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  • Why Does Broadband Matter?

    Broadband is the link that ties your community together and connects it to the world. It doesn’t matter if your community is in an urban center or a remote plain; high-speed Internet access is the tool that will help your community members and institutions thrive.

  • Broadband Interagency Working Group

    NTIA serves as the principal Executive branch advisor to the President on telecommunications issues. As part of this mission, the agency co-chairs the Broadband Interagency Working Group (BIWG). Through the BIWG, NTIA works with other federal agencies to improve coordination across programs, reduce regulatory barriers to broadband deployment, promote awareness of the importance of federal support for broadband investment and digital inclusion programs, and collect and share information with communities about available federal resources for broadband deployment and digital inclusion efforts.

    More than 25 federal agencies currently participate in the BIWG, which continues the work of the Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC.) In January 2017, NTIA and RUS announced the formation of the BIWG in a report.

     

  • State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN)

    The State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN) is a community of practitioners who work on state broadband initiatives. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program coordinates the group and convenes participants to share priorities and best practices; discuss emerging telecommunications policy issues; link states and local jurisdictions to federal agencies and funding sources; and address barriers to collaboration across states and agencies. BroadbandUSA also works with SBLN to support technical assistance offerings for communities, businesses and organizations at the local level.

    Because of the diversity of entities that are involved in state broadband efforts, SBLN participants represent a variety of state level offices. SBLN participants are senior managers or directors from State Broadband Offices, Geographic Information Services (GIS) offices, Offices of Information Technology (IT), Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), Commerce Departments, Economic Development Agencies, Universities, State Extension Services, Public Safety offices and state-designated third party entities. 

    Participants should be employed by a dedicated broadband office in a state or territory. They may also be government or university employees that have broadband responsibilities as part of their official duties but do not work in a dedicated broadband office. Contact BroadbandUSA at to learn more about participating in SBLN. States that are currently participating in SBLN include: 

    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Georgia
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Mexico
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
  • Publications

    Why Broadband

    What Speed Do You Need? (PDF)
    Wondering whether your community institutions have the baseline speeds that they need for today’s capabilities?

    Connected Community (PDF)
    The connected community uses high-speed broadband to connect its citizens, businesses and local government to the education, tools and resources that will help them thrive in today’s digital world.

    The Digital Generation’s Classroom (PDF)
    Broadband has transformed classrooms into spaces for unprecedented levels of teacher-student interaction, collaboration between peers, and individualized instruction.

    Why Does Broadband Matter? (PDF)
    Broadband is the link that ties your community together and connects it to the world. It doesn’t matter if your community is in an urban center or a remote plain; high-speed Internet access is the tool that will help your community members and institutions thrive.

    Toolkits and Guides

    About BroadbandUSA: Connecting America's Communities (PDF)
    NTIA's BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband access and meaningful use across America. In this role, BroadbandUSA serves communities, industry and non-profits that want to expand broadband infrastructure and promote digital inclusion.

    Technical Assistance Overview: Broadband Infrastructure (PDF)
    NTIA’s BroadbandUSA team provides expert assistance and support to stakeholders that are interested in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programs that advance economic development, education and public safety initiatives.

    Technical Assistance Overview: Digital Inclusion (PDF)
    NTIA’s BroadbandUSA team provides expert assistance and support to stakeholders that are interested in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programs that advance economic development, education and public safety initiatives.

    America's Libraries: Connectivity that Transforms (PDF)
    Libraries empower individuals and communities to thrive in today’s economy. Modern libraries are dynamic community hubs that offer free access to computers and the Internet, digital literacy training, digital collections, and services that range from GED prep to 3D printing and videoconferencing.

    Digital Inclusion Guide: Connectivity with a Purpose (PDF)
    Digital inclusion implies that individuals have access to robust broadband connections; Internet-enabled devices that meet their needs; and the skills to explore, create and succeed in the digital world. BroadbandUSA developed this resource to help leaders consider factors that could impact or influence their digital inclusion efforts.

    Home Broadband Adoption Rates (2015) (PDF)
    Source: NTIA and U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey Computer and Internet Use Supplement, available at NTIA Data Central.

    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.

    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.

    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: 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: 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: 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City: A Toolkit for Local Communities (PDF)
    This Toolkit is for government officials, urban planners, citizen groups, and others who want to implement successful smart cities projects. Drawing from lessons learned, it provides a framework for getting the most out of public-private partnerships, including what to look for in a partner, assessing each partner’s contribution, and guidance on how to structure the most fruitful partnership agreements.

    Implementing a Broadband Network Vision: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments (PDF)
    This toolkit builds on NTIA’s previous guidance on plotting a broadband roadmap and examines how that work can inform a broadband implementation strategy. It includes a nine-step process that outlines how to implement broadband networks from conception to operation.

    Sustaining Broadband Networks: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments (PDF)
    This toolkit presents an action plan to maintain and sustain a broadband network. This guide contains best practices and lessons learned from broadband programs. The is meant to help both local governments who entered into public-private partnerships and ISPs ensure that those networks are sustainable.

    BroadbandUSA Webinars

    BroadbandUSA presents a webinar on the third Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on a range of topics of interest to policymakers, decision-makers, practitioners and consumer

  • Introduction to Stakeholder Outreach

    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: Broadband Glossary

    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.

  • Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City: A Toolkit for Local Communities

    Using Partnerships to Power a Smart City: A Toolkit for Local Communities identifies factors to consider when developing a partnership -- including what to look for in a partner, assessing each partner's contribution, and guidance on how to structure the most fruitful partnership agreements. The toolkit also includes checklists to help communities as they work through the planning process.

  • BroadbandUSA: Introduction to Effective Public-Private Partnerships

    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.

  • NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit 2013

    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.

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