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Community Planning

Office of Broadband Development

These are resources for communities to use when planning their broadband development.

Feasibility Studies

The Blandin Foundation commissioned a study to look at what local communities can learn from the feasibility studies the Blandin Foundation has funded.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

NTIA has issued several publications that provide guidance on ways to improve broadband service in your community.

Planning a Community Broadband Roadmap
This toolkit provides steps that can be taken to create a Community Broadband Roadmap. DEED has prepared a two page summary of the Roadmap.

Public Private Partnership Primer
This document provides a basic introduction to a variety of partnership models for communities considering new broadband projects.

NTIA has other resources available as well on its website.

GigU/Benton Foundation

The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook provides community leaders with ideas for achieving affordable, abundant broadband connectivity by reviewing existing models and identifying best practices. 

Google Checklist

Google Fiber is deploying broadband in three areas: Kansas City; Austin, TX; and Provo. To assist communities interested in facilitating the deployment of fiber in their town, Google Fiber put together a checklist of best practices compiled from the Fiber to the Home Council, the Gig U report and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


In 2008, Fergus Falls, Minnesota began its local telework initiative. To assist other communities interested in promoting telework, the Forward Fergus Falls Telework Committee put together a manual of what they learned.

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