The adoption and expansion of broadband has brought about derived economic value and services to communities. This report illustrates the results of a survey carried out in the US to analyze deployment of broadband technology as economic engine. The topics covered include state of broadband and impact in local economies, broadband-driven education and healthcare initiatives as well as community broadband funding. Both urban and rural communities have favoured network ownership through municipalities or partnerships.
Key words: data networking, fiber optics, broadband technology

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