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A Comprehensive Determination of Broadband Deployment to Designate Unserved and Underserved Communities Using Fact-based Measurement Criteria

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A brief FAQ about the report.

1. What is the purpose of this document?

 This document is intended to be a training document for local broadband advocates who are trying to assess their community or region in a realistic way. A community who wants to apply for a grant might use this as a first step to be able to understand where their problems really lie so they can find monies to solve the problems.

 2. Why is this process needed?

We are in an extraordinary time where we might actually have a chance of getting new big broadband deployments accomplished. But first, we have to get people to understand what they deserve - no matter where they live.
 
Tthe data provides local grassroots leaders and local political leaders with facts to get people fired up — the next-town-over-is-better-than-us-we-can’t-let-that-happen.

Many service providers have absolutely no desire to provide services in rural areas and have discovered that if they do nothing, nothing much will happen.

 3. How does this document and the methodology help people?

This process and data structure actually does help people develop a strategic methodology so they can think about how to demand bigger and better broadband services. The process helps develop deep regional understanding on what is right and what is necessary.  People who are industry savvy will need to participate in the data collection, but every community has someone who can help.
 
 Call this self-help for the broadband-deprived.  Coupled with some leadership training and a real community-led plan to get suppliers interested, broadband can happen.

 4. Why aren’t you pushing for fiber, superfast speeds?

 We are pushing for open networks as the solution that enables user innovation on the widest possible scale.

Everyone should encourage fiber deployment but in areas where some people wonder why they can’t get ISDN, it’s going to be a real stretch of imagination to get them to think fiber is realistic. In rural areas and some expensive-to-serve urban areas, there more factors in play and very little ROI (okay a negative ROI) for buildout of all of the components of a state-of-the-art broadband service.
 
But the federal broadband stimulus discussions and California funding programs both point towards higher speeds for realistic application usage.  None of us should be encouraging “last century” broadband installations with all of the opportunities being made available through various broadband funding avenues.

Read the full report in an HTML version.