Craig Settles

Contributing Writer

Craig Settles assists communities with developing their broadband business and marketing plans, and help communities raise money for broadband projects. Follow him on Twitter (@cjsettles) and visit his website:

April 14, 2017

Cities Take Proactive Approaches to Anti-Muni Broadband Legislators

Local elected leaders, administrators, public utility managers and community stakeholders are stepping up their advocacy game in response to recent legislative losses.

January 25, 2017

Can Hybrid Wired/Wireless Infrastructure Stop the Broadband Hype?

As long as there are vendors and providers, there’s always going to be hype. But hopefully the hybrid approach will keep the hype in check so community network buildouts can surge head.

November 18, 2016

Lobbying for Community Broadband Under a Trump Presidency

Advocates must aggressively engage in politics at all levels if they hope to keep up with giant incumbents that expect the political winds to blow in their favor.

August 12, 2016

Municipal Wireless: Making the Case for Wireless/Wired Hybrid Infrastructure

Building a hybrid fiber/wireless infrastructure can go a long way to quickly get community broadband benefits to urban and rural areas.

August 10, 2016

Combination of Need, Cost and Innovations Are Rekindling the Muni Wireless Dream

The economics of wireless and the ability to deliver a gig makes the case for wireless/wired hybrid infrastructure.

October 14, 2015

Community Broadband Easily Explained

Broadband is magic that directly or indirectly enables us to do things we could not do before, or do them more easily.

November 9, 2012

Survey: Moving the Broadband Needle Forward

Use this survey as a starting point in getting stakeholders on board with broadband, or to gauge if they are moving in the right direction.

June 18, 2012

How Riverside, Calif., Turns E-Waste Into Treasure (Analysis)

The recently crowned Intelligent Community of the Year for 2012 has figured out how to make digital inclusion a self-funded project.

April 3, 2012

How Chattanooga Markets Its Way to Broadband Success

Coordinated messaging has produced strong awareness of Chattanooga’s gigabit network nationally and internationally.

January 18, 2012

Green Bay Packers a Model for Broadband Fundraising

Opinion: Selling stocks for municipal broadband isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

December 15, 2011

8 Surprising Findings About the Broadband Economy (Opinion)

Broadband analyst Craig Settles’ survey of economic development professionals debunks assumptions about broadband’s impact.

July 11, 2011

Google’s 1 Gbps Network Spurs Big Ideas in Kansas City

Opinion: Kansas City — the one in Kansas and the other in Missouri — both must take a level of ownership over Google’s 1 Gbps network if a flood of ideas is to become a reality.

March 21, 2011

Should Public-Private Partnerships Be in Your Broadband Future?

Not all PPPs are alike: Building a broadband network can involve a variety of strategies and business models.

February 28, 2011

Don’t Believe the Hype — Few Muni Broadband Networks Fail (Opinion)

Legislation introduced in North Carolina that would crush community networks is based upon the false premise that community networks don’t pencil out.

February 7, 2011

Universal Service Fund Revisions Need Community Involvement (Opinion)

The FCC’s proposed revisions to the Universal Service Fund subsidy program give communities a prime chance to shape their broadband.

January 7, 2011

Treat Communities as Markets for Broadband (Opinion)

Each community is a broadband market — but we don’t act like it.

December 15, 2010

Community Broadband Partnerships Demand Creativity (Opinion)

The time is right to revisit public-private partnerships for building community broadband networks. Here’s how to make it happen.

November 22, 2010

The National Broadband Plan’s Achilles’ Heel Is Speed (Opinion)

Flawed speed goals and overreliance on telcos could limit the National Broadband Plan’s effectiveness.

June 12, 2009

What's the Public CIO's Role With Broadband Stimulus? Part 2

To get a stimulus-funded, broadband network off the ground, needs analysis and partnerships are crucial.

June 4, 2009

What's the Public CIO's Role With Broadband Stimulus?

When building a community broadband network, local government IT leaders must be smart, shrewd and honest in the mad dash for federal dollars.