Community Needs and Goals
One of the first things that a community must do before launching a broadband initiative is decide exactly what it wants to accomplish and who will receive services.
Determine your community’s connectivity needs.
Determine who will receive the service and benefit in your community.
Common metrics for broadband planning include the number of households, businesses and/or anchor institutions to be served by the proposed project.
Determine existing demand for broadband and projected growth of demand in your community.
Inventory the assets that are readily available and obtainable in your community.
What are the inventory contributions?
- State and local government assistance (tangible and intangible).
- In-kind assets the community has to offer.
- Towers, high structures, rights of way, ongoing or pending capital projects, municipally owned utilities and existing vendor relationships.
- Internet service providers in your area.
- Current broadband services and infrastructure.
- The closest middle mile project.
(Middle mile refers to the network between local access and the destination network.)
Determine what speeds are available in different parts of the community.
This is vital for determining which areas are eligible for funding under the IIJA BEAD unserved and underserved cascading requirements.
How much speed do you need?
|Internet speed||Works for|
- Checking email
- Streaming music on one device
- Searching the Internet
- Streaming video on one device
- Video calling
- Online gaming for one player
- Streaming HD video on a few devices
- Multiplayer online gaming
- Downloading large files
- Streaming video in UHD on multiple screens
- Downloading files quickly
- Gaming online for multiple players
- Doing a lot of almost anything on numerous devices simultaneously
Source: HighSpeedInternet.com, How much internet speed do I need?
Things to consider and include in your plan
As communities develop broadband plans, they should consider and include the following data:
- Project area
- Project technology type(s): fiber, coaxial cable, terrestrial fixed wireless, etc.
- Total distance of planned wireline
- Total number of locations to be served:
- Number receiving 25/3 megabits per second (Mbps) or below
- Number receiving between 25/3 Mbps and 100/20 Mbps
- Latitude/longitude at each structure where service will be installed
- Location type of each structure to be served
- Residential (If residential, number of housing units)
- Community anchor institution
- Total project cost
- Cost per location for the project, and how this was calculated
- Speed and latency at each location after completion
- Maximum download speed offered
- Maximum download speed delivered
- Maximum upload speed offered
- Maximum upload speed delivered
If you have additional questions, email the Broadband Development Office or call 833-3-TEXBDO toll-free.