States have taken a variety of approaches to improving rural broadband availability. However, few academic studies have explored the impacts of specific state-level policies. This brief examines the recent literature on this topic and highlights three main findings: 1) State funding and state broadband offices matter for increasing overall availability; 2) Restricting municipalities from offering broadband services holds back rural availability; and 3) “Dig-once” and permitting policies can improve fiber access.


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