Research by Anne Roberts Brody


SLC Regional Resource | April 2020

Missed Connections: State Funding Mechanisms for Broadband Expansion

Anne Roberts Brody

High-speed internet access, commonly referred to as “broadband,” is provided by a series of technologies — cable, telephone wire, fiber, satellite, mobile and fixed wireless — that allow users to send and receive data at speeds necessary to support a wide range of applications for voice communications, entertainment, telemedicine, distance education, telework, e-commerce, civic engagement, public safety and energy conservation, to name a few. Access to reliable, high-speed internet is vital to almost every aspect of the nation’s economy, and communities with broadband access enjoy a wide array of benefits. Often compared to the electrification of rural America, the increasing efforts to expand broadband access in rural areas have gained momentum across the South.

While the rate of broadband adoption continues to grow, largely in urban and suburban areas, numerous studies and surveys indicate that broadband deployment in rural areas continues to lag. Rural areas also tend to have fewer broadband providers, leading to limited options and competition for customers, as well as slower connection speeds. Meanwhile, nearly one quarter of rural adults say that access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community.

State laws and policies can facilitate and encourage broadband expansion in underserved rural areas. Building upon the 2016 SLC Regional Resource, The Role of State and Local Government in Broadband Deployment, this SLC Regional Resource explores funding mechanisms implemented by Southern states to encourage broadband expansion in rural, unserved and underserved areas.


SLC Regional Resource | January 2020

The Netherlands Model: Flood Resilience in Southern States

Anne Roberts Brody

In recent years, Southern states have been inundated by major flooding events. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), annual flood records are expected to be broken again in 2020 and beyond. Taken together, these repeated flood events can create a significant and long-term strain on states’ economies, both in terms of tangible losses and damages, as well as lost productivity. This SLC Regional Resource reviews recent flooding data in Southern states and explores how the Netherlands’ model of “living with water” may help states strengthen their resilience while reducing the cost of recovery for future flood-related disasters.


Other | December 2019

Issues to Watch - 2020

Anne Roberts Brody, Cody Allen and Roger Moore

As the 2020 legislative cycle approaches, legislators across the South are preparing and pre-filing legislation to address emerging and relevant policy issues in their states. With its regional focus, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) is uniquely positioned to identify and research current and emerging policy issues and trends. This report was prepared by Anne Roberts Brody, policy and program manager, and Roger Moore and Cody Allen, policy analysts, and provides a sampling of issues and trends that are anticipated to emerge during the 2020 legislative term. State actions referenced in this report may represent appropriate policy options for Southern lawmakers to consider and, as such, may include bills or policies originating outside the SLC region.

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More Research by Anne Roberts Brody


Policy Analysis | March 2019

Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals

Policy Analysis | January 2019

Medical Marijuana Laws in Southern States

Other | January 2019

Issues to Watch - 2019

Policy Analysis | October 2018

CDL Waivers for the Agriculture Industry

SLC Special Series Report | October 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part III)

Policy Analysis | April 2018

Apiculture and Land Use Valuation

SLC Special Series Report | January 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part II)

SLC Special Series Report | May 2017

Blown Away: Wind Energy in Southern States (Part 1)

SLC Regional Resource | December 2016

The Case for Cuba

Policy Analysis | September 2016

Agricultural Exports to Cuba

Policy Analysis | June 2016

Work Conditions for Mothers

Policy Analysis | April 2016

Landfill Tipping Fees

Policy Analysis | October 2015

Wild Fires

SLC Regional Resource | February 2015

SLC State Efforts to Rebuild the Coastline

Policy Analysis | January 2015

State Occupational Boards and Commissions Fees

SLC Regional Resource | December 2014

Charging Forward: Net Metering Policies in SLC States

Webinar | December 2014

Non-Ratepayer Energy Efficiency Options

Policy Analysis | December 2014

Southern States' State Energy Plans