Communities from Cleveland, OH, to New Orleans, LA, Santa Rosa, CA, Richmond, VA and Laramie, WY join the Neighborly Community Broadband Accelerator to secure their own access to information and boost local resilience and self-reliance.

More than 100 communities, through local broadband advocates and government officials (CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, Mayor’s, City Council members) applied to supercharge their local broadband ambitions; we had such an overwhelming response, we expanded the class size to accept 35 communities in this cohort.


Communities in the program are guided through the full process of establishing a broadband network, starting with an educational curriculum in partnership with industry experts, and ending with Neighborly financing at a competitive, below industry rate cost.

Expert guest lecturers include:

  • Blair Levin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
  • Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
  • Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self Reliance
  • Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
  • Anne Schwieger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate, City of Boston

Community broadband networks represent critical public infrastructure — the modern equivalent of bridges and the water system — and are essential to secure and ensure independent access to information, translating to political freedom, educational attainment, public health, economic opportunity and other foundational tenets of any modern society. These networks will also provide the foundation for all next-generation infrastructure, from smart storm drainage systems to community solar microgrids.

We are excited to welcome the following communities into this program:

  • Fresno, CA
  • Nevada City, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Lyons, CO
  • Madison, CT
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Brockton, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Millinocket, East Millinocket & Medway, ME (on behalf of Katahdin Broadband Utility)
  • Windham, ME (on behalf of Lakes Region Broadband Partnership)
  • Blue Hill, Brooksville, Deer Isle, Penobscot & Sedgwick, ME (on behalf of Peninsula Utility for Broadband)
  • Metuchen, NJ
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Portland, OR
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Block Island, RI
  • Sweetwater, TN
  • Baird, TX
  • Ashland, VA
  • Manquin, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Enosburgh, VT
  • Sauk County, WI
  • Laramie, WY

Thanks go to our expert selection panel, Christopher Mitchell and Deb Socia, who helped us finalize this cohort.

About Neighborly
Neighborly connects communities with the capital they need to fund vital public projects like schools, libraries and parks, and next-generation resilient infrastructure like solar microgrids and community broadband networks. Neighborly makes it easier and less expensive for communities to reach investors; easier for investors to direct their dollars towards the world positive projects that matter to them; and more seamless for investment institutions to maximize impact portfolios for their clients. With Neighborly, individuals and businesses can invest directly in their communities and the civic projects they care about. Investors include Emerson Collective, 8VC and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures.

Neither Neighborly, nor any of its subsidiaries, are registered as a Municipal Advisor under the SEC’s Regulation MA. Securities offered through Neighborly Securities, member FINRA/SIPC and registered with MSRB.