Related Resources

Assessment Tools top

  • CENIC Self Assessment Guide for Communities
    Resources and supplementary materials to aid in conducting a successful community assessment. PDF format or HTML
  • 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.
  • Connect Kentucky - Community Benchmarking Tool
    This guide is designed to provide a benchmark for your community's current readiness to participate in the changes that high-speed communications entail. More importantly, this guide provides a vision of specific steps and actions for your community.
  • 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

Case Studies top

  • Columbus Internet
    Community site for Columbus, KS
  • Columbus Telephone Company
    A rural telephone cooperative builds a fiber network and has been offering triple play since December 2004
  • National Center for Small Communities
    Click on new resources on the left sidebar to access the Thriving Hometowns Network, a searchable database of more than 50 community and economic development case studies drawn from small communities.
  • Saint Peter Advantage
    A site devoted to attracting business and investment for the community of Saint Peter, MN.

Community Networks top

Globalization/International top

Glossaries top

Guides top

  • Access eBroadband
  • Applied Rural Telecom Resource Guide
    The Guide provides rural communities throughout the United States and the world a toolkit of resources to help them meet their economic and community development goals using telecommunications.
  • Making the Net Work
    Resources to help organizations or communities plan and use the Net effectively. This site offers sets of workshop games, a routemap for planning development, and other tools.

Law top

Other Resources top

  • Charting the Future of Our Community
    This resource can help you understand and implement events that will build consensus for planning your connected community's future.
  • 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"
  • NTCA: National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
    The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), "the voice of rural telecommunications," is the premiere non-profit association representing more than 560 small and rural telephone cooperatives and commercial companies.

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

Technology top