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Getting Started with Community Broadband

Your community is excited about moving forward with community broadband and all that it offers. Figuring out how to start is another story. Adding or expanding connectivity for your community can be an inspiring, but sometimes intimidating prospect, and understanding your starting point and where to focus are vital elements for a successful initiative. And of course, understanding what broadband is all about will help you and your community make the best decisions for your connected future.

The Getting Started toolkit is intended to support your community in clarifying where you are at and where you want to go with community broadband, as well as helping you build your capacity along the way. It includes easy-to-use, actionable tools for you to work through, to start your journey of making community broadband a reality.

These tools cover three main themes:

1. Understanding your broadband context & needs
2. Crafting your community broadband vision
3. Getting to know broadband

This suite of toolkits is designed to support small communities across Canada for whom community broadband may be a good option for improving connectivity. These “small” (but mighty) communities range from remote, northern and Indigenous communities to rural areas and small towns, some close to urban centres.

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