State Broadband Task Forces, Commissions or Authorities and Other Broadband Resources
All 50 states have created either a task force, commission, or authority to coordinate broadband exapnsion. Some states have created programs to identify underserved and unserved areas through online public mapping websites, while others have established task forces or commissions to provide input on the development of a statewide broadband framework and promote public-private sector participation. At least 26 states have enacted these active/current initiatives and authorities through legislation.
Permitted uses should include “investing in broadband infrastructure, giving schools and libraries flexibility in how to use broadband connections, subsidizing broadband access and providing Wi-Fi-enabled devices directly to students and patients in need.”