Category Archives: Needs analysis

Your Broadband Education Straight from the Source

Nowhere else on the Web can you find such a complete source of first-hand broadband project management and policy experience. And this knowledgebase grows weekly. Last August I launched Gigabit Nation, the only radio talk show devoted to broadband, and have amassed quite a treasure trove of excellent insights as well as advice from people […]

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Interview with Jonathan Adelstein on New $700 Million Broadband Program

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The USDA’s Rural Utilities Services (RUS) recently announced they’re hoping to make $700 million available for broadband projects through the agency’s Farm Bill Broadband Program. While not as substantial as the BIP program, nevertheless this is a sizeable enough payload to make a big difference in a fair number of communities. However, the actual money […]

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Hey, Your National Broadband Map’s Here.

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I listened to NTIA’s press briefing on the national broadband map (NBM) and when it was over, I posed the question on Twitter: What do we have? We have 1) An expensive map, though mercifully under budget. 2) A data intensive map (I’m seriously awed by the breadth of it). 3) A nice tool for […]

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National Survey Report – Broadband’s Impact on Economic Development: The Real Deal

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Every two years, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and I team up to survey economic development professionals and others nationwide to learn how broadband is impacting economic development efforts. This year, 301 individuals participated, and their feedback has been particularly revealing (Read the full report here). The 2010 survey is “The Real Deal” as […]

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Craig Settles’ Broadband Question of the Day (July 28)

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Today’s question comes from Mike Mathiesen, CEO of America 2.0 Inc. How would you get the participation of the local merchants? Getting the merchants involved with your broadband initiative, and I’ll take the liberty to include the entire business community under the “merchant” umbrella, is at once simple and challenging. The simple part of the process […]

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Craig Settles’ Broadband Question of the Day (July 26)

I’m two Webinars into a six-session series and they’re going very well. But I’m getting more great questions than I can answer in my sessions. So every day – well, Monday-Friday – I’m going to answer some of the ones I didn’t get to. You’ll have no excuse for missing any. You can subscribe to […]

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My Next Broadband Strategy Webinar

Those of you who are new visitors here (and some of you regulars) should attend the bi-weekly Webinar series on broadband strategy planning I’m doing with Broadband Properties Magazine. It’s happening Wednesdays. If you missed 12 Steps to Move Broadband From Ideas to Execution, check it out today, and also tell your colleagues about it. This session gives […]

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“What’s Next After Broadband Stimulus?” and Other Valuable Webinars

A couple of weeks ago I made a swing through D.C. to meet with some folks and continue building support for Communities United for Broadband. I also delivered “What’s Next After Broadband Stimulus?” at the New America Foundation. You can watch the presentation here. This session helps you understand a little better what local communities’ […]

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The Sorry State of Broadband Competition – And How to Deal

In my 12 steps to move a community broadband project to successful completion, I put heavy emphasis on the needs analysis process. You can’t create the network that’s best suited to meet constituents’ needs if you don’t do this particular task well. But part of the assessment involves understanding the provider marketplace. “It sucks!” may […]

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Going for Google Broadband Gold (one NC community’s approach)

Sponsor Less Pain More Gain Simplify the mapping, planning and buildout of your network Google recently turned the broadband world on its ear by announcing it’s going to set up fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks for a handful of lucky communities that will deliver 1 gigabit per second speeds. Dozens of cities large and small are lining […]

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