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Active Citizenship – How A Coalition of
St Louis County Townships is
Addressing Broadband Needs
Scott Mead, Pequaywan Town...
Cook County
Fiber Optic
Project

Northeast
Services
Coop
Fiber Optic
Project

Lake County
Fiber Optic
Project

Broadband D...
A Grass-Roots Team Was Formed
NORTH STAR, NORMANNA AND PEQUAYWAN TOWNSHIPS
started a Committee of Interested Citizens to d...
What did our questionnaire find?
The most common sources of internet were Satellite > Cellphone > DSL > Dial up

18% use D...
We set a Goal of 10 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up (= State of
MN Broadband Goal)
Joint Powers Agreement for the CVII Steering Co...
Feasibility Studies to Make Us “Shovel Ready”

CVII did a preliminary feasibility study and a full feasibility study
2 stu...
We developed additional
materials
• County Assessor’s office

shared public data on
Residential and Seasonal
property
• Fr...
More Homework
Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative
2010-11 Population Summary (From US Census and St Louis Co Assessor)
TOWN...
We will use our study results to leverage providers

We will maintain a goal for 10 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up and communicat...
• Coop Light and Power Wireless
• CLP installed a tower in Normanna Twnshp as a
test site
• Normanna tower - 7mbps capabil...
THANK YOU!
St Louis County Commission
Coop Light and Power
ARDC – Pat Henderson
Blandin Foundation and Their Consultants
A...
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•Innovative Rural Wireless Deployment, Scott Mead, Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative and Kevin Olson, Cooperative Light and Power

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  1. 1. Active Citizenship – How A Coalition of St Louis County Townships is Addressing Broadband Needs Scott Mead, Pequaywan Town Board and CVII Steering Committee
  2. 2. Cook County Fiber Optic Project Northeast Services Coop Fiber Optic Project Lake County Fiber Optic Project Broadband Development All Around Us - But No Plans for Development in Our Townships !
  3. 3. A Grass-Roots Team Was Formed NORTH STAR, NORMANNA AND PEQUAYWAN TOWNSHIPS started a Committee of Interested Citizens to develop a strategy Consulting Support from the Blandin Foundation (Thank you!) Citizens developed Community Outreach / Education Materials and distributed them at picnics, lake association meetings, mailings, emailings, newsletters Citizens developed a Questionnaire to determine level of satisfaction with current Internet sources and interest in improvements “would you pay?” Blandin consultants supported an on-line questionnaire Briefings to surrounding townships – Alden, Ault, Fairbanks, and Gnesen- joined the CVII St. Louis County added two unorganized townships Collected responses from > 500 households (residents and seasonals)
  4. 4. What did our questionnaire find? The most common sources of internet were Satellite > Cellphone > DSL > Dial up 18% use Dial-up access! 70% rated current service “fair – to – poor” 19% rated current service “good – to – excellent” 11% do not use the internet 95% “somewhat likely or very likely” to pay for high-speed broadband i (85% “very likely”) Needs: On-line education (teaching/learning), telecommuting, small businesses, on-line health care, communications (Skype,email,etc.), entertainment,shopping. Township needs – Fire dept/EMT training and coverage, business transactions, communications
  5. 5. We set a Goal of 10 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up (= State of MN Broadband Goal) Joint Powers Agreement for the CVII Steering Committee Approved and joined by 7 townships plus 2 unorganized Each township contributed $$ New organization demonstrates a coordinated effort and a larger market
  6. 6. Feasibility Studies to Make Us “Shovel Ready” CVII did a preliminary feasibility study and a full feasibility study 2 studies to demonstrate opportunities for broadband and the cost and design needed to implement fiber optic and DSL – to make us “shovel-ready” 1) Comparison of opportunities, pros and cons across all potential providers 2) Engineering, Market and Cost analysis of fiber optic
  7. 7. We developed additional materials • County Assessor’s office shared public data on Residential and Seasonal property • Friends at Univ. MN turned the addresses into a map • Shows that residents and Seasonals are distributed along Corridors…. Routes for Broadband?
  8. 8. More Homework Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative 2010-11 Population Summary (From US Census and St Louis Co Assessor) TOWNSHIP 2010 Population (US Census) 2011 Residential units (SLC data 201-203)* 2011 Seasonal Units (SLC data 152)* Alden 213 81 23 Ault 109 54 24 Fairbanks 63 45 47 Gnesen 1683 720 157 Normanna 796 268 6 North Star 190 99 118 Pequaywan 130 80 140 53-15 (Island Lake) ? ** 115 134 54-13 (Little Pequaywan) ? ** 34 17 1496 666 TOTAL >3184 ** US Census does not display populations for un-organized townships *Data for homestead property and seasonal property obtained from St Louis County Assessor’s Office in 2011
  9. 9. We will use our study results to leverage providers We will maintain a goal for 10 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up and communicate it! (State of MN border-to border-target) Do we need state and federal assistance $/grants/loans?
  10. 10. • Coop Light and Power Wireless • CLP installed a tower in Normanna Twnshp as a test site • Normanna tower - 7mbps capability • Testing shows very favorable results • Each tower has 10+ miles radius • Additional towers are being planned
  11. 11. THANK YOU! St Louis County Commission Coop Light and Power ARDC – Pat Henderson Blandin Foundation and Their Consultants AgStar Financial Services Town Boards for Alden, Ault, Fairbanks Gnesen, North Star, Normanna, Pequaywan Connect Minnesota Lake Connections and many town residents
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