Fiber is on fire and there are a number of state and federal resources that may provide or identify resources for organizations, companies and communities that want to build or attract next generation networks.
Want to see where broadband is deployed in your area, compare to other regions, locate the nearest fiber to the home network or view providers by speed, offerings and connections in your community? Check out the National Broadband Map, a joint project of the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Department of Commerce.
The Economic Development Administration gives grants for broadband to support regional and local economic development and assistance in scoping out those proposals.
USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Programs provide a variety of loans and grants to build and expand broadband networks. Loans to build broadband networks and deliver service to households and businesses in dual communities provide a necessary source of capital for rural telecommunications companies, broadband, wireless companies, and fiber-to-the-home providers. Grant funding is reserved for communities with the highest need that lack access to broadband service. Eligible applicants include for-profit and non-profit entities, tribes, municipalities, and cooperatives. The agency particularly encourages investment in tribal and economically disadvantaged areas. Through low-cost funding for broadband infrastructure, rural residents can have access to broadband service that will close the digital divide between rural and urban communities, that is sustainable over time, and this crucial for economic development.
State Broadband Programs - Sept 2016
State Representatives to the FCC-State 706 (Broadband Deployment) Joint Board have published a 50 state compendium of state broadband programs. The link above will take you to a page where the document can be downloaded.
The Fiber to the Home Council has collected information of potential grants, resources and partnership opportunities for all 50 states -- including links to relevant web sites. In some cases you will find statutes and regulations applicable to community fiber deployment.