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Digital Skills Programs from Connected Nation: Training for Adults and Teens Teach Tech

Teens Teach Tech, powered by AT&T, provides a platform for tech-savvy teenagers to offer digital skills training in their communities as a service project or to earn financial incentives. By forming a team with two or more teens, you as a mentor, are pivotal in facilitating valuable digital skills, training sessions, and fostering a culture of continuous learning in your community.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Capacity Building: Online Courses to Support Digital Equity Programming

These self-paced online courses from Community Tech Network prepare organizations for tackling the digital divide. These courses include options for trainers who are looking to understand adult learning principles and instructional methods, managers who are looking to manage digital navigators, and more.

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Community Tech Network
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How a Rural County in Texas Solved Broadband Problem

Bringing fiber infrastructure to rural areas is expensive and time consuming. Wise County, Texas, found a way to deliver high-speed Internet access without wires.

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Governing
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Studies Show: the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Is Worth the Cost

A new brief from the Benton Institute analyzes the economic impact of ACP through the lens of financial benefits for subscribers.

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Benton Institute
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Boosting Broadband with E-Rate

E-Rate helps schools and libraries boost their technology investment, and TRF has a new resource, Boosting Broadband with E-Rate, that explains the program and shares inspiring examples of how E-Rate is used to help children and community members have more access to the latest technology with limited local investment.

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Tx Rural Funders
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1.7 Million Texas Households Are Set to Lose Monthly Internet Subsidy

Kelty Garbee, Executive Director of Texas Rural Funders, spoke with The Texas Tribune about the Affordable Connectivity Program.

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Texas Tribune
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Updated ACP Enrollment Performance Tool Includes ACP Risk Score

The Benton Institute on Broadband & Society released an updated Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Performance Tool. It has a new feature -- the ACP Risk Score, in which we identify ZIP code areas where loss of service is likely to be most severe when the ACP subsidy goes away.

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Benton Institute
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LISC’s Broadband Planning Help Hub

LISC invites applications to the Broadband Help Hub, part of the National Broadband Technical Assistance Marketplace. This rapid-response program provides communities with high-quality, targeted technical assistance to produce investment-ready broadband plans.

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LISC
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Sources of Broadband Funding for Texas

This resource from Texas Rural Funders offers a non-exhaustive survey of funding and technical assistance for broadband projects in 2024.

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Texas Rural Funders
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Texas Broadband Development Office: Texas Digital Opportunity Hub

This new hub from the BDO provides in-depth information about the digital divide and digital opportunity in Texas.

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Broadband Development Office
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FCC Announces April is Last Fully Funded Month for ACP

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance hosted a webinar with the FCC on the ongoing ACP wind-down. View a timeline here.

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Digital Inclusion
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Texas Digital Opportunity Plan 

Hot off the presses! The latest draft of the Texas Digital Opportunity Plan (TDOP) was submitted to NTIA on February 28, 2024. 

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Broadband Development Office
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More RDOF Defaults Could Be Coming as Stakeholders Seek to Free Up Areas for BEAD

As states get closer to accepting applications for $42.5 billion in BEAD rural broadband funding, more defaults in the previous RDOF rural broadband funding program could be coming.

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Telecompetitor
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Digital Redlining and the Black Rural South

For decades, millions of Americans have been forced to go without internet or pay for subpar service, which thwarts opportunities to participate and thrive in today’s society, especially for Black communities in the rural South.

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The Daily Yonder
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Texans Approved Billions for Water and Broadband Infrastructure. Now What?

The legislation behind the historic investment directs state agencies to send money to the state’s smaller, cash-strapped towns that have difficulty paying for upgrades. Federal money is also expected to flow to regions that need broadband.

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Texas Tribune
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Prop 8 Passed!

On November 7, Texas voters weighed in and voted YES on Prop 8!

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TRF
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BEAD Letter of Credit Alternatives!

We asked and NTIA responded with alternatives to the BEAD Letter of Credit requirement!

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NTIA
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BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Tool

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced the launched a dashboard showing the progress of states and territories as they plan to implement the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

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NTIA
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Affordable Connectivity Program Dashboard

This dashboard visualizes the data released on Affordable Connectivity Program utilization by the Universal Service Administrative Company.

