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Ten Things You Should Understand About Broadband
-- Getting from Here to Big Broadband Everywhere

Read the four page report in a PDF version.

You have a vision of a ubiquitous, user-centric broadband system in the U.S. — one that enables innovation from all sectors.  You know that policy, technology and economic interests should work together to delve into new solutions, new technologies, and new social engagements that enable user-centric broadband deployment and unrivaled opportunities for innovation, jobs, and economic development. In this vision, you see:

  • Universal broadband adoption in every community, every household, and every business.
  • Enablement of affordable, ubiquitous broadband solutions, which meet the country’s ‘grand challenges’: healthcare, public safety, education, civic participation, energy independence/efficiency, and economic growth. 
  • Widespread local, state, and federal understanding of the importance of broadband, particularly,
    • Identification of areas where public resources are needed to provide universal service
    • Federal, state, and local policies that are required for sustainable self-sufficient, broadband-enabled communities.

But, how do we get from where we are today to Big Broadband Everywhere? Here are ten things you need to understand.

  1. Open infrastructure is an essential building block to universal broadband.
  2. Broadband Adoption = Access + Applications + Affordability + Accessibility + Assistance
  3. There are many different roadblocks to adoption in “underserved” communities.
  4. At least five factors must be measured to understand why an expensive-to-serve area has no or sparse broadband.
  5. Urban communities have the most nonadopters.
  6. Public-good “Grand Challenge” applications are the killer apps for government.
  7. Subsidized middle-mile fiber combined with community connection points will catalyze first mile deployments in expensive-to-serve areas.
  8. Successful programs that create new adoption must be feted and scientifically analyzed so we can replicate success.
  9. Mapping is a-good-thing, but empirical data is better.
  10. Sustained local leadership has the biggest and most dramatic effect on creating broadband demand, creating a community broadband spirit and attracting the attention of communications providers.

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Read the four page report in a PDF version.