NRN Broadband Resource Guide

Access and Inclusion in the Digital Age: A Broadband Resource Guide for Local Governments

This resource guide is the product of a collaborative effort among:

  • City of Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • City of Gonzales, California
  • City of Greensboro, North Carolina
  • City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • City of Springfield, Missouri
  • City of Youngstown, Ohio
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • National Resource Network

Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Resource Network (NRN) supports U.S. cities in achieving economic competitiveness through a variety of activities, including technical assistance, policy research, and peer-to-peer learning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2

Using the Resource Guide 3

2. Broadband Access and Digital Inclusion in the U.S. 4

3. Getting Started 8

Assessing the Landscape 8

Engaging the Community 10

Setting the Goals 11

4. Strategies for Success 13

Developing the Program 13

Common Challenges and Solutions 16

Monitoring Performance 17

5. Finding Funding 19

Local Funds 19

External Grants 19

Partnerships 21

Fundraising 22

6. Engaging Partners 23

7. Closing 29

8. Appendix 30


BPL Broadband over Power Lines

BTOP Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

DSL Digital Subscriber Line

FCC Federal Communications Commission

FTTP Fiber to the Premise

HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

ICMA International City/County Management Association

ISP Internet service provider

LTE Long Term Evolution

NACo National Association of Counties

NARC National Association of Regional Councils

NATOA National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures

NLC National League of Cities

NMTC New Markets Tax Credit

NRN National Resource Network

NTCA The Rural Broadband Association (formerly the National Telephone Cooperative Association)

NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration

P3 Public-private partnership

PSC Public Service Commission

SBO State Broadband Office

SC2 Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative

SHLB Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband

USDA United States Department of Agriculture

WiMAX Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

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