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Institue for Local Self-Reliance
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Pottsboro Library Receives $549,000 to Connect 500 Homes and Build 3 Broadband Towers

The Pottsboro Library and TekWav are pleased to announce a partnership to bring internet service to the patrons of the library through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program.

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TekWav
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Finding Funding for Fiber

Access to broadband has transformed our economy and our society. This new document from Texas Rural Funders helps demystify funding and clarify the vocabulary of broadband development.

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Texas Rural Funders
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Operation Connectivity

Operation Connectivity formed to connect Texas's 5.5 million public scchool students with an e-learning device and reliable internet sufficient for learning.

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Texas Rural Funders
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  • #Education
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Texas Will Spend Billions to Connect the State with Broadband. But is it Clear Which Neighborhoods Need Help?

On the eve of a historic investment in connecting the Lone Star State, advocates worry maps that will help establish which communities get funding have bad information.

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Texas Tribune
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State Allocations for $42.45 Billion High-Speed Internet Grant Program Announced

As part of the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program, the NTIA announced Texas’ $3.3 billion allocation.

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Internet for All
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Broadband Climate Risk Mitigation Tool

This web application is designed to help communities and organizations make informed decisions about broadband deployment while considering natural hazard risks.

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Center on Rural Innovation
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Broadband Recommendations to Connect All Texans

Based on best practices and tailored to Texas, this report works through strategies that serve Texas households, local communities, and private internet service providers.

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Texas Rural Funders
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Connect Humanity Plans $10 Million Fund to Boost Small Business Internet Access and Economic Development in Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas

The Texas Border Small Business Broadband Fund will invest in high-speed connectivity, digital transformation, and skills development for businesses in Hidalgo and Cameron counties

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Connect Humanity
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Etex Communications and Center Economic Development Corporation Expanding Broadband in the City of Center, Texas

A partnership between the Center Economic Development Corporation and Etex Telephone Cooperative has resulted in multiyear project to build a new state-of-the-art network to develop critical connections to the City of Center in Shelby County.

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Etex Communication
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Texas Free Wifi Map

Find free wifi in Texas using this map.

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Texas Free Wifi Map
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Texas Connectivity Maps

Broadband maps showing availability of broadband at various speeds in all 254 Texas counties.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Texas Broadband Funding Guide

To bridge gap between funders and community uptake, Connected Nation developed this 2018 Texas Broadband Funding Guide highlighting public and private programs across the state.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Rural Broadband: A Listening Tour

Through a Listening Tour and Focus Group meetings, this 2018 report examines broadband access identified in rural Texas and prioritizes recomendations to empower Rural Texas.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Broadband Stories from Rural Texas

Report from Texas Rural Funders that tells broadband stories across Texas counties, identifies key broadband stakeholders, offers policy recommendations.

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Texas Rural Funders
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Dallas Innovation Alliance

Dallas Innovation Alliance is a coalition of stakeholders invested in Dallas’ continued evolution as a forward‐thinking, innovative, ‘smart’ global city.

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Dallas Innovation Alliance
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Deep East Texas Council of Governments

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District is a voluntary association of local governments in an 11 county region in East Texas.

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Deep East Texas Council of Governments
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The Dallas Fed is working with several communities to highlight barriers to expanding broadband access.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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Legacy Institue for Financial Education

LIFE works to economically mobilize its community by teaching financial literacy, creating economic stability, and building generational wealth.

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Legacy Institue for Financial Education
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SA Digital Connects

SA Digital Connects is a broad coalition of public, private, and community partners are working together to reduce the digital divide.

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SA Digital Connects
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Borderplex Connect

Borderplex Connect is a regional coalition of public, private, and nonprofit partners dedicated to promoting digital inclusion in the Borderplex region.

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Borderplex Connect
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Texas Electric Cooperatives

Texas Electric Cooperatives represents the interests of 76 electric cooperatives with more than 3 million members throughout the state.

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Texas Electric Cooperatives
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Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

A national organization focused on bringing open, affordable, high-performance broadband to all people in the U.S. to ensure a thriving democracy.

