What MN needs to do to achieve the infrastructure bill’s broadband goals

Borrowing the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s recap of The Brooking Institute’s (Blain Levin) outline of the Steps the states should take to achieve the infrastructure bill’s broadband goals…

To accomplish the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s broadband goals, Congress made states the key decision-makers, with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration providing oversight. This piece lays out nine actions every state should take in the development and implementation of its broadband plan:

  • Publicly establish a vision for using broadband to improve residents’ lives

  • Build institutional capacity to achieve the plan’s goals

  • Develop and publish a comprehensive timeline

  • Engage communities and stakeholders in development of the plan

  • Improve mapping, data collection, and modeling—and bookmark the funding to pay for it

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for availability, adoption, and utilization

  • Coordinate state and local action to lower the cost of deployment

  • Establish a competitive grant process

  • Establish a process to enforce commitments

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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