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Blandin Broadband Stimulus Pre-Planning

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A presentation given to broadband leaders in Minnesota who might have an interest in coordinating efforts to bring federal stimulus funding to the state.

A presentation given to broadband leaders in Minnesota who might have an interest in coordinating efforts to bring federal stimulus funding to the state.

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  • 1. Broadband Initiative Stimulus Partnership Meeting April 21, 2009
  • 2. Blandin Broadband Initiative To ensure a high quality of life and a globally competitive future for its citizens, businesses and communities, Minnesota is committed to making the necessary investment to become a world leader in the universal deployment and use of ultra high-speed next generation broadband
  • 3. Goals
    • Increase understanding, capability and urgency of Minnesota’s leadership about the need to enhance Minnesota’s always-on, universal telecommunications network.
    • Stimulate timely and effective public and private investment in rural networks and application.
    • Maximize the value of Internet connectedness for rural residents, businesses and communities.
  • 4. Pre-Meeting Survey Results Who’s Interested?
  • 5. Pre-Meeting Survey Results Our Organization is:
  • 6. Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds
    • Three Key Programs
      • Department of Commerce – NTIA
        • $4.7 Billion
        • $350 for mapping and community development
      • Department of Agriculture – RUS
        • $2.5 Billion
  • 7. NTIA – Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)
    • $3.75 B for competitive grants for community oriented networking needs
      • Unserved
      • Underserved
      • High value targets – schools, libraries, health care
    • $200 M for public computer center capacity
    • $250 M for “sustainable adoption of broadband service
    • $350 M for broadband mapping and other activities
  • 8. USDA Rural Utility Service
    • $2.5 B for:
      • RUS Community Connect Grant Program
      • Rural Development Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
    • Rural Focus:
      • 75% of area served shall be in a rural area w/o sufficient access to facilitate rural economic development
  • 9. Other Opportunities
    • Transportation infrastructure funds
    • Public housing infrastructure
    • Energy efficient housing retrofits
    • School construction
    • Smart grid
    • Health information
  • 10. Blandin Foundation Current Stimulus Thinking
    • Goal
      • Bring more federal BB resources to rural communities!
    • Premise
      • Build on our successful experience w/ proven programs
        • Community Broadband Resources/Get Broadband
        • LightSpeed
        • Network Feasibility Studies
    • Model
      • Implement through partnerships to be determined
  • 11. Blandin Commitment
    • Blandin Foundation brings
      • Match
      • Grant management experience
      • Broadband experience
    • Prospective partner roles
      • Match
      • Staff capacity for regional/local implementation
      • Project development
  • 12. Discussion
  • 13. Next Steps

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