How Economic Developers Are Expanding Broadband Access
How Economic Developers Are Expanding Broadband Access
Broadband internet access has been important to economic development long before the pandemic made it essential for work, school, and other aspects of life. Awareness of service and use gaps is higher now than ever, along with the political will and funding to fill them. That has created a historic opportunity for communities to get everyone connected to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet.

This paper shows how a range of communities are addressing their broadband needs and the roles in which economic developers are making a difference. It includes case studies of EDO involvement in community-wide networks, targeted-area access and digital inclusion, plus numerous examples of the range of strategic and technical solutions that communities are pursuing. It also includes information and resources on broadband basics, convening stakeholders, digital inclusion, financing, funding and other key topics.
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