Planning for Broadband 2013: MIRC

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Presentation to APA National Planning Conference on Planners' role in the Blandin Foundation's Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities project.

Presentation to APA National Planning Conference on Planners' role in the Blandin Foundation's Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities project.

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  • Kate McMahon from Montana organized the panel, following up on a Planning and Broadband book she helped write for APA. Some days I wonder why we try, and others it feels like we've made real progress.
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  • 1. Minnesota IntelligentRural CommunitiesPlanning for Broadband S553John C Shepard, AICPAPA’s 2013 National Planning Conference15 April 2013
  • 2. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural CommunitiesKey Learning Objectives•Broadband = Infrastructure•Blandin Foundation project involved Minnesota Planners inexpanding broadband access and use.•Evaluation provides useful lessons for all Planners
  • 3. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities• Broadband is essential infrastructure forthe 21st century• Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotansdont have access.
  • 4. http://connectmn.orgused with permissionBroadband Adoption Rate•Rural America is only 55%(NTIA 2011)•Rural Minnesota is ~64%.Access vs Adoption•61,000 UNSERVEDhouseholds (none avail)150,000 people•185,000 UNDERservedhouseholds (3Mbps/768k)450,000 people
  • 5. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities• $6.3 million ARRA-funded Blandin Foundation project,drawing on the Intelligent Community Framework tomobilize partners across Greater Minnesota.• Focus: Education & training, technical assistance,removing barriers to broadband adoptionhttp://www.blandinfoundation.orgused with permission
  • 6. MIRC — The Intelligent Community Frameworkhttp://www.intelligentcommunity.orgused with permissionBroadbandKnowledgeWorkforceInnovationDigitalInclusionAdvocacyIntelligentCommunityDevelopmentCycle
  • 7. MIRC — State-wide PartnersBusiness TrainingResident TrainingEvaluationOutreach andSupport11 Demonstration Communities
  • 8. MIRC — Demonstration Communities• Benton County• Cook County• Grand Rapids Area• Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe• Stevens County• Thief River Falls• Upper MN Valley RDC• Willmar• Windom• Winona• Worthingtonhttp://communitytechnologyadvisors.com/used with permission
  • 9. MIRC — Demonstration Project ExamplesUpper MN Valley RDC•Computer Commuter mobile lab•Public access to GIS•Public TV Broadband promo•Simplified PC interface for elderlyhealth careWindom•Videoconferencing equipment•Emergency services remote access•iPads/wifi at schools•Community web portal
  • 10. MIRC — Resultshttp://www.edacenter.org/mirc-dashboard.php used with permission
  • 11. MIRC — Lessons LearnedBroadband is Infrastructure• Electric/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telephone/CATVAccess is Everything• Not All “Broadband” Service is Equal• Rural Electric Cooperatives modelAdoption is Not Automatic• Create a Culture of Use (Community Development)• Communication, Communication, Communication
  • 12. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural CommunitiesBlandin Foundation Community Broadband Programhttp://broadband.blandinfoundation.orgBlandin on Broadband Blog: http://blandinonbroadband.orgIntelligent Community Forum:http://www.intelligentcommunity.orgConnected Nation Broadband Mapping:http://www.connectednation.org/data-center-mappingLinkAmerica Broadband Mapping:http://www.linkamericaalliance.comJohn C. Shepard, AICP; Senior PlannerLaramie County (WY) Planning & Developmentjshepard @ laramiecounty.com / 307.633.4523