General Information

The purpose of the Broadband Ready Community Designation is for a community to demonstrate that a local unit of government has taken steps to reduce obstacles to broadband infrastructure investment. A local government that has amended their comprehensive plan as required by Senate Bill 402 and has adopted a model ordinance is eligible to apply for a Broadband Ready Community Designation. Broadband Comprehensive Planning The purpose of a community amending their comprehensive plan to include a broadband element is to ensure that a community adopts a strategy that demonstrates the promotion of broadband within the community. DCA has developed and approved the rules for the new element required for a community to include in their comprehensive plan. The rules are being communicated to local governments and Regional Commissions. Plans must include the update prior to being eligible to apply for a Broadband Ready Community Designation. Broadband Model Ordinance The purpose of the model ordinance is to signal a local unit of government has taken steps to reduce obstacles to broadband infrastructure investment. The broadband model ordinance has been developed through collaboration with representatives of local governments and providers. *Please note that a Designation Recertification will be required every calendar year. Also, the recertification must meet the Local Comprehensive Plan and Model Ordinance requirements.