• NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit 2013 (PDF)

    In May 2013 NTIA released a Broadband Adoption Toolkit based on the field-tested practices of recipients from the Sustainable Broadband Adoption and Public Computer Center grant categories. The Toolkit is a guide to planning and carrying out effective adoption programs with a wide variety of audiences, including youth, low-income, and seniors. It includes chapters on planning a new program, designing outreach and communications activities, setting up training classes, and choosing engaging curriculum. It also has links to detailed examples, tools, and videos that can save time and resources for program developers. 


  • The Power of Broadband Partnership: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments (PDF)

    This Toolkit provides an overview of common broadband partnership models and identifies several factors that communities should consider when developing a successful partnership. The goal of this Toolkit is to equip communities with the know-how to implement their broadband projects with partners who can provide resources and expertise to ensure success and complements the Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap toolkit. 


  • Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments (PDF)

    This toolkit provides advice on developing a Community Broadband Roadmap for building broadband networks, enhancing public computer centers, expanding broadband to unserved areas, encouraging public-private partnerships and promoting broadband connectivity to homes, businesses and institutions. The goal of this publication is to help communities expand broadband access locally to create jobs, improve educational opportunities, promote economic development, spur private investment and facilitate the delivery of essential social services to their citizens.

  • BroadbandUSA: Introduction to Stakeholder Outreach (PDF)

    To help communities and organizations launch successful broadband projects and generate support from potential users, we created a new toolkit with insights into effective stakeholder outreach gleaned from NTIA’s broadband work over the last seven years. The “Introduction to Stakeholder Outreach” details tools and proven best practices to help communities generate support for broadband projects and share the importance of broadband with key stakeholders.

  • BroadbandUSA: Introduction to Effective Public-Private Partnerships (PDF)

    This publication provides an overview of common broadband partnerships, the factors communities should consider in developing a successful partnership model, and tips and best practices NTIA has observed through its oversight of $4.5 billion in broadband grants to public, private and joint projects across the country.

  • BroadbandUSA: Smart Communities Glossary (PDF)

    BroadbandUSA has compiled a glossary of terms related to smart communities and the deployment of infrastructure necessary to support them. A smart community uses different types of information and communications technology to solve local problems, manage resources efficiently and create livable spaces. This list is not exhaustive because the technology and applications are constantly evolving. 


  • BroadbandUSA: Broadband Glossary (PDF)

    BroadbandUSA has compiled fundamental abbreviations, acronyms and technical terms associated with broadband. While not an exhaustive list, this glossary will assist you with understanding some of the terms used in discussions of expanding broadband capacity and promoting broadband adoption.

  • BroadbandUSA: A Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects (PDF, Updated June 2017)

    NTIA’s BroadbandUSA initiative presents this guide to key federal programs that offer funding for broadband-related projects. NTIA intends this guide to answer questions from communities on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.

  • Costs at-a-Glance: Fiber and Wireless Networks (PDF)

    BroadbandUSA collected information about network construction expenses to increase awareness of the costs associated with deploying a broadband network. This information can help project leaders engage with providers and network operators in their area.