Informal Policies

Community Broadband Playbook

Top Takeaways

  • Lessening deployment costs is the key to encouraging development in your area.
  • There are many ways that your city or county can work informally to lessen deployment costs and encourage an incumbent or new provider to increase broadband availability in your area.

Encouraging broadband deployment does not always mean new local or state legislation or officially changing zoning laws or other regulations. A city or county can informally work to lessen deployment costs in several ways.

  • Providing market research or other studies or data, including GIS maps, surveys and other geographic information, that will help providers make strategic deployment decisions
  • Assisting providers in applying for local, county or state permits or other necessary documents
  • Assisting providers in marketing efforts, including distributing local or county press releases endorsing broadband expansion, promoting broadband on the official government website, holding public education forums, inserting marketing materials in constituent bills and other mailed items, and using other local- or county-managed communications instruments.
  • Facilitating involvement and endorsement of local groups, schools, businesses and nonprofits, including the Chamber of Commerce, real estate offices, hospitals, etc.
  • Encouraging businesses to offer free wireless broadband access to customers.


We'll do all we can to help your community reach its goals.