No One Approach Fits All States in Efforts to Expand Broadband Access

50-state table of the agencies, commissions, and other entities involved in connectivity projects

No One Approach Fits All States in Efforts to Expand Broadband Access

States differ in how they manage broadband deployment and which agencies or offices they task with identifying challenges, charting goals, and encouraging investment. Some states have a centralized office responsible for managing or coordinating broadband efforts. In others, multiple agencies have jurisdiction over broadband. States have written plans, created maps, or identified goals and funding mechanisms for their broadband work; some have almost all of these, while others have few or none.

The table indicates whether a state has the following:

  • Office: A centralized office for broadband projects.
  • Agency: State agency(ies) involved in broadband projects.
  • State task force: A formalized team—often involving multiple agencies and sectors—dedicated to broadband issues.
  • State broadband plan: An approach to implement efforts.
  • State broadband goal: An objective or milestones.
  • State broadband map: A mapping effort underway to identify where broadband is and isn’t.
  • State broadband fund: A funding mechanism(s).

When possible, the information below includes links to more information about state-specific projects. This information is in a sortable format. To learn about the state laws that govern these efforts, visit our State Broadband Policy Explorer.

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