Partnerships, Sharing, and Community Anchor Institution Broadband

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[Commentary] Partnerships, aggregation, and coordination in securing broadband services are valuable tools for community anchor institutions (CAIs). Aggregating buying power on a regional or statewide basis is a tested best practice that can enable anchor institutions to achieve lower per unit pricing, higher bandwidth, and improved service quality. Policymakers should encourage anchors to consider joint procurement and coordination with entities representing other anchor sectors in their state or region. Aggregated procurement also encourages broadband providers to collaborate and bid with other providers—which could flatten pricing and reduce geographical disparities.
[Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology & Energy]


Partnerships, Sharing, and Community Anchor Institution Broadband