Sustainable and Equitable Innovative Funding Strategies for Enhancing Broadband Initiative in Underserved and Disadvantaged Communities

The overarching objective of this project is to create an economically sustainable and socially equitable business model to utilize innovative funding strategies for enhancing broadband access in rural areas, and underserved and disadvantaged communities. This research will apply a mixed-method research methodology, combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify and evaluate innovative funding strategies in the practical context of broadband connectivity in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

Preparing for Progress: Establishing Guidelines for the Regulation, Safe Integration, and Equitable Usage of Dockless Electric Scooters in American Cities

Personal electric scooters (also called e-scooters) have quickly gained attention in Western cities as a novel means of transportation. As community leaders seek a new generation of mobility options, e-scooters represent great promise but also considerable complexity. These privately-funded vehicles operate generally without much regulation, and many of the platforms require no fixed charging stations. Also, e-scooters can be parked wherever a user wishes to leave it. This has the potential to create obstacles on sidewalks or in the public right-of-way, a problem compounded by a general lack of enforceable regulation in cities.

Integrating Transportation Management Companies (TMCs) and Public Transportation

The rise of Transportation Management Companies (TMCs) like Uber and Lyft has disrupted and transformed the field of urban transportation. With near-ubiquitous access to a largely safe, comfortable, and reliable mode of transport, commuters and travelers are altering their transportation habits in unprecedented ways. As TMCs continue to grow in significance, the role of public transportation will unavoidably change in response.