What is CBAN?

Better broadband does build stronger communities, but millions of Americans don't have access to fast, reliable Internet.

The Community Broadband Action Network (CBAN) was established to provide a collaborative network and marketplace for communities, community-based broadband providers and solutions providers seeking to create or improve locally-operated broadband access.

Learn more about how we work on our Why CBAN? page.

CBAN aims to increase the number of communities able to successfully explore and execute their broadband options by:

  • Lowering sometimes-daunting information barriers
  • Making network construction and operations more viable
  • Forming and encouraging new partnerships

What we do

The Community Broadband Action Network (CBAN) is more than a think tank; our goal is to be a powerful "do tank," helping communities and solutions providers clear the hurdles that stand in the way of realizing the dream of better broadband access for every American.

Education

Often the best and most creative solutions to community challenges come through an open exchange of ideas among peers. CBAN will facilitate this idea exchange through events such as a biannual Community Broadband Summit, local and regional meet-ups, live and online talks and workshops, Broadband Bytes - our monthly roundup of industry and regulatory news - and through other channels as they present themselves.

Planned for 2019 is a resource library on this website to help our members learn about the industry, their broadband options, best practices and industry news.

Advocacy

CBAN is a strong advocate for improving broadband access for communities and their citizens. We believe that communities should have the right to explore all options for improved access, including partnerships and community-owned networks. We plan to serve as community broadband advocates across the spectrum of solutions.

Guidance

CBAN serves a vital role in “coaching” communities as they explore options for improving their broadband services. Rather than be left on their own to determine each important step, communities can look to CBAN to provide guidance and assistance as they work to attain their goals.