A Joint Report of The Alliance for Public Technology and the Communications Workers of America
State Broadband Initiatives – Laboratories of Innovation Access to affordable, high-speed Internet is absolutely essential in today’s society. Advanced communications networks are vital to a region’s economic growth and job creation. High-speed networks permit cost-effective advances in health care, education,
public safety, environmental protection, independent living, and other government services.
This report surveys state broadband initiatives in seven key areas: broadband commissions, task forces, and authorities; public-private partnerships; direct funding programs; state networks; telehealth initiatives; tax policies; and demand-side programs. Taken together, they provide a checklist for state policymakers who want to move forward to encourage investment in and adoption of high-speed broadband networks. For local and national policymakers, these state programs can inform and guide federal and local broadband initiatives.