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A Presentation for the Blandin Foundation 2008 Broadband Conference, Connecting Communities: Making the Net Work in Minnesota.

A Presentation for the Blandin Foundation 2008 Broadband Conference, Connecting Communities: Making the Net Work in Minnesota.

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Government Broadband Applications Gary Shelton, County Administrator, Scott County Government Broadband Applications Gary Shelton, County Administrator, Scott County Presentation Transcript

  • Scott County Fiber Project Blandin Broadband Conference December 4, 2008
  • Communication / Information Issues
    • Growing need for big broadband connections – internally, externally, governmentally, commercially
    • Increasing expense despite declining rates the overall expense – due to increased capacity needs – is increasing
    • Costs and bandwidth needs are stifling integration and many creative efforts and integrations – progress fails as discussions never get past bandwidth discussion
    • Disparate access – even within County borders
  • Communication / Information Strategy
    • Development of “trusted” communication and information network(s ) – locally, regionally, nationally (“blueprint” for interoperability)
    • Access to broadband – fixed and mobile platforms (“blueprint” for infrastructure )
    • Industry direction, standards or guidelines applicable to interoperable communication and information systems (“blueprint” for exchange)
    • Structured funding , procurement, and implementation process
    • Principles, guidelines and procedures to foster development and implementation of a coherent and need-driven communication / information system
    • Facilitation of cooperation and coordination among the related local and regional organizations necessary to maximize shared benefits and reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts
  • Guiding Principles Secure Government Network High, Scalable Bandwidth Shared Government Services Open and Independent Architecture
    • Externally had a need for better access to Minnesota’s High Capacity Backbone
    • Borrowed staff from Dakota County to provide guidance and expertise
    • Mapped publicly owned fiber – discovered there was virtually no publicly owned fiber (no islands to connect) – only real fiber assets were those that County, City of Shakopee and Shakopee Schools had jointly built in 2005
    Scott County Planning & Implementation
    • Developed a plan to construct a publicly owned fiber backbone that would connect:
      • All county owned facilities – large and small
      • All 800 MHz Towers
      • All libraries
      • All city halls / police departments
      • All school districts
      • Directly to Minnesota’s State High Capacity Backbone
      • Directly to Minnesota’s Commercial Telecommunications Hub at 511 Building
      • Directly to Dakota and Carver Counties
      • Directly to Minnesota State University at Mankato
    Scott County Planning & Implementation
    • Issued RFP and developed public / private partnerships between the County and two companies to:
      • Construct a 98 mile (84 fiber) backbone throughout the County
      • Construct connecting laterals to libraries, cities, etc.
      • Lease / manage (non-restricted fiber) in Metro Ring
      • Offset maintenance backbone maintenance costs
      • Construct interconnection to Dakota and Carver Counties
      • Construct interconnection to MSU - Mankato
    • Developed cooperative approach with State Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) to provide network equipment, network management, and share some costs.
    Scott County Planning & Implementation
    • Developed co-operative approach (agreements) with Cities, and Schools to share fiber assets and lateral maintenance costs
    • Created a robust fiber County Owned Network that interconnects the various agencies and provided big broadband capabilities to their facilities and the State
    • Improved services and reduced costs
    • Added competition – potential for economic development
    • Potential concerns:
      • Long term cost reductions dependent upon continued cost sharing with private companies
      • Competition with private sector interests
    Scott County Planning & Implementation
    • Integrate networks: Scott – build connection to Dakota County network through Lakeville Schools & Dakota – build connection to Scott County’s leased fiber at Northern Service Center
      • Provide Scott with
        • A redundant (southeastern) route to OET and Metro Ring
        • Ability to more effectively and efficiently share resources with Dakota County IT / GIS
      • Provide Dakota with
        • An alternate (non leased) network path from Northern Service Center
        • Increased capacity (OC12 to Gigabit) to State/OET
        • Ability to more effectively and efficiently share resources with Scott County IT / GIS
        • Potential means to leverage fiber to further economic development
    Scott / Dakota Collaboration
    • Connect Networks: Scott & Private Provider – build connection to MSU Mankato network with joint construction and interconnection with Blue Earth County and City of Mankato
      • Provide Scott with
        • A redundant (southern) route out of Scott County – to MNET
        • Direct connection to MSU Mankato
        • Reduced Costs
        • Interconnection with additional counties
      • Provide Blue Earth and Mankato with
        • Fiber path to OET and MNET
        • Reduced Costs
      • Provide OET with
        • Fiber path to southwestern Minnesota
        • Reduced Costs
    Scott / Blue Earth / Mankato Collaboration
    • Connect Networks: Scott & Private Provider – build connection to Carver County Government Center
      • Provide Scott with
        • A fiber path to Norwood Young America 800 MHz Tower
        • Redundant prime controller access
        • Revenue
        • Interconnection with additional county
      • Provide Carver County with
        • Fiber path to OET and MNET
        • Reduced Costs
      • Provide Chaska with
        • Fiber path to OET and MNET
        • Reduced Costs
      • Provide OET with
        • Fiber path to southwestern Minnesota
        • Reduced Costs
    Scott / Carver / Chaska Collaboration
  • Outcomes
  • Scott County Fiber Backbone
  • Metropolitan Connection
  • Mankato Connection
  • Local Government Network
  • MNET -- Minnesota’s Network for Enterprise Telecommunications High Capacity Backbone
    • High capacity and highly redundant voice, data, video and radio (800 MHz) shared, secure and scalable system
    • Increased control and security of public safety and network communications combined with e nhanced capabilities for long term NG9-1-1 strategy
    • Enhanced the ability to share applications, systems and to provide disaster operations and recovery
      • Shared Voice over IP telephone network
      • Shared remote IT Network and Desktop support – (after hours support)
      • Shared applications
      • Shared (combined) data center, data storage capacity, and disaster recovery site
    Outcomes
    • Unlimited and county-wide access to distance training and learning opportunities
    • WIMAX wireless overlays within each city and potentially the townships to enhance Mobile Data Capabilities
    • Prepares the County (long term) for capacity needs within both the governmental and commercial areas
    • Controllable and declining (as opposed to growing) telecommunications costs – across all governmental units – state, county, city
    • A very short Return on Investment (ROI) - providing the best overall value to the taxpayers of Scott County
    Outcomes
  • Questions?