Broadband in Delaware: the local government role

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Broadband in Delaware: The Local Government Role:

Broadband in Delaware: The Local Government Role October 26, 2009 Troy Mix

The Agenda:

The Agenda Define “broadband” Describe broadband policy issues Introduce potential local government roles

Broadband is Infrastructure:

Broadband is Infrastructure Telecommunications solution that is… Fast and Always On At least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and 200 kbps upstream, per the ARRA guidelines Feature Rich Multi-Platform Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Cable Wireless Fiber Optic Broadband Over Power Line (BPL)

How Fast Is Fast?:

How Fast Is Fast?

How Fast is Broadband?:

How Fast is Broadband?

Speed and Stability Enable Applications:

Speed and Stability Enable Applications Household and Community eHealth Education and Distance Learning Business Storage and Communication Telecommuting Tourism Amenity Government Public Safety Wireless Communication

Broadband Platforms:

Broadband Platforms Cable e.g., Comcast, Mediacom DSL e.g., Verizon High-Speed Internet Fiber-to-the-Home e.g., Verizon Fios Wireless Wi-Fi, Cellular, WiMAX, others In-home networks and site-specific or roaming networks Satellite Hughes Network Systems, WildBlue Communications, and others offer services

Broadband Platforms:

Broadband Platforms Source: Thomas and Olson, American Planning Association, September 16, 2008.

Broadband Policy Issues:

Broadband Policy Issues Supply U.S. ranks middle-of-the-pack on several ratings of broadband deployment, speed, and use Rural locales lag behind urban and suburban settings (approx. 40% use vs. 60% use) Demand Knowledge of broadband applications is often lacking Still a luxury item for many Measurement No comprehensive map of broadband service and infrastructure exists

Broadband Progress:

Broadband Progress

Why Should We Care?:

Why Should We Care? Broadband as Critical Infrastructure Economic Development Supports research, IT-oriented businesses, and daily operations of organizations big and small Quality of Life and Education Distance learning, shopping, etc. Healthcare and Public Safety E-Health Critical information transfer The way we use computers is evolving

Why Should We Care?:

Why Should We Care? Source: Thomas and Olson, American Planning Association, September 16, 2008.

Why Should We Care?:

Why Should We Care? Source: Thomas and Olson, American Planning Association, September 16, 2008.

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$7.2 billion for broadband Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Grants and loans for infrastructure in rural areas Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Grants for infrastructure, public computing centers, and sustainable broadband adoption projects Broadband Data and Development Program Focused on creating a national broadband map Focused on “Unserved” and “Underserved” www.broadbandusa.gov

Why a Local Government Role?:

Why a Local Government Role? Commitments to: Quality of Life Economic Development Education Public Safety Experienced in: Service and Infrastructure Provision Dedicated to: Efficient and Effective Operations

Potential Local Government Roles:

Potential Local Government Roles Provide Service and Infrastructure Share Information on Broadband Infrastructure and Service Availability Consume broadband for enhanced provision of government services As a “Community Anchor Institution,” enable further deployment and adoption of broadband

Examples of Municipal Broadband Applications:

Examples of Municipal Broadband Applications Automated Metering Public Safety

Automated Metering:

Automated Metering Corpus Christi, Texas (pop. 280,000) Automated meter reading for gas and water Used only fraction of bandwidth, building out for other government purposes + =

Automated Metering:

Automated Metering North Ridgeville, Ohio (pop. 28,000) Upgrading residential and nonresidential water meters to be Wi-Fi enabled Frequent meter reading enabled to help find leaks in system and prevent tampering Installing 11,500 meters for $2.8 million

Public Safety:

Public Safety Rock Hill, South Carolina (pop. 65,000) City owns a fiber network and deployed a wireless network Applications in the areas of metering, Wi-Fi access in select areas, and public safety Public Safety Applications Download building plans and hazmat storage information Check databases and file reports in field Backup communications system in case of disaster

A Public Safety Proposal:

A Public Safety Proposal Slidell, Louisiana (pop. 28,000) Hurricane Katrina crippled ability for public safety personnel to retrieve and share data $5.8 million proposal to implement secure wireless broadband network, providing: Mobile access to systems and databases Interoperability among City, Fire, Police

Municipal Applications, Generally:

Municipal Applications, Generally Provide Mobile Access to Rich Data Who might benefit? Public Works Crews Inspectors More Frequently Updated Data Meter reading, wireless cameras Wired Broadband Can Enable: VOIP/Telephony Applications Ability to Backup Systems Enhanced Security/Speed for E-Gov Services

Federal Stimulus Status Report:

Federal Stimulus Status Report First round funding applications submitted mid-August: ~2,200 applications for infrastructure and programming Applications from each state for mapping No infrastructure funds awarded yet California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Vermont received mapping approvals (October 5)

Federal Stimulus Status Report:

Federal Stimulus Status Report Two more rounds of funding planned Notices of Funding Availability in… ~December 2009 ~February 2010 Definitions and Deadlines Tend to be Fluid Key Terms “Unserved” and “Underserved” “Sustainable Broadband Adoption” “Community Anchor Institutions”

Broadband Stimulus in Delaware:

Broadband Stimulus in Delaware Application for Broadband Mapping Submitted and Funding is Anticipated Two Infrastructure Proposals: Delaware Schools and Public Anchor Institution Connect ($6.1 million) Delaware State University IT Modernization ($10.9 million)

Potential First Steps for Municipalities:

Potential First Steps for Municipalities Examine how peer communities are proceeding with broadband Catalogue and share information on existing broadband infrastructure and services in your community Begin building broadband into municipal operations Treat as community infrastructure Plan for it in new community facilities

Options for Proceeding:

Options for Proceeding Don’t Think Small, But Think Specific e.g., Inventory current needs to enhance existing services rather than making an expansive wish list The first “consumers” of broadband applications will not be new to your community Don’t Go It Alone Other Community Anchor Institutions (e.g., hospital, schools, fire dept.) may want to partner Focus on Economic Development You and the business community can benefit

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