Many communities have used the following steps to develop
Step 1: Create a leadership team. The team should consist
of leaders from all the key sectors of the community, including education,
government, business, and community organizations.
Step 2: Conduct an assessment. Use the CENIC Self
Assessment Guide for Communities to find out which sectors are well connected, which are
not. Draw a map that shows which high-speed services are available
to which neighborhoods and districts. Evaluate the communities
strengths and weaknesses.
Step 3: Create a plan of action. Use the Assessment Guide framework to
structure your ideas for action initiatives.
Step 4: Announce the plan and begin implementation. The
media can be a valuable ally in spreading the word about the why getting
connected is important and what the community is doing about it.
Communities used this approach with cities and counties across the United States and in Japan. All sectors of the community,
including the communications companies, get involved. The process initiates a community-wide dialog that
creates a strong base of support.
The process has three phases: