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Broadband planning resources
We face complex and deep-rooted challenges to delivering Broadband for All. It will require partnerships with and support from the broadband industry and federal, local, and tribal governments. You may be developing a plan, carrying out that plan, or in the many stages in between. To help, we’ve gathered some tools as you work to expand broadband access and narrow the digital divide in your community.
Included here are:
- Resources and toolkits specific to broadband planning and implementation
- Digital inclusion plans, initiatives, and best practices
- Digital skills training tools
This collection is designed to help you plan for broadband deployment and all the other essential aspects of digital equity and inclusion. It will continue to evolve and grow. We invite you to browse and use these resources and encourage you to share yours.
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California Local Jurisdiction Permitting Playbook
- California Local Jurisdiction Permitting Playbook
California’s Broadband for All Action Plan directs the California Department of Technology (CDT) to explore actions to enhance permitting processes at all levels of government to support broadband deployment in the State.As part of this effort, CDT and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) created the Permitting Playbook to share best-practices, example policies and a checklist to streamline the process for deploying broadband regionally.
Resources and toolkits
- Permitting Best Practices: Case Studies
Case studies and examples of streamlining permitting including Broadband Ready Communities, E-Permitting, and Rights-of-Way (ROW).
- Permitting Needs Assessment
Checklist for four major permitting categories including ROW, Pole Attachments, Conduit Access, and Environment Planning/Historic Preservation.
- NEPA Review: Categorical Exclusions
Guidance on NEPA analysis as it relates to categorical exclusions (CATEXs) including the definition, the CATEX review process, CATEX qualifications, and a link to the DOC CATEX list.
- NEPA Review: Environmental Assessments
Guidance on NEPA analysis as it relates to environmental assessments including the definition, preparation steps, best practices, and the review process.
- Getting Connected: A Resource Guide for Local and Regional Government Leaders
Accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband.
- Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments
Digital inclusion and broadband adoption research, toolkits, and guides from NTIA and other Federal entities.
- NTIA Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit
Toolkit offers insights, interactive tools, and links to technical assistance resources for every stage of the broadband planning journey.
- NDIA Digital Navigators
The Digital Navigator Model guides community members in the digital inclusion process.
- Handbook on Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands
Handbook created by Native Nations Communications Take Force intended to bring awareness of the various steps involved in broadband deployment, whether wireless or wireline, including developing networks, forming partnerships, establishing sound regulatory policies and practices, and creating sustainable business models.
- The Digital Navigator Playbook
Playbook by Digital US to ensure communities have technology skills and digital resilience to thrive in work and life
- The Lewis Latimer Plan for digital equity & inclusion
National Urban League’s plan to close the digital divide – identifying five digital gaps that disproportionately affect communities of color and four goals to close those gaps.
Broadband planning and implementation
- City of Moorpark Broadband Strategic Plan
Strategic plan to ensuring abundant broadband connectivity for municipal operations.
- City of Ventura Broadband and Fiber Master Plan
Master Plan for a city-wide broadband network.
- County of El Dorado Broadband Planning and Roadmap Report
Roadmap for improving broadband services within El Dorado County.
- County of Sonoma Broadband Strategic Plan
Opportunities and recommendations to enhance public and private investment in broadband infrastructure.
- Access Sonoma Broadband Action Plan
Exploring the Creation of a Public Broadband Entity to Close Sonoma County’s Digital Divide.
- San Diego Association of Governments Regional Digital Equity Strategy and Action Plan
Helping to enable the San Diego region to expand access to broadband to everyone.
- San Diego Region Broadband Planning, Permitting, and Implementation
Identifies existing conditions, best practices, opportunities for expanding broadband infrastructure.
- Local Government Check List for Digital Equity
Checklist for local government leaders to achieve digital equity
- County of Marin Strategic Plan
Roadmap for a better digital future by creating leadership, governance, collaboration, and actions that advance broadband deployment and digital adoption.
- City of Chula Vista Digital Equity and Inclusion Plan
Plan to ensure that all community members can participate fully in digital society.
- City of San Francisco Digital Equity Strategic Plan
Plan that defines goals, strategies, and commitment for advancing digital equity over the next five years.
- City of San Francisco Digital Equity Playbook
Aimed at agencies who serve vulnerable populations most at-risk of being digitally excluded.
- City of Long Beach Digital Inclusion Roadmap
Vision statement, goals, objectives, and strategies to ensure that everyone in Long Beach has equitable access and computer literacy training.
- County of Los Angeles Free Broadband for the Residents
Outlines options for closing the digital divide for thousands of LA County households by developing County-sponsored community wireless networks.
Digital skills training tools
- Digital Literacy Framework and Self-assessment Tool
Developed by the California Emerging Technology Fund and based on UNESCO’s six elements of Digital Literacy.
- California State Library’s CAreer Pathways
Offers free access to public library cardholders to online learning platforms to support digital equity, skill building, and job training. Includes access to the Northstar digital literacy assessments and courses for learners new to technology.
- Fresno State Parent University
Fresno State’s Parent University provides comprehensive courses and workshops to parents and community members throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Classes include Digital Literacy I and Digital Literacy II to equip parents to help their children succeed academically.