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• 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.

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  • 1. MN Broadband UpdateMMUA Winter Legislative Conference February 9, 2012
  • 2. Agenda• Opportunities for Municipal Utilities• Minnesota Broadband Task Force• Blandin Foundation MIRC Initiative• Key Infrastructure Projects
  • 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. 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. 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. The ICF Virtuous Cycle KNOWLEDGE INNOVATIONB WORKFORCE MR AO RA KD EB TA IN N DIGITAL INCLUSIOND G
  • 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. For more information Bill Coleman 651-491-2551bill@communitytechnologyadvisors.com www.blandinonbroadband.org