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  • 1. Digital Advocacy Webinar Series Rural Connectivity in the Digital Age July 9, 2013 2:00pm ET Our panelists: Wally Bowen, Exec. Dir., Mountain Area Information Network Drew Clark, Exec. Dir, Broadband Illinois Our moderator: Marty Newell, COO, Center for Rural Strategies Funding from
  • 2. Question and Answer by Chat How we’ll spend this next hour together:  GotoWebinar tech overview  Introductions  Presentations by Wally Bowen and Drew Clark
  • 3. GotoWebinar Tips:  This webinar will be recorded and made available on the RuralXChange website this week.  All webinar controls are located on your toolbar on the right side of your screen. You can minimize or move the bar for a better view of the presentation.  All participants will be muted throughout the webinar.  If you have a question for the presenters or have technical difficulties, please use the chat feature located at the bottom of your tool bar.
  • 4. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina Rural Digital Advocacy Project Mountain Area Information Network Asheville, North Carolina www.main.nc.us/bbmap
  • 5. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina ● Project Goal: ● To document citizens' actual experience of broadband access. ● To compare this experience with the FCC's predicted availability for broadband access.
  • 6. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina
  • 7. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina ● 16 counties in western North Carolina ● Based on FCC map for broadband availability ● Speed Test tool used by the FCC ● FCC BB definition: 4 MB down/1 MB up
  • 8. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina ● “Learn more” : Policy overview & current news ● “Tell Your Story” : Personal experience ● “Take Action” : What citizens can do
  • 9. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina ● Only 15% met minimum FCC standard ● 48% reported no access to wireline broadband ● No DSL user met FCC 1 Mbps up standard ● 20% of NA located in FCC access
  • 10. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina Basic Ingredients ● Open Source GIS (geographic info system) ● OpenGeo Suite http://opengeo.org ● Quantum GIS http://qgis.org ● FCC broadband map data files
  • 11. Mapping Broadband in Western North Carolina Rural Digital Advocacy Project Mountain Area Information Network Asheville, North Carolina www.main.nc.us/bbmap
  • 12. IllinoisWiFi A new Mobile App developed by Broadband Illinois and Softweb. Helping people get connected to high speed internet, wherever they are in Illinois.
  • 13. Better Broadband, Better Lives 7/14/13 2 In rural areas, and even in cities, it is sometimes hard to find a hotspot to get connected. Broadband Illinois has created an app for Illinoisans’ to find and share their favorite spots to connect to High Speed Internet whether they are in Chicago or Cairo.
  • 14. Find local hotspots 7/14/13 3 •  Search for local free and paid WiFi hotspots •  Keep a list of your Favorite hotspots •  Search through Recently viewed hotspots •  Add new hotspots and information about new hotspots
  • 15. 7/14/13 4 Search your area Find convenient connectivity and get directions to your favorite spots whether paid or free.
  • 16. Filter and find detailed information 7/14/13 5
  • 17. Add hotspots on the go 7/14/13 6 Submit WiFi hotspots through the app or through our online portal…
  • 18. Online Portal 7/14/13 7
  • 19. Outreach !  During the initial launch of the app, Broadband Illinois will be partnering with University of Illinois Extension to gather and verify local data through area 4H students. !  Broadband Illinois will provide incentive to the area chapters for help with strengthening our 10,000+ entry database. 7/14/13 8
  • 20. For Further Information Drew Clark Executive Director Broadband Illinois 217-886-4225 drew@broadbandillinois.org http://broadbandillinois.org 7/14/13 9