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Blandin Broadband Stimulus Pre-Planning


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A presentation given to broadband leaders in Minnesota who might have an interest in coordinating efforts to bring federal stimulus funding to the state.

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Blandin Broadband Stimulus Pre-Planning

  1. 1. Broadband Initiative Stimulus Partnership Meeting April 21, 2009
  2. 2. Blandin Broadband Initiative To ensure a high quality of life and a globally competitive future for its citizens, businesses and communities, Minnesota is committed to making the necessary investment to become a world leader in the universal deployment and use of ultra high-speed next generation broadband
  3. 3. Goals <ul><li>Increase understanding, capability and urgency of Minnesota’s leadership about the need to enhance Minnesota’s always-on, universal telecommunications network. </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate timely and effective public and private investment in rural networks and application. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize the value of Internet connectedness for rural residents, businesses and communities. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pre-Meeting Survey Results Who’s Interested?
  5. 5. Pre-Meeting Survey Results Our Organization is:
  6. 6. Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds <ul><li>Three Key Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Commerce – NTIA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$4.7 Billion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$350 for mapping and community development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Agriculture – RUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$2.5 Billion </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. NTIA – Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) <ul><li>$3.75 B for competitive grants for community oriented networking needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unserved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underserved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High value targets – schools, libraries, health care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$200 M for public computer center capacity </li></ul><ul><li>$250 M for “sustainable adoption of broadband service </li></ul><ul><li>$350 M for broadband mapping and other activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. USDA Rural Utility Service <ul><li>$2.5 B for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RUS Community Connect Grant Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Development Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rural Focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75% of area served shall be in a rural area w/o sufficient access to facilitate rural economic development </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Other Opportunities <ul><li>Transportation infrastructure funds </li></ul><ul><li>Public housing infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficient housing retrofits </li></ul><ul><li>School construction </li></ul><ul><li>Smart grid </li></ul><ul><li>Health information </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blandin Foundation Current Stimulus Thinking <ul><li>Goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring more federal BB resources to rural communities! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Premise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on our successful experience w/ proven programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Broadband Resources/Get Broadband </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LightSpeed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Network Feasibility Studies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement through partnerships to be determined </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Blandin Commitment <ul><li>Blandin Foundation brings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant management experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prospective partner roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff capacity for regional/local implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project development </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Discussion
  13. 13. Next Steps