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Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheets

The Local Institute for Self Reliance has complied a list of possible challenges issues you may encounter. The Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheet Series unpacks the issues, challenges, and opportunities today.

Building Broadband Commons: Tools for planners and Communities

Here you can find a set of tools for community representatives to guide broadband planning at different levels from the Open Technology Institute 2014 report. Click HERE for the Building […]

CAD drawing requirements

When working with contractors to build a network you will want key network information documented and drawn. Here are some requirements that should be included.

The road to broadband: A planning guide for your community broadband network

Click here to visit the National Broadband Hub for information on "The road to broadband: A planning guide for your community broadband network".

The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook : A guide for community leaders seeking affordable, abundant bandwidth

This resource is directed toward community leaders seeking affordable and reliable bandwidth in their communities. It outlines best practices, summarizes existing models, and offers a advice so community leaders can […]

Roadmap to planning a community broadband

This resource from Broadband USA, provides planning steps to create a community broadband roadmap. The intention of this resource is to help communities expand broadband access locally. It aims to […]

Community engagement

This document focuses on three aspects of successful community engagement: understanding, planning, and operationalizing, and ensuring that efforts are meaningful. It also includes links to resources for communities.

Becoming broadband ready toolkit

This resource form Next Century Cities includes a guide for local governments to increase broadband investments, examples of successful community actions, and a checklist of steps that local leaders can […]

Using Google Earth to Design Your Network
2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 4 - Fiber)

This session take an in-depth look at fiber networks. Supporting resource:

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp: Workforce training (Session 5)

This session discusses lessons from NYC Mesh, a volunteer org that had to tackle running a network on a budget and training a volunteer workforce efficiently.

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 1)

This session discusses the practices of running a network, the challenges of managing a networks, tribal projects, and available resources. Supporting resources (7 video playlist):

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 2)

This session discusses digital literacy, the NDIA (The National Digital Inclusion Alliance), digital navigators, best practices for wireless and open source LTE, and business models. Supporting links\videos: Why LTE? […]

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp: LTE 2.5 GHz (Session 3)

This session discusses wireless and 2.5 GHz LTE.

National Digital Navigator Corps from National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

The National Digital Navigator Corps is an organization that helps community members with internet adoption and the use of computing devices. For more information on this program and funding opportunities, […]

Mapping and Planning

Mapping and planning secure a productive project. Mapping is an important step, not only to best serve your communities needs, but to also preserve your community's history. Working with your […]

Working with Tribal Leadership

Working with tribal leadership is imperative, not only for the success of your project but for the greater good of the community. Here are some resources and guidelines:  Information on […]

Engagement with Community

Community engagement is an important step, in many ways it determines the success of your connectivity project. There are many ways to reach out to your community to create a […]

Political Realities

Building broadband means working with a lot of government officials and tribal officials. Often it can be difficult to navigate and express community needs. Here you can find some resources […]

Getting Started

Beginning a tribal connectivity project can seem daunting, but knowing where to start can make a big difference. Here, you can find the information and resources you need to start […]