Broadband is fast becoming the foundation of our communications and computing infrastructure and is an essential backbone of our economy – improving quality of life and accelerating delivery of services across the different community anchor institutions and sectors. Community Anchor Institutions, known as CAIs, are the cornerstones of communities in every state. The National Telecommunications Information Administration ( NTIA) classifies CAIs into the following seven categories:
K-12 schools, libraries, colleges, healthcare institutions, public safety offices, government agencies, and other key non-government institutions.
Community anchor institutions need high-bandwidth broadband connections to deliver essential services, including online learning, remote medical care, job training, access to e-government benefits, and many more. With the increasing usage of high-definition video and other bandwidth-intensive media, these institutions need to have sufficient coverage to provide the levels of service needed in a digital economy, and communities need to plan for additions of even greater levels of bandwidth in the future.
CAIs often need capacity of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) or even 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps), which is far greater than the bandwidth needed by individual households. These are the levels needed to deliver state of the art services and innovative solutions that constituents and customers are demanding.
To learn more about the benefits of broadband, visit our website and read about the different ways that ConnectingNJ is working to gain participation and involvement in broadband decision-making and expansion planning across the State.