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Telecommunications Initiatives

  1. 1. Act 183 Update Telecommunications Initiatives <ul><li>TCCP Telecommunications Summit June 7, 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Luc M. Miron </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> DCED Technology Investment Office </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Act 183 expands original Chapter 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized several ambitious initiatives which will substantially increase the investment in telecommunications infrastructure within the Commonwealth </li></ul>Reauthorization of Chapter 30 (aka Act 183 of 2004)
  3. 3. <ul><li>33 Pennsylvania ILECs filed Amended NMP (4 ILECs exempt due to size) </li></ul><ul><li>Option One: Rural ILECs commit to 100% broadband availability by 2008 29 companies </li></ul><ul><li>Option Two: Rural ILECs commit to 80% broadband availability by 2010 and 100% by 2013 plus offer BFRR and Business Attraction & Retention Program (BARP) Embarq & Windstream </li></ul><ul><li>Option Three: “Nonrural ILECs” commit to 100% by 2015, plus offer BFRR and Business Attraction & Retention Program (BARP) Verizon and Verizon North </li></ul>Regulatory Options for Amending NMPs
  4. 4. <ul><li>Several new programs administered by DCED: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach & Aggregation Fund (BOAF) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bona Fide Retail Request Program (BFRR) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory of Telecommunications Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Attraction & Retention Program (BARP) </li></ul></ul>New Telecom Programs
  5. 5. <ul><li>BROADBAND OUTREACH & AGGREGATION FUND (BOAF) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant program to help communities aggregate the demand for broadband service to generate new demand for services in a more timely fashion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission & Purpose: “outreach programs concerning the benefits, use and procurement of broadband services” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately $2.2M available FY 2006-07; approximately same amount for FY 2007-08 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program Administration Update: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidelines available at: www.newpa.com/broadband or www.broadbandinpa.com </li></ul></ul>Broadband Outreach & Aggregation Fund (BOAF)
  7. 7. <ul><li>Grant Considerations – The Six “Cs” of BOAF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>C apability & Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C ommunity Need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C atalyst for Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C oordination with Act 183 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C urrent Local Connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C onsideration of Other Issues </li></ul></ul>Broadband Outreach & Aggregation Fund (BOAF)
  8. 8. <ul><li>FY06-07 Grantees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>13 grant awards in FY 06-07 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good distribution in terms of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic location (local, regional, statewide) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type of recipient (LDD, EDC, non profit assn, tech council, college, etc) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus of project (econ dev; education; health care) </li></ul></ul></ul>Broadband Outreach & Aggregation Fund (BOAF)
  9. 9. Broadband Outreach & Aggregation Fund (BOAF)
  10. 10. <ul><li>BONA FIDE RETAIL REQUEST PROGRAM (BFRR) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>BFRR: How does it work? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any person, business, local government, LDD, IDC, etc, may submit written request for advanced services to the ILEC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BFRR is request for advanced service by residents/entities representing 50 access lines, or 25% of a ‘community’, whichever is less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quid Pro Quo: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customer must commit to take service for one year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ILEC must provide service within one year </li></ul></ul></ul>Bona Fide Retail Request Program (BFRR)
  12. 12. <ul><li>Assessment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently 90 BFRR thresholds achieved = accelerated deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lake Wynonah; Standing Stone; Shade Gap; Shohola; Brave; Rogersville; Corsica; Barrville; Sandy Creek; Pine Grove; Michaux Oaks; Big Run; Numidia; Confluence; Girard; Patton; etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verizon: 58 BFRRs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embarq: 21 BFRRs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windstream: 11 BFRRs </li></ul></ul>Bona Fide Retail Request Program (BFRR)
  13. 13. <ul><li>BFRRs – Deployment Across Pennsylvania </li></ul>Bona Fide Retail Request Program (BFRR)
  14. 14. <ul><li>BUSINESS ATTRACTION & RETENTION PROGRAM (BARP) </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Overview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides mechanism for DCED to accelerate deployment for economic development purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRIGGER” </li></ul><ul><li>Priority Areas” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deployment to areas identified by DCED as ‘lacking adequate access to advanced or broadband services which would be important in order to promote economic development projects in those areas’ </li></ul></ul>Business Attraction & Retention Program (BARP)
  16. 16. <ul><li>Practical Illustration of BARP Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family practice location in Sheffield, PA (Warren County) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DCED submitted request to Windstream (Alltel) on behalf of Warren General Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospital system wanted to implement electronic medical records (EMR) system, access hospital records and result, distance medicine (teleradiology, etc) - impossible without broadband access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>July 2006 - Windstream now providing telecom access to physicians’ office in Sheffield, PA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deployment achieved via BARP process - direct result of DCED-issued request to ILEC on behalf of constituent </li></ul></ul>Business Attraction & Retention Program (BARP)
  17. 17. <ul><li>INVENTORY OF TELECOM CARRIERS & SERVICE AVAILABILITY </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Act 183 imposes mandate for DCED to create an Inventory of Services database </li></ul><ul><li>“ Collection, compilation and maintenance of a comprehensive listing of advanced and broadband services available from all advanced and broadband service providers operating in the Commonwealth, irrespective of the technology used” </li></ul>Inventory of Services
  19. 22. <ul><li>www.newpa.com/broadband </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>www.broadbandinpa.com </li></ul>For More Information
  20. 23. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Luc M. Miron, JD MBA </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Wrap-Up

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