Craig Settles is a broadband industry analyst, consultant to local governments, and author of Building the Gigabit City. His latest analysis report is Telehealth and Broadband: In Sickness and In Health, an assessment of why telehealth providers and community broadband builders should work together to drive broadband and telemedicine adoption.
Health care and telemedicine delivery can make a strong financial business case that justifies community broadband investment, and makes it easier to raise money.
There is a strong case for local government partnering with co-ops to deliver broadband to under-connected areas, especially if the cities or counties own their public utilities.
Local elected leaders, administrators, public utility managers and community stakeholders are stepping up their advocacy game in response to recent legislative losses.
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.
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.
Building a hybrid fiber/wireless infrastructure can go a long way to quickly get community broadband benefits to urban and rural areas.
The economics of wireless and the ability to deliver a gig makes the case for wireless/wired hybrid infrastructure.
Broadband is magic that directly or indirectly enables us to do things we could not do before, or do them more easily.
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.
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