Craig Settles

Contributing Writer


Craig Settles is an industry analyst, broadband strategy consultant and co-founder of Communities United for Broadband, which delivers on-site training to private- and public-sector organizations. Follow him on Twitter (@cjsettles) and his blog, Fighting the Next Good Fight.

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.