Broadband Update in MN for the MN Municipal Utility Association

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A presentation given to the MN Municipal Utility Association on

• Opportunities for Municipal Utilities
• Minnesota Broadband Task Force
• Blandin Foundation MIRC Initiative
• Key Infrastructure Projects

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  • On a base of solid broadband infrastructure, communities pursue the creation, attraction and support of knowledge workers; spur innovation; and address digital inclusion. Communities create their marketing/advocacy story based on these assets.
  • Broadband Update in MN for the MN Municipal Utility Association

    1. 1. MN Broadband UpdateMMUA Winter Legislative Conference February 9, 2012
    2. 2. Agenda• Opportunities for Municipal Utilities• Minnesota Broadband Task Force• Blandin Foundation MIRC Initiative• Key Infrastructure Projects
    3. 3. Broadband Opportunities for Municipal Electrics• Economic development – Area businesses drive residential demand • Data centers • Industrial park • Main street • Co-working centers • Home – based businesses – Community institutions need broadband • Schools • Health care providers • Local government• Network control – Sub-stations – Community-wide smart grid• Geographic decisions – City-wide – Targeted areas – Countywide, possibly in partnership with rural electric coop
    4. 4. MN Broadband Task Force• 10 – 20 Mb to every home and business by 2015 – State Broadband Goal• Task Force Members – MHTA’s Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Chair – Significant rural representation• Task Force Activities – Statutory Report completed • http://mn.gov/commerce/images/Broadband-TF-Report2011.pdf – Plan to Plan adopted • http://mn.gov/commerce/images/BroadbandPlanOutline.pdf – Upcoming Greater MN meetings
    5. 5. Blandin FoundationMN Intelligent Rural Communities Program• $4.8 million NTIA Sustainable Broadband Adoption Program• Goals: – Drive adoption – Increase sophistication of use• Intelligent Community framework• 11 Demonstration Communities• State partners – DEED Workforce – U of M Extension – MNSCU – PC’s for People – MN Renewable Energy Marketplace – Regional Development Commissions• Community Broadband Resources Program – Up to 32 hours of community technical assistance on broadband
    6. 6. The ICF Virtuous Cycle KNOWLEDGE INNOVATIONB WORKFORCE MR AO RA KD EB TA IN N DIGITAL INCLUSIOND G
    7. 7. Key ARRA Infrastructure ProjectsMiddle Mile Last Mile• Northeast Service Coop • Lac qui Parle• Enventis Telecom County/Farmers Mutual• Zayo/Anoka County • Appleton/Federated• Carver County Telephone Cooperative• HickoryTech • SW MN Broadband Service • Cook County/Arrowhead Electric• Project updates are in the most recent MN Broadband • Lake County Taskforce Report
    8. 8. For more information Bill Coleman 651-491-2551bill@communitytechnologyadvisors.com www.blandinonbroadband.org

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