OP-ED: "Connecting anchor institutions to broadband requires access to poles" July 14, 2021
Date: July 14, 2021
Outlet: Broadband Breakfast
Written By: John Windhausen Jr.
Excerpt: "Anchor institutions are the gateway to the community, often providing digital literacy training and sharing wi-fi connections with the general public. Unfortunately, anchor institutions themselves have trouble obtaining the broadband that they need, often due to the high costs and low returns in rural and other high-cost markets.
To address these problems, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition believes policy-makers should provide greater funding and remove the roadblocks that deter greater broadband investment by all broadband providers, including both commercial and non-profit providers. In particular, we need to reform the outdated, lengthy and costly process of attaching broadband cables to utility poles."