Public CIO

Universal Service Fund Revisions Need Community Involvement

Location:
Salisbury, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Salisbury (NC) won the uphill fight for broadband that’s 100 percent community-owned because they faced and answered that question — if not us, who? — by pushing forward when there were just a couple of community networks in the state. Wilson (NC) has one, and it’s city-owned too. Asheville has another, which is run by a community nonprofit.

Community Broadband Partnerships Demand Creativity

Recommendation:
2

Many communities are at an important crossroad. Maybe yours is one of them. After a year of steady news about broadband stimulus awards and Google’s contest for a 1 gigabit network, there’s widespread awareness about the benefits of true broadband delivering hundreds of megabits per second. With this awareness has come a strong yearning from constituents, local businesses, government agencies and various institutions for a piece of this broadband action. The question that stymies casual observers and visionaries alike, though, is how do we get there from here? Specifically how can we afford it?