Broadband networks are part of the DNA of resilient communities. As evidenced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, reliable and high-speed connections are vital for education, health, safety, and economic development. Natural disasters pose ongoing threats to broadband networks across the country, which only underscores the importance of centering resiliency planning in broadband deployment strategies.  

In Communities Responding to Natural Disasters Through Network Resilience, Ryan Johnston examines emergency response efforts in California, Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, and Louisiana. Building on local insights, Johnston explains:

It is time for federal entities to prioritize network resilience planning. Ensuring that citizens have the most basic form of access, even during natural disasters, will increase public safety and prevent much of the anxiety and fear felt by citizens when they cannot reach family, friends, or trusted sources of information during a crisis. Planning for the future is necessary and essential, especially as weather conditions grow more extreme and, nationwide, residents have become increasingly reliant on broadband connectivity for key information.

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March 2021 Publication _ Network Resilience Paper by Ryan Johnston _ Final Publication