Broadband Best Practices In Rural Mn 102009

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Broadband Best Practices In Rural Mn 102009

  1. 1. Blandin Foundation Webinar Broadband Best Practices Bill Coleman Community Technology Advisors October 20, 2009
  2. 2. Discussion <ul><li>What broadband changes are you struggling to make happen in your community? </li></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>Private Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Qwest </li></ul><ul><li>Regional carriers like Zayo and Enventis </li></ul><ul><li>Independent telephone companies </li></ul><ul><li>Cable television companies </li></ul><ul><li>CLECs </li></ul><ul><li>National carriers </li></ul><ul><li>Cellular carriers </li></ul><ul><li>Public Sector </li></ul><ul><li>State of Minnesota (mostly leased) </li></ul><ul><li>Public safety wireless </li></ul><ul><li>School districts (owned and leased) </li></ul><ul><li>Counties and municipalities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I-Nets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISPs/Triple play </li></ul></ul>
  4. 7. 786k 10 Mb 100 Mb 1 Gb
  5. 8. <ul><li>According to Connected Nation, 96% of Minnesotans have access to broadband at 786k download or better </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all without broadband connection options are in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>80/20 rule of deployment costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the situation in your community? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does your ubiquity change as the bandwidth standard goes up? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is broadband ubiquitous if it is beyond the financial reach of many citizens? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. <ul><li>Internet Connection Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 Mb at the Minneapolis NAP = $4-$8/Mb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 Mb to greater MN locations = $65-$88/Mb </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Within a network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operational costs of bandwidth flowing within a network are very low. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State BB task force recommends that providers make efforts to keep more network traffic in MN rather than pay to send it to Chicago and back </li></ul></ul>
  7. 11. Stimulating Network Investment
  8. 12. Best Practices
  9. 13. <ul><li>Partnering in Brainerd Lakes Area to use school district fiber ring investment to jumpstart CLEC activities in Brainerd, Baxter and Nisswa – filling the “black hole” and stimulating competitive response from Qwest and Charter. </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering in Staples to build community fiber ring connecting key institutions and deploying wireless technology to serve the greater Staples area. </li></ul>
  10. 14. ECMECC ( East Central MN Education Cable Cooperative) <ul><li>Cooperative connects 13 school districts throughout east central region with high capacity fiber </li></ul><ul><li>Fiber provided by US Cable and SGI Cable companies </li></ul><ul><li>Companies leveraged fiber investment to bring broadband to small communities within the region </li></ul>
  11. 15. <ul><li>High capacity fiber network investment in partnership with private sector to link all Scott County facilities and communities </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with Dakota and Blue Earth Counties and Minnesota State University-Mankato to add redundancy and value </li></ul><ul><li>Enables easier entry for competitive broadband services throughout the county </li></ul>
  12. 16. <ul><li>Committed municipal effort to build FTTH </li></ul><ul><li>TDS competitive response with FTTH </li></ul><ul><li>Is this really a best practice case study? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Double investment in fiber capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge legal fees by city and TDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost time before deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community energy </li></ul></ul>
  13. 17. Emerging Projects <ul><li>Southwest Fiber Project – extension of Windom city network to surrounding rural communities </li></ul><ul><li>Cook County – countywide FTTP network </li></ul><ul><li>Lake County – countywide FTTP network </li></ul><ul><li>Lac qui Parle County – county partnership with Farmers Telephone to explore 100% FTTH </li></ul><ul><li>Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>The most important connections are within your own community </li></ul><ul><li>The network value accelerates with more people connected </li></ul><ul><li>Tech-centered companies want high-capacity, low-cost, redundant networks </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs want connectivity in the places where they want to live which may be outside of the community </li></ul>
  15. 19. Discussion <ul><li>How is your network treating your community? </li></ul>
  16. 23. Growing Sector Sophistication
  17. 26. Best Practices
  18. 27. Best Practices - Subscription <ul><li>Education of targeted groups through tech classes, tech fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling of used computers to those without them, especially tied to classes </li></ul><ul><li>Increase access at libraries, schools, senior centers and other places </li></ul>
  19. 28. Best Practices - Sophistication <ul><li>Web site and other technology training, especially for small businesses, non-profits and community organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Web site assessment services, especially for small businesses, non-profits, community organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Web site development subsidies for small businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated discussions about community web site linking strategies, especially Web 2.0 applications </li></ul>
  20. 29. Best Practices – Tech Support <ul><li>Add capacity to existing tech support companies through training </li></ul><ul><li>Bundle demand for tech support via joint purchasing and by vetting quality </li></ul><ul><li>Attract tech support companies to your community through attraction and entrepreneurial support </li></ul>
  21. 30. Create and Support Tech Champions <ul><li>Identify those with tech vision in schools, government, health care and business </li></ul><ul><li>Bring tech visionaries together to discuss plans and collaboration opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Use community communication vehicles like web sites, newspapers, newsletters and cafes to promote technology </li></ul><ul><li>Support technology investments </li></ul>
  22. 31. Discussion <ul><li>What are the barriers to technology adoption in your community? </li></ul>
  23. 32. Bill Coleman

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