Craig Settles assists cities and co-ops with business planning for broadband and telehealth. He has surveyed economic development professionals nationwide about the impact of telehealth and community broadband.
Federal funding for broadband intended to expand telehealth will go a long way toward getting more people the care they need, but communities must create strategies tailored to their needs to make the most of it.
In urban neighborhoods, where Internet service and health care can be hard to access, a novel pilot project uses local barbershops and salons as wireless hubs and hypertension screening centers.
The lack of physicians in rural areas could be offset by using telehealth delivered by community-based digital networks. That, in turn, can make non-urban areas more livable and sustainable for seniors.
Federal and state policymakers continue to ignore, weaken and, in some instances, block local input and control of broadband. This needs to stop if the country is to ever have viable, affordable broadband for all.
Chattanooga, Tenn.'s investment in community broadband allows the city to bring more than just fast Internet browsing to citizens.
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.
The recently crowned Intelligent Community of the Year for 2012 has figured out how to make digital inclusion a self-funded project.
Opinion: Selling stocks for municipal broadband isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
Broadband analyst Craig Settles’ survey of economic development professionals debunks assumptions about broadband’s impact.
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.
The FCC’s proposed revisions to the Universal Service Fund subsidy program give communities a prime chance to shape their broadband.
The time is right to revisit public-private partnerships for building community broadband networks. Here’s how to make it happen.
To get a stimulus-funded, broadband network off the ground, needs analysis and partnerships are crucial.
When building a community broadband network, local government IT leaders must be smart, shrewd and honest in the mad dash for federal dollars.