Resources

Publications

  • Report: Verizon’s 5G Promises Ring Hollow in Sacramento (PDF)
    The public-private partnership between the City of Sacramento and Verizon Communications promised to make Sacramento one of the nation’s first “5G cities.” Yet the deal has failed to deliver promised benefits, and residents may wonder whether this partnership is a corporate giveaway.

  • CWA FCC Reply Comment on the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework (PDF)
    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) submitted Reply Comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s Public Notice seeking comment on improving the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework, particularly in response to network restoration efforts in Florida following Hurricane Michael in 2018.

    For more coverage of broadband policy from CWA, visit www.SpeedMatters.org.

Small Cell Deployment

  • National League of Cities (NLC), Municipal Action Guide: Small Cell Wireless Technology in Cities (PDF), August 2018
    This action guide from the National League of Cities provides an overview of small cell technology, as well as guidance on how local governments can plan for, develop policy and processes around, and manage the deployment of, small cell wireless infrastructure. It also provides city leaders with strategies for proactively engaging with wireless providers and residents to plan for small cell networks in their communities.

  • National League of Cities & National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), Alternative Model Code for Municipalities (PDF), August 2018 
    NLC and NATOA’s model code is intended as a roadmap to assist local governments in adopting their own ordinances governing use of the rights of way by communications providers.

  • NATOA, FCC Small Cell Order Implementation Guide (PDF)
    NATOA  released a Guide to help local governments respond to the FCC’s September 2018 
    Order on small wireless infrastructure deployments and associated fees for use of the rights of way and public property in the rights of way.

Digital Equity

  • National Digital Inclusion Alliance
    The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. The organization works collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. 

    • Worst Connected Cities
      Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), NDIA ranks all 186 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by the total percentage of each city’s households lacking fixed broadband internet subscriptions.

  • Pew Research, Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet
    For more than 15 years, Pew Research Center has documented the growth and distribution of the Internet in the United States. Explore the patterns of internet and home broadband adoption in this fact sheet.

  • City of San José, Digital Inclusion Fund (PDF)
    The San José Digital Inclusion Fund is the largest of its kind in the nation. The initiative will be partially funded by the revenue from the small cell usage fees paid by telecommunications companies to upgrade broadband networks that lay the groundwork for 5G, and will provide programs and grants to the community to close the digital divide in San José.