Local Government’s
Broadband Role in Minnesota
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Mike Reardon, MACTA President & former
Broadband Task Force member
Minnesota Association of Community
Telec...
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Protect and serve the public
interests:
 Public Rights-of-Way (ROW)
 Municipal broadband services
 Collaboration
Steward of a valuable and increasingly scarce
public resource
• Responsible for the management of this
critical asset, ded...
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ROW management
responsibilities include
coordination of utilities
Local government recognizes most
expeditious and e...
No one size fits all - Broadband
Task Force
 Municipal ownership/operation is
an option
 If there are no sacred
cows, th...
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Public/private partnerships
Not a “Barrier to Entry”
Financing
Coordination/model zoning
Dig once
What can M...
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  • Steward – Valuable & increasingly scarce PUBLIC resource. 2 words standout in this bullet, scarce and public. Refer to Eagan. Public – the public entrust us to oversee the management of this land. St. Cloud MN – gas pipe explosion which killed 4 peopleWhile this thankfully doesn’t happen too often, it reminds all of us that the ROWs need oversight
  • In addition to ensuring safe vehicle and pedestrian traffic along the streets, we need to coordinate utility placement and ensure public safety when the ROWs are being by such activities. We acknowledge the ROWs are the best manner for the industries to hang their wires, place their towers, and plant their infrastructure. It makes perfect logical sense to use this public resource. If the ROW were not available, then the industry would have to go door to door and negotiate its passage through the community. Promised Land. Natural gas company obtaining rights to use private property. Local government is NOT a BARRIER TO ENTRYDakota County – Dakota Future example. collaborative endeavor between Dakota County local govt agencies, and broadband reps, to determine how to improve broadband delivery throughout the county. A result of this collaboration was that cities now help industry speed the time to market for new deployments. If a BB company has a project passing through multiple cities they can go online, one-stop shop, and get permits from every city in itspath, and county ROW too
  • The intial BB Task Force, in their report, acknowledge that no one size fits all. Elected officials don’t wake up saying, let’s build a broadband network today. Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
  • Collaboration – The act of working together with one or more people to achieve something. Again, we are not a barrier to entry. We encourage competition, we encourage development, and we are an option.Financing – I ask the Task Force to look at bonding options that local governments can provide as a possible funding solution for a collaborative venture. Again, look at the Dakota County model. I think it is a great example the Task Force encourage. Dig once. Thank you for recommending it and thanks to legislature for passing it.Finally, how can MACTA help in this effort to achieve the State goals. We are willing to provide assistance to the Task Force and to the Office of Broadband. Just ask.
  • Macta presentation to the governors broadband task force

    1. 1. Local Government’s Broadband Role in Minnesota
    2. 2.      Mike Reardon, MACTA President & former Broadband Task Force member Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators Formed in 1982, currently represents 138 Minnesota cities & townships Support members by providing education, legislative and regulatory assistance & information on cable television, broadband & telecommunications Work closely with the LMC
    3. 3.  Protect and serve the public interests:  Public Rights-of-Way (ROW)  Municipal broadband services  Collaboration
    4. 4. Steward of a valuable and increasingly scarce public resource • Responsible for the management of this critical asset, dedicated to first ensure public safety • St. Cloud, MN 1998
    5. 5.   ROW management responsibilities include coordination of utilities Local government recognizes most expeditious and efficient manner to deploy industry infrastructure is using the ROW
    6. 6. No one size fits all - Broadband Task Force  Municipal ownership/operation is an option  If there are no sacred cows, then 65% super majority must be removed 
    7. 7.       Public/private partnerships Not a “Barrier to Entry” Financing Coordination/model zoning Dig once What can MACTA do to help?

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