Planning for Broadband 2013: MIRC

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Presentation to APA National Planning Conference on Planners' role in the Blandin Foundation's Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities project.

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  • Kate McMahon from Montana organized the panel, following up on a Planning and Broadband book she helped write for APA. Some days I wonder why we try, and others it feels like we've made real progress.
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  • Good show! Broadband is the great equalizer. It provides a platform that will change everything. Good evangelizing for moving the digital age to rural areas where the leverage...i.e., positive change...will be the greatest. Phil
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Planning for Broadband 2013: MIRC

  1. 1. Minnesota IntelligentRural CommunitiesPlanning for Broadband S553John C Shepard, AICPAPA’s 2013 National Planning Conference15 April 2013
  2. 2. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural CommunitiesKey Learning Objectives•Broadband = Infrastructure•Blandin Foundation project involved Minnesota Planners inexpanding broadband access and use.•Evaluation provides useful lessons for all Planners
  3. 3. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities• Broadband is essential infrastructure forthe 21st century• Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotansdont have access.
  4. 4. http://connectmn.orgused with permissionBroadband Adoption Rate•Rural America is only 55%(NTIA 2011)•Rural Minnesota is ~64%.Access vs Adoption•61,000 UNSERVEDhouseholds (none avail)150,000 people•185,000 UNDERservedhouseholds (3Mbps/768k)450,000 people
  5. 5. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities• $6.3 million ARRA-funded Blandin Foundation project,drawing on the Intelligent Community Framework tomobilize partners across Greater Minnesota.• Focus: Education & training, technical assistance,removing barriers to broadband adoptionhttp://www.blandinfoundation.orgused with permission
  6. 6. MIRC — The Intelligent Community Frameworkhttp://www.intelligentcommunity.orgused with permissionBroadbandKnowledgeWorkforceInnovationDigitalInclusionAdvocacyIntelligentCommunityDevelopmentCycle
  7. 7. MIRC — State-wide PartnersBusiness TrainingResident TrainingEvaluationOutreach andSupport11 Demonstration Communities
  8. 8. MIRC — Demonstration Communities• Benton County• Cook County• Grand Rapids Area• Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe• Stevens County• Thief River Falls• Upper MN Valley RDC• Willmar• Windom• Winona• Worthingtonhttp://communitytechnologyadvisors.com/used with permission
  9. 9. MIRC — Demonstration Project ExamplesUpper MN Valley RDC•Computer Commuter mobile lab•Public access to GIS•Public TV Broadband promo•Simplified PC interface for elderlyhealth careWindom•Videoconferencing equipment•Emergency services remote access•iPads/wifi at schools•Community web portal
  10. 10. MIRC — Resultshttp://www.edacenter.org/mirc-dashboard.php used with permission
  11. 11. MIRC — Lessons LearnedBroadband is Infrastructure• Electric/Gas, Water/Sewer, Telephone/CATVAccess is Everything• Not All “Broadband” Service is Equal• Rural Electric Cooperatives modelAdoption is Not Automatic• Create a Culture of Use (Community Development)• Communication, Communication, Communication
  12. 12. MIRC: Minnesota Intelligent Rural CommunitiesBlandin Foundation Community Broadband Programhttp://broadband.blandinfoundation.orgBlandin on Broadband Blog: http://blandinonbroadband.orgIntelligent Community Forum:http://www.intelligentcommunity.orgConnected Nation Broadband Mapping:http://www.connectednation.org/data-center-mappingLinkAmerica Broadband Mapping:http://www.linkamericaalliance.comJohn C. Shepard, AICP; Senior PlannerLaramie County (WY) Planning & Developmentjshepard @ laramiecounty.com / 307.633.4523

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