TALLADEGA, Ala. – On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will deliver community broadband technical assistance program meetings at Talladega City Hall.
The meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.
The broadband assistance program, administered by the ADECA Digital Expansion Division, provides technical assistance to units of local government and other public stakeholders in Alabama seeking to deploy or expand broadband infrastructure and services.
This program is funded through grants from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and National Telecommunications and Information Administration and will help communities prepare for broadband deployment and digital opportunities.
Broadband services allow for high-speed data transmission, and increasing and maximizing the physical access and range of broadband will improve Alabama counties capitalize on windows of opportunity in the digital world.
This program enables participating counties and jurisdictions within those counties the tools to understand broadband gaps and opportunities.
This county-level broadband technical assistance will involve three phases:
1. Stakeholder engagement and asset identification for broadband readiness
2. Data collection and collaboration to baseline broadband needs and assess current state
3. Strategy development for broadband deployment and digital opportunity partnerships
Over the next few years, Alabama will make unprecedented funds available for this specific purpose and local engagement is critical to shaping the state’s plans.