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Leading a discussion on broadband policy in Minnesota in preparation for public comments for the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force in Grand Rapids Minnesota on June 19, 2009. Sponsored ...

Leading a discussion on broadband policy in Minnesota in preparation for public comments for the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force in Grand Rapids Minnesota on June 19, 2009. Sponsored by the Blandin Foundation

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  • BROADBAND IN MINNESOTA Critical Issues For Consideration
  • The MN Ultra High Speed Broadband Task Force is charged with advising the 2010 MN Legislature on state broadband policy. What do you want them to know?
  • Agenda Topics
    • What is broadband and why do we want it?
    • Where are we now?
    • Where do we want to go?
    • How do we get there?
    • Why do we want broadband?
  • Where are we now?
    • As a nation
    • Minnesota
    • In this region
    • In your community
    My assumption: The best broadband is high-speed, low-cost, ubiquitous and reliable!
  • International Comparisons - OECD USA
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  • Global Comparison - Price per MB USA
  • Minnesota Broadband Statistics
    • Center for Rural Policy – Late 2007 data
      • Broadband Users
        • 52.3% of rural residents
        • 57.8% statewide average
        • 63% metro residents
      • Dial Up Users
        • 38% statewide say broadband too expensive
        • 30% rural say broadband not available
  • Ubiquity Scenarios Metro Area
    • Metro Area
      • Duopoly almost everywhere
      • Prime business areas (Downtowns, Eagan, Eden Prairie, etc.) served by multiple fiber networks by CLECs
  • Ubiquity- Greater Minnesota
    • Duopoly (cable and DSL) in county seats and other towns over 1,000
    • CLEC
      • 100% CLEC overbuild in limited number of Qwest communities
      • Cherry-picking CLEC in many Qwest areas via fiber and leased copper
    • Broadband in rural countryside highly variable depending on provider
        • Certain coverage in rural coops
        • General coverage in private rural companies
        • Increasing coverage by smaller investor owned providers
        • Limited coverage by larger investor owned providers
    • Wireless coverage
      • Fixed wireless dependent on topography and trees
      • Mobile wireless dependent on market
    • Smallest communities
      • Single provide or no provider depending on local telephone company and wireless coverage
    • According to Connected Minnesota, over 90% of MN households have available broadband services of at least 786k.
  • Orange – fiber Pink – Cable modem Purple – DSL Grey – Unserved Blue – Mobile wireless
  • Where do we want to go? (Interactive Session)
    • What goal for bandwidth?
    • Should the goal have tiers, depending on location and usage?
    • Should mobile broadband be a part of this discussion?
    • Broadband – essential utility or market service?
  • What are the best ways to stimulate broadband development?
    • Free markets and private investment
    • Government incentives
    • Government mandates
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Public networks with private providers
    • Public utilities
    • Private
    • Public
    Where do cooperatives fit into this list?
  • Why do we want broadband? Application examples
    • Regional and Local Examples
      • Health
        • SISU
      • Education
        • Infinity
      • Community
        • Cook County
    • Tool Kit
      • http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org
  • Input for the Task Force What is this region’s message? Who will speak?