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Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
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Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution―and Why America Might Miss It

Book examining how large corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward.

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Yale Press
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Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity

Book analyzing the promise and the failure of national rural broadband policy in the United States and proposes a new national broadband plan.

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MIT Press
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National Broadband Resource Hub

The National Broadband Resource Hub is a philanthropic initiative empowering government and community leaders to build a better broadband future.

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National Broadband Resource Hub
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Broadband Financing Series

This unique series focuses on broadband development finance with an emphasis on the legal, technical, and financial challenges facing communities working to develop broadband.

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Council of Development Finance Agencies
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Texas Broadband Development Office

The Texas Broadband Development Office provides a variety of tools and resources supporting the expansion of broadband access across Texas.

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Texas Comptroller
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Rural LISC

With residents and partners, Rural LISC supports resilient and inclusive rural communities as great places to live, work, and innovate.

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Rural LISC
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Connected Nation Texas

Statewide non-profit that seeks to support all Texans in accessing and leveraging broadband.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Connect Humanity

Connect Humanity is a non-profit impact fund working to change that, combining tailored investments, strategic advice, and technical guidance so that everyone can connect to fast, affordable, reliable internet access.

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Connect Humanity
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Texas 2036

Texas 2036 is a non-profit dedicated to enabling Texans to make policy decisions through accessible data, long-term planning and statewide engagement.

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Texas 2036
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Digital Texas Coalition

Coalition co-founded by Texas Rural Funders which seeks to ensure all Texans have equitable access to reliable and affordable digital connectivity.

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Texas 2036
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Pathways to Digital Equity: How Communities Can Reach Their Broadband Goals–and Philathropy Can Help

Guidebook that helps communities evaluate and meet specific connectivity needs. It outlines community needs and how philanthropy can help.

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Benton Institute for Broadband and Society
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Federal Broadband Funding Guide

Updated Federal Broadband Funding Guide to provide a one-stop-shop of resources for applicants.

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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  • #Philanthropy
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing billions of dollars in rural communities across the country. This playbook can help rural communities understand the available funding.

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White House
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Digital Literacy Training from the Public Library Association

The Public Library Association announced digital literacy courses and training materials developed in collaboration with AT&T. 

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Public Library Association
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Building a Better America: Commerce Department Fact Sheet for Rural Communities

Information to help rural communities understand the available resources under the infrastructure law, where to apply, and how find more information.

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US Department of Commerce
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Get Connected Y’all: A Guide for Texas Communities on Securing Broadband

Guide from Texas Rural Funders with a step-by-step approach to securing fast, reliable, affordable broadband internet service in communities. 

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Texas Rural Funders
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Federal Resources for Rural America

The American Rescue Plan provides new and expanded opportunities for rural America. Aspen CSG is collecting links and resources explaining federal opportunities for rural people and places.

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Aspen Institute
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Texas Broadband Plan 2022

The Texas Broadband Development Office gathered input from the Texas Broadband Listening Tour and survey responses to create the first Texas Broadband Plan

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Broadband Development Office
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Opportunity Broadband

Pew Charitable Trusts has launched Opportunity Broadband, an alliance of partners committed to helping communities across the country use the nation's investment in universal, affordable broadband.

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Pew Charitable Trusts
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Where Are Families Taking Advantage of the Home Broadband Discount

Tool created through a partnership between Rural LISC and Heartland Forward, showing where households have enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program.

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Rural LISC and Heartland Forward
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Public Libraries Essential to Closing Digital Divide

Article detailing the role of public libraries in expanding digital equity through partnerships with government entities and other efforts.

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Government Technology
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Creating and Expanding a Diverse Broadband Workforce with Good Jobs and Career Pathways

Playbook from America Achieves and Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. with recommendations on growing the nation's broadband workforce.

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America Achieves and Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc.
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How Localities Can Better Promote Internet Subsidies

The Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (the Affordable Connectivity Program's predecessor) was intended to connect the unconnected. A recent study shows that the program did not achieve this goal, but local areas can increase program participation.

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Governing
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