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Craig Settles

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.

August 3, 2020

Feds Fail to Fund Urban Telehealth Parity (Contributed)

As Congress prepares legislation for new broadband infrastructure projects, it is imperative there be parity between rural and urban programs. Everyone should benefit directly from these investments

June 9, 2020

Broadband Not Enough to Close Health-Care Gap (Contributed)

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.

December 13, 2019

Turning Barbershops into Telehealth Centers (Contributed)

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.

October 22, 2019

Broadband Can Alleviate the Health-Care Crisis (Contributed)

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.

June 14, 2019

Like Politics, All Broadband Policy Is Local (Contributed)

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.

July 18, 2018

Chattanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug

Chattanooga, Tenn.'s investment in community broadband allows the city to bring more than just fast Internet browsing to citizens.

December 5, 2017

Telemedicine Could Trump Economic Development for Driving Community Broadband

Health care and telemedicine delivery can make a strong financial business case that justifies community broadband investment, and makes it easier to raise money.

May 1, 2017

The One-Two Knockout Punch for Broadband — Co-ops Partner With Local Government

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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