September 27, 2021

Reference: “Which States Have Dedicated Broadband Offices, Task Forces, Agencies, or Funds?”

From the Pew Charitable Trusts:

States differ in how they manage broadband deployment and which agencies or offices they task with identifying challenges, charting goals, and encouraging investment. Some states have a centralized office responsible for managing or coordinating broadband efforts. In others, multiple agencies have jurisdiction over broadband. More than half of states have established dedicated funds to support deployment of high-speed internet, and many have developed goals, plans, and maps for expansion of access.

The downloadable table indicates whether a state has the following:

  • Office: A centralized office for broadband projects.
  • Agency: State agency(ies) involved in broadband projects.
  • Task force: A formalized team—often involving multiple agencies and sectors—dedicated to broadband issues.
  • Broadband fund: A funding mechanism(s).
  • Broadband goal: The result that the state’s broadband program is working to achieve.
  • Broadband plan: A document that defines objectives, and the actions to be taken to reach them.
  • Broadband map: A mapping effort underway to identify where broadband is and isn’t.

Direct to All Resources (Data Table/Map and Spreadsheet)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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