Related Resources

Assessment Tools top

  • Conducting a Community Assessment
    A good tool to read and understand why we need assessments and how communities can use them for more than just technology. This particular reference focuses on schools, children and family, however, there are good suggestions for where to get data, how to engage community members, questions to ask when conducting focus groups, community forums, interviews and surveys.
  • Preparing for a Collaborative Community Assessment
    A good resource that explains why assessments are important for communities and identifies the steps involved in the process.

Benefits of Broadband top

  • The Telework Coalition
    The Telework Coalition provides resources and information about the practice and benefits of Teleworking.

Broadband Applications top

  • Accela, Inc.
    After the Storm: How New Orleans Leveraged Accela Software for Disaster Recovery

Broadband for Business top

  • Broadband Use by Rural Small Business
    Business needs broadband and rural America has less access
  • How E-commerce Works

Case Studies top

Community Networks top

  • Association for Community Networking
    Resources and tips to help communities effectively use information and communication technologies
  • Communities of the Future
    A network of people working in collaboration to develop new concepts of governance, economic development, and education/learning for a fast-paced, interconnected, and increasingly complex society

Globalization/International top

Glossaries top

Law top

Other Resources top

  • Design Nine
    Site offers broadband and telecom planning, design, and project management services, the resources section is a great tool for anyone who wants to learn more.
  • Digital Divide Network
    "The Internet's largest community for educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide"

Policy top

Public Interest Groups top

  • Aspen Institute
    Aspen's Communications and Society Program promotes integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications and includes several good resources.
  • Benton Foundation
    The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems.
  • Media Access Project
    A public interest telecommunications law firm which promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow
  • New American Foundation
    The New American Foundation sponsors a wide rang of research, one program of interest is the Wireless Future Program.

Statistics top

  • Broadband Use by Rural Small Business
    A report issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides detail on the rural digital divide. The results indicate that without increased broadband access rural economies could miss out on higher levels of growth and job creation.
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    Ongoing surveys and topical studies

Technology top