Broadband Policy Workshop Mankato


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A presentation given in Mankato on broadband policy to citizens who might be intersted in providing public comment to the Minnesota Ulatr High-Speed Broadband Task Force

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Broadband Policy Workshop Mankato

  1. 1. BROADBAND IN MINNESOTA Critical Issues For Consideration
  2. 2. The MN Ultra High Speed Broadband Task Force is charged with advising the 2010 MN Legislature on state broadband policy. What do you want them to know?
  3. 3. Agenda Topics <ul><li>What is broadband and why do we want it? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we now? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we want to go? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get there? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where are we now? <ul><li>As a nation </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>In this region </li></ul><ul><li>In your community </li></ul>My assumption: The best broadband is high-speed, low-cost, ubiquitous and reliable!
  5. 5. International Comparisons - OECD USA
  6. 8. Global Comparison - Price per MB USA
  7. 9. Pew Center
  8. 10. Minnesota Broadband Statistics <ul><li>Center for Rural Policy – Late 2007 data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>52.3% of rural residents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>57.8% statewide average </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>63% metro residents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dial Up Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>38% statewide say broadband too expensive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30% rural say broadband not available </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Ubiquity Scenarios Metro Area <ul><li>Metro Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Duopoly almost everywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prime business areas (Downtowns, Eagan, Eden Prairie, etc.) served by multiple fiber networks by CLECs </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Ubiquity- Greater Minnesota <ul><li>Duopoly (cable and DSL) in county seats and other towns over 1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>CLEC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% CLEC overbuild in limited number of Qwest communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cherry-picking CLEC in many Qwest areas via fiber and leased copper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Broadband in rural countryside highly variable depending on provider </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Certain coverage in rural coops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General coverage in private rural companies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing coverage by smaller investor owned providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limited coverage by larger investor owned providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Wireless coverage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed wireless dependent on topography and trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile wireless dependent on market </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smallest communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single provide or no provider depending on local telephone company and wireless coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>According to Connected Minnesota, over 90% of MN households have available broadband services of at least 786k. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Pink – Cable modem Purple – DSL Grey – Unserved
  12. 15. Where do we want to go? Discussion <ul><li>What goal for bandwidth? </li></ul><ul><li>What applications are important to you now and into the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Should the goal have tiers, depending on location, user types and applications? </li></ul><ul><li>Should mobile broadband be a part of this discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband – essential utility or market service? </li></ul>
  13. 16. What are the best ways to stimulate broadband development? <ul><li>Free markets and private investment </li></ul><ul><li>Government incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Government mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Public-private partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Public networks with private providers </li></ul><ul><li>Public utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul>Where do cooperatives fit into this list?
  14. 17. Why do we want broadband? Application examples <ul><li>Regional and Local Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tool Kit </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  15. 18. Input for the Task Force What is this region’s message? Who will speak?