Because of relatively low population density, topographical barriers and greater geographical distances, broadband service may be more difficult to obtain in rural areas.
In attempting to address these challenges, some rural communities have found it helpful to develop a strategic plan for broadband deployment that includes creating a comprehensive business proposal to broadband providers. Such a plan, for example, could demonstrate to broadband providers that deployment is a sound business decision that would benefit both the providers and the community.
LinkWYOMING will be developing regional teams to address such challenges. This strategic planning process may include steps, such as:
- Educating the community about the potential benefits of broadband service;
- Creating partnerships among community organizations and institutions that might benefit from broadband deployment;
- Conducting an assessment and prioritization of the community’s needs for broadband service;
- Assessing and consolidating demand within the community to make service profitable for broadband providers, such as consumers, businesses, educational institutions, health care facilities and government agencies.