Expanding broadband services in your district
Access to quality high-speed internet continues to be a problem for rural communities and many of their residents, businesses, and critical institutions. The WPUDA and its member PUDs in association with NoaNet are actively working to increase the availability of high-capacity fiber throughout Washington State. Ultimately, each community must decide to take control of their own broadband future, but we stand ready to assist every community to solve the unique broadband problems so that every citizen and business can succeed in the place they choose to live and work.
As you are developing your vision and goals and evaluating the options, it is essential to engage your community in the process. Whatever you end up doing is for the good of your community and they need to be involved and supporting your efforts. In particular, engaging key stakeholders aids this process and can provide valuable feedback on options, community needs, and
you ability to follow through. Ensuring that you have everything in place and ready to move forward maximizes your opportunity for success.
Assess the Economic Feasibility
In setting your broadband vision and goals the outcomes should be about more than the broadband business case. It is about how your efforts will benefit your community in remaining relevant and continuing to grow and thrive. At the same time, you need to understand the practical side of implementing your broadband solution in a sustainable way so that you have an approach that is affordable and provides the outcomes and payback you need.
Identify the real demand for broadband
You may already know that there is interest and demand for broadband in your community. Collecting precise and meaningful data on demand as early as possible and throughout your planning stage not only clarifies the real demand, but it allows you to prioritize areas with higher demand and identifies ready and willing users at an individual level, Optimizing your rollout and speeding service uptake.
In making your investment in broadband your goal is not just to become another internet service provider. The investment you make in broadband infrastructure provides a platform for innovation as well as providing new and better smart services for your community, whether it is in the realm of public safety or more efficient public services. Building smart community services into your vision and goals can help drive community support and solidify your plans.