Government Broadband Applications Gary Shelton, County Administrator, Scott County

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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

  1. 1. Scott County Fiber Project Blandin Broadband Conference December 4, 2008
  2. 2. Communication / Information Issues <ul><li>Growing need for big broadband connections – internally, externally, governmentally, commercially </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing expense despite declining rates the overall expense – due to increased capacity needs – is increasing </li></ul><ul><li>Costs and bandwidth needs are stifling integration and many creative efforts and integrations – progress fails as discussions never get past bandwidth discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Disparate access – even within County borders </li></ul>
  3. 3. Communication / Information Strategy <ul><li>Development of “trusted” communication and information network(s ) – locally, regionally, nationally (“blueprint” for interoperability) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to broadband – fixed and mobile platforms (“blueprint” for infrastructure ) </li></ul><ul><li>Industry direction, standards or guidelines applicable to interoperable communication and information systems (“blueprint” for exchange) </li></ul><ul><li>Structured funding , procurement, and implementation process </li></ul><ul><li>Principles, guidelines and procedures to foster development and implementation of a coherent and need-driven communication / information system </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation of cooperation and coordination among the related local and regional organizations necessary to maximize shared benefits and reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts </li></ul>
  4. 4. Guiding Principles Secure Government Network High, Scalable Bandwidth Shared Government Services Open and Independent Architecture
  5. 5. <ul><li>Externally had a need for better access to Minnesota’s High Capacity Backbone </li></ul><ul><li>Borrowed staff from Dakota County to provide guidance and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Scott County Planning & Implementation
  6. 6. <ul><li>Developed a plan to construct a publicly owned fiber backbone that would connect: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All county owned facilities – large and small </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All 800 MHz Towers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All city halls / police departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All school districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly to Minnesota’s State High Capacity Backbone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly to Minnesota’s Commercial Telecommunications Hub at 511 Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly to Dakota and Carver Counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directly to Minnesota State University at Mankato </li></ul></ul>Scott County Planning & Implementation
  7. 7. <ul><li>Issued RFP and developed public / private partnerships between the County and two companies to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construct a 98 mile (84 fiber) backbone throughout the County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construct connecting laterals to libraries, cities, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lease / manage (non-restricted fiber) in Metro Ring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offset maintenance backbone maintenance costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construct interconnection to Dakota and Carver Counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construct interconnection to MSU - Mankato </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developed cooperative approach with State Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) to provide network equipment, network management, and share some costs. </li></ul>Scott County Planning & Implementation
  8. 8. <ul><li>Developed co-operative approach (agreements) with Cities, and Schools to share fiber assets and lateral maintenance costs </li></ul><ul><li>Created a robust fiber County Owned Network that interconnects the various agencies and provided big broadband capabilities to their facilities and the State </li></ul><ul><li>Improved services and reduced costs </li></ul><ul><li>Added competition – potential for economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Potential concerns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term cost reductions dependent upon continued cost sharing with private companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition with private sector interests </li></ul></ul>Scott County Planning & Implementation
  9. 9. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Scott with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A redundant (southeastern) route to OET and Metro Ring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to more effectively and efficiently share resources with Dakota County IT / GIS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Dakota with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An alternate (non leased) network path from Northern Service Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased capacity (OC12 to Gigabit) to State/OET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to more effectively and efficiently share resources with Scott County IT / GIS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Potential means to leverage fiber to further economic development </li></ul></ul></ul>Scott / Dakota Collaboration
  10. 10. <ul><li>Connect Networks: Scott & Private Provider – build connection to MSU Mankato network with joint construction and interconnection with Blue Earth County and City of Mankato </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Scott with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A redundant (southern) route out of Scott County – to MNET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Direct connection to MSU Mankato </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interconnection with additional counties </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Blue Earth and Mankato with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber path to OET and MNET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide OET with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber path to southwestern Minnesota </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul>Scott / Blue Earth / Mankato Collaboration
  11. 11. <ul><li>Connect Networks: Scott & Private Provider – build connection to Carver County Government Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Scott with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A fiber path to Norwood Young America 800 MHz Tower </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Redundant prime controller access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Revenue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interconnection with additional county </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Carver County with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber path to OET and MNET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Chaska with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber path to OET and MNET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide OET with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber path to southwestern Minnesota </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Costs </li></ul></ul></ul>Scott / Carver / Chaska Collaboration
  12. 12. Outcomes
  13. 13. Scott County Fiber Backbone
  14. 14. Metropolitan Connection
  15. 15. Mankato Connection
  16. 16. Local Government Network
  17. 17. MNET -- Minnesota’s Network for Enterprise Telecommunications High Capacity Backbone
  18. 18. <ul><li>High capacity and highly redundant voice, data, video and radio (800 MHz) shared, secure and scalable system </li></ul><ul><li>Increased control and security of public safety and network communications combined with e nhanced capabilities for long term NG9-1-1 strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced the ability to share applications, systems and to provide disaster operations and recovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Voice over IP telephone network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared remote IT Network and Desktop support – (after hours support) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared (combined) data center, data storage capacity, and disaster recovery site </li></ul></ul>Outcomes
  19. 19. <ul><li>Unlimited and county-wide access to distance training and learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>WIMAX wireless overlays within each city and potentially the townships to enhance Mobile Data Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Prepares the County (long term) for capacity needs within both the governmental and commercial areas </li></ul><ul><li>Controllable and declining (as opposed to growing) telecommunications costs – across all governmental units – state, county, city </li></ul><ul><li>A very short Return on Investment (ROI) - providing the best overall value to the taxpayers of Scott County </li></ul>Outcomes
  20. 20. Questions?

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