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The problem of rural communities and a lack of broadband infrastructure is not a new one. Several land-grant universities have come up with guides that communities can follow when faced with this problem. The first, created by faculty at Penn State and the University of Minnesota, contains a step-by-step planning guide that walks a community through all necessary procedures - from finding a team to look at the issue all the way through constructing and implementing an action plan. The second, created by an independent consultant and a professor at Illinois, gives an overview of broadband technology and discusses several key questions a community must face, including the financial feasibility of their location and how to estimate the potential for demand.

Connecting Rural Communities - A guide from University of Minnesota Extension

Planning for Internet Connectivity - A Resource for Communities (University of Illinois)