CIT announces release of broadband adoption guide

economic-forecast-headerThe Center for Innovative Technology announced this week the release of broadband awareness and adoption resources filled with strategies to assist local and regional governments in expanding “the 21st century infrastructure that enhances a community’s economic opportunities and quality of life.”

Based in large part on findings from work done by CIT Broadband officials in King and Queen County and other jurisdictions, the strategies focus on the following goals:

  • Increasing awareness of non-adopters of broadband to help them understand the benefits and services available on the internet.
  • Making broadband relevant for non-adopters by making beneficial services available online, thereby giving them a reason to get online.
  • Addressing costs to make it easier for people to access broadband services.
  • Continue working with communities to improve the availability of broadband services in “dark” areas where service is not currently available.

The detailed strategies are targeted to specific groups and are intended to provide local and regional officials with community-based programs to achieve these goals, which will in turn increase overall broadband adoption within communities and regions. Also included are links to additional resources.

Sandie Terry, Program Manager of CIT Broadband, said, “These strategies supplement the information in our workshops and online that help communities overcome obstacles to broadband access by educating community leaders on strategies to achieve improved broadband adoption. We want to be their partners in building the 21st century infrastructure that enhances their community’s economic opportunities and quality of life.”

The complete guide can be found here. To access additional resources, such as mapping, local toolkits and available grants, please visit CIT Broadband and The Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance.

 

About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org 

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT’s CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit www.cit.org.  Follow CIT on Twitter@CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.



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