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4/6 - Planning for Broadband (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Broadband is an essential infrastructure for residents, businesses, institutions, and communities to participate in a global digital economy. Broadband isn’t a new topic of discussion, and while much of the densely populated areas of the country enjoy quality wired and wireless connectivity, the United States still lags behind much of the developed world in broadband penetration, speed, and adoption in rural areas. While those without access to broadband infrastructure are unable to enjoy its many benefits, current research suggests the United States also has a broadband adoption and use problem. To benefit from broadband and related technologies, a community must take a comprehensive planning approach and address access, adoption, and use simultaneously. Communities across the country are taking part in local broadband and technology planning efforts, and technology planning closely follows the format of traditional planning. Stakeholders are gathering to assess the local technology landscape, gathering input from the public, identifying gaps, creating action plans, and implementing projects to increase technology access, adoption, and use with great success. This session will make the case for local broadband planning and provide a model for engaging local stakeholders, and deliver information and examples for how to begin broadband and technology planning in your community.

Hosted by APA's Technology Division.

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

This webinar is offered as a part of the APA Chapter & Division Webcast Consortium. APA-IL is part of this consortium of APA Chapters & Divisions that provide FREE webcasts (therefore FREE CM) to all consortium members. As a member of the APA-IL - you are a member! Enjoy these live webcasts from the comfort of wherever you can access the internet.

To see webcasts scheduled for 2018, Distance Education Webcasts, presentation pdfs and recordings, please visit:

Note: sessions are only available for 1.5 CM credits if you view them live. For distance education sessions, click here.

Submit Your Webcast Ideas for 2018

In order for the consortium to function, each of the consortium's participating members are asked to provide the webcasts. Chapters and Divisions are already booking their sessions for 2018. If you have an idea for a webcast, please email Trevor Dick, AICP, APA-IL Professional Development Officer at It’s easy, just email Trevor your topic and name of the presenter(s) and the Consortium will take it from there! We'd love to have you represent the Illinois Chapter!

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