulators, and other relevant stakeholders as they address issues related to broadband development. 

Wired Virginia Toolkit
Virginia's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance has developed a 5 step guide for how to bring broadband to communities. 
 
Google Fiber's checklist

Connecting 21st Century Cities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders

Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations 

This resource was put together by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to provide financial institutions an understanding of how broadband is an integral part of community development and can be funded through their community reinvestment act (CRA) obligations. For communities who are thinking of looking to a bank for financial assistance in their broadband project-- this resource is an excellent starting point for that conversation!

Successful Strategies for Broadband Public-Private Partnerships

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance published this resource in July of 2016 sharing examples of successful Public Private Partnerships that have occurred throughout the country. 

Crowd Sourcing Fiber:

CrowdFiber

CrowdFiber has built-in tools that help you spread the word and recruit others to join the crowd.

GIGAOM

Gotta get a gig? Crowdfund your broadband network-- by Craig Settles, Gigabit Nation

 

Broadband funding resources:

CERB Grant Program

CERB provides funding to local governments and federally recognized tribes for public infrastructure which support private business growth and expansion.  Eligible projects for CERB funding include domestic and industrial water, storm water, wastewater,  public buildings, telecommunications and port facilities among others. 

Committed Private Partner Program 

Loans and grants for construction of public infrastructure necessary for private business expansion. The Committed Private Partner (CPP) Program requires a private business commitment as part of the public entity's application.

"With high-speed Broadband, people will have better connections with each other, with their communities of interest, and with their families. It's an all around win-win for rural libraries."

- Rand Simmons, Ph. D, Washington State Librarian

Broadband Benefits

  • Public safety agencies have the ability to provide enhanced 911 services, improved response times, a more robust and responsive Amber Alert system and enhanced police response.
  • School districts will be able to provide online instruction and learning, research and information exchange between institutions, and remote access to college courses.
  • Essential state services will be more reliable and continuity will be preserved in emergency situations due to cloud computing which is made possible through broadband technology.
  • Citizens will benefit from faster, more efficient government services such as online permitting, improved information access, healthcare, access to justice and other important programs.
  • State and local government will have access to online training, conferences and collaboration; reduced travel and per diem expenses; and reliable connectivity between government entities and state and local data centers.
  • Library patrons using technologies and applications that require high-quality Internet bandwidth, such as high definition videoconferencing, desktop video chat (e.g. Skype), online learning and assessment, streaming video, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), will benefit from fast speeds and higher quality services. Broadband access for libraries means the community will have access to these technologies.
  • Healthcare providers will have the speed they need to deliver lifesaving services in real time, enabling remote diagnosis, immediate assessment and guidance to emergency workers via videoconferencing, improved access to the most current lifesaving drugs to rural areas, and telehealth to exchange large digital files and provide remote specialty consultation.
  • Rural communities will be able to provide the high-speed telecommunications services that are required for robust economic development, enabling credit card and Internet-based e-commerce, automated inventory and fulfillment systems, web sales and online advertising for small businesses, commodities trading – a key competitive advantage to the family farmer, advanced 4G cellular capability/access and local broadband providers' access.

"With NoaNet coming in and giving everyone this tool...small businesses on the peninsula have the ability to prosper economically."

 - Cherie Kidd, Mayor of Sequim

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