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Broadband Workshop Grand Rapids


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Leading a discussion on broadband policy in Minnesota in preparation for public comments for the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force in Grand Rapids Minnesota on June 19, 2009. Sponsored by the Blandin Foundation

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Broadband Workshop Grand Rapids

  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><ul><li>Why do we want broadband? </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. 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>
  8. 10. 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>
  9. 11. 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>
  10. 12. Orange – fiber Pink – Cable modem Purple – DSL Grey – Unserved Blue – Mobile wireless
  11. 13. Where do we want to go? (Interactive Session) <ul><li>What goal for bandwidth? </li></ul><ul><li>Should the goal have tiers, depending on location and usage? </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>
  12. 14. 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?
  13. 15. Why do we want broadband? Application examples <ul><li>Regional and Local Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SISU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Infinity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cook County </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tool Kit </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Input for the Task Force What is this region’s message? Who will speak?