Community Toolkit

Is Your Community Ready for Broadband?

Broadband enables today’s connected society. It has transformed economies, opened up education and healthcare, and improved the delivery of business and government services. Unfortunately, many Washington residents have been left behind by this transformative technology. For those in small communities without sufficient broadband, the unemployment and under-employment rates are as much as twice the national average.

This unacceptable “digital divide” has left many rural communities unserved, exacerbating economic and social isolation. Lack of broadband limits educational opportunities and information exchange and discourages businesses to relocate or expand in areas that are not served by broadband connectivity.

NoaNet’s Community Broadband Solutions program will be your ally in exploring options to bring quality broadband to your community. From community outreach initiatives and business modeling to network engineering, construction management, and ongoing operations, NoaNet will work with you on every step to reach your community’s goals.

 

Knowledge is Power.

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 the quality of life. The suggestions in this checklist are designed to help you optimize your wireless connections on your Google Fiber Network.

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.

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

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

Google Fiber’s checklist

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

Partnership Strategies

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

NTIA Toolkit **Updated 11/2016**
Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City: A Toolkit for Local Communities. 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 Program (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.

Crowd Sourcing Fiber

COS Service Zones
COS Service Zones aggregates demand for your services “neighborhood by neighborhood” while providing guidance for your network deployment plans by knowing your take-rate.

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, stormwater, 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.

Broadband USA: Guide to Federal Funding for Broadband Projects *Updated 6/17*
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program has compiled this guide of federal funding programs for broadband-related projects. The guide highlights programs from federal agencies and provides communities and interested parties with agency approved information about the programs and application procedures.

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!