Welcome to AAPB, the American Association for Public Broadband!

Advancing Public Broadband in the United States

For decades, municipal networks have achieved success across the country. Now, with AAPB, we have a clear unified voice. We work collaboratively with communities, policy makers, service providers, and other industry groups to advance high-speed broadband deployments in the United States.


Community Networks


Homes Passed


In Economic Impact

Anything is Possible, When We Work Together

AAPB embraces all members of the governmental sector, industry/thought leaders, vendors, and advocacy groups. We understand that we cannot connect America without the help and assistance of the entire community. We welcome and thank you for being part of the solution.

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Federal and State officials are hearing from constituents that high-speed broadband should be prioritized,

With $65 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) about to flow to the 50 states.

Many state broadband directors have taken jobs in Washington, D.C., or have left the public sector altogether.


AAPB Is A 501 (C)(6) Non-Profit Organization That Will Build A Diverse Membership Of Public Broadband Networks From Around The Country, And Advocate In Support Of Municipal Broadband And Local Choice At The Federal, State, And Local Levels.

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Gigi Sohn announced as 1st Executive Director of American Association for Public Broadband

Moments ago, Gigi Sohn wrapped her fireside chat at this year’s Broadband Communities Summit by announcing that she’ll be serving as the Executive Director of the American Association for Public Broadband (AAPB).  She will also continue her work as a Senior Fellow and Public Advocate at the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.   The […]

Colorado Repeal of Community Broadband A Turning Point Decades in the Making

Colorado Repeal Of Community Broadband Ban A Turning Point Decades In The Making | Welcome to Community Networks ( By Karl Bode  of Community Networks on Thursday May 11, 2023 Colorado state leaders have voted to eliminate long-criticized state barriers to municipal broadband networks. Community broadband advocates hope it will be a beacon for other […]

Can Publicly Owned Internet Close the Digital Divide in US Cities? Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON – Software engineer Dan Shuhler spent 15 years frustrated with patchy internet service while living in apartments in Arlington, Virginia – and having no recourse. Each of those complexes contracted with just a single internet provider, leaving residents with no option for other services – a common situation, he said. […]

Community-Owned Broadband Network Again Tops List Of Most Popular ISPs

from the community-broadband-is-good dept Community-Owned Broadband Network Again Tops List Of Most Popular ISPs | Techdirt Wed, May 31st 2023 03:31pm – Karl Bode techdirt For two decades, frustrated towns and cities all over the country have responded to telecom monopolies by building their own fiber broadband networks. Data routinely shows that not only do these networks provide faster, […]