Broadband Policy Webinar

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Broadband Policy – As a warm-up to our December conference, learn about the critical issues that the MN Broadband Task Force will be considering, including the role of the public sector in broadband network deployment and alternative network management practices (network neutrality, pricing, bandwidth and download caps). A panel of experts will provide perspective on each issues. Part of the Blandin Broadband webinar series.

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Broadband Policy Webinar

  1. 1. Blandin Foundation Broadband Policy Webinar November 19, 2008
  2. 2. To get started… <ul><li>Thanks to our webinar speakers! </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to the U of M NRRI for the use of the webinar software! </li></ul><ul><li>Please keep your phone on mute! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions through the chat feature on the lower left side of your screen. </li></ul><ul><li>This webinar will be available online at www.blandinonbroadband.org sometime tomorrow. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a policy? <ul><li>a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc </li></ul><ul><li>a course of action adopted and pursued by a government, ruler, political party, etc </li></ul><ul><li>action or procedure conforming to or considered with reference to prudence or expediency </li></ul><ul><li>sagacity; shrewdness </li></ul>
  4. 4. Broadband Policy Questions <ul><li>What are Minnesota’s broadband policies? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is responsible for setting broadband policies in MN? In the USA? </li></ul><ul><li>How do prospective “broadband” policies relate to the current separate regulation of telephone, video services and the non-regulation of the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How do policies affect the deployment and operation of networks by providers and the use of the network by customers? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Today… <ul><li>Two key policies will be explored by presenters – </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Randy Young, MTA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steve Downer, MMUA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network Management Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bil MacLeslie, ipHouse ISP </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Public Sector Participation <ul><li>Active Participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to fund infrastructure as long term asset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local control of economic competitiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More responsive to citizens and business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfair competitive position with advantages in financing, taxes, ROW control, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic technology and competitive environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risky investment for government </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Network Management <ul><li>Net neutrality </li></ul><ul><li>Download caps </li></ul><ul><li>Access to networks by competitive providers </li></ul><ul><li>File sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Network Management <ul><li>Net neutrality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Net neutrality? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the big deal? Should I be worried? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But the market will win, right? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download caps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unprecedented demand for bandwidth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Excessive” utilization? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time based vs. consumption based markets. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Network Management <ul><li>Access to networks by competitive providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The delicate balance of bandwidth demand and network neutrality – Can it be done? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation prevents access to networks, preventing network neutrality. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>File sharing / Individual Privacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should access providers become data managers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will pay for such management? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What about the privacy of subscribers? Who will protect them? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board Vision and Principles
  11. 11. 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 class leader in the universal deployment and use of ultra high-speed next generation broadband Blandin Broadband Vision
  12. 12. Principles <ul><li>Ubiquity-available to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Symmetry-two way </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable-rates people can afford </li></ul><ul><li>Competition-increases choice and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>World Class-global standards </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration-public and private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Neutrality-platform neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability-seamless connection </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Issues?
  14. 14. Participate in the MN Ultra High Speed Broadband Task Force Policy Panel Discussion Blandin Broadband Conference “ Connected Communities” December 3 – 4 ADC Headquarters - Eden Prairie
  15. 15. Thank You! www.blandinonbroadband.org For online access to this webinar

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