A comprehensive community broadband infrastructure must include all “anchor” institutions, including non-profit public access centers, who play a substantial role in connecting the at large and especially disenfranchised in each community.
Esme Vos , for Muniwirless, writes:
The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it received 867 applications requesting $11 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects in Round 2. Unfortunately, the agency has only $2.6 billion to allocate for the second round. Applications came in from a diverse range of parties including state, local, and tribal governments; nonprofits; industry; anchor institutions, such as libraries, universities, community colleges, and hospitals; public safety organizations; and other entities in rural, suburban, and urban areas.