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1 Office of Rural Affairs High Speed Communications Cris Fulford Office of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Skillman One North Capitol, Suite 600 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

2 Office of Rural Affairs An office designed to assist rural Indiana to fully participate as viable communities in the global economic market. The Office of Rural Affairs currently offers assistance through: Leadership Development High Speed Communications Community Block Grant Development and Grants Management Indiana Rural Development Council Indiana Main Street Program Indiana Rural Health Strategic Development “Serving Indiana’s rural communities through technical, financial and personal assistance”

3 75 percent of Indiana’s communities are rural and many have yet to access broadband services. Access to high speed communications can help rural communities be more economically competitive and improve their quality of life

4 High Speed Communications Vision Indiana will be a leader in high speed communications by 2007 facilitating access to the global market for business and residential use in rural and underserved communities. 2005

5 High Speed Communications Mission To enhance economic development and quality of life in Indiana for business and residential use by facilitating affordable high speed communications in rural and underserved communities through public policy, education and community outreach. 2005

6 Introduction to Broadband What is broadband communications and why is it important to your community? Broadband is the high speed exchange of information over the internet. Lack of access puts rural communities at a tremendous disadvantage:

7 Disadvantages In keeping and attracting employers In educating their children In providing efficient healthcare and public services.

8 High Speed Communications Office of Rural Affairs High Speed Communications Outcome Rural communities will become more productive, efficient and competitive through the use of broadband technologies.

9 High Speed Communications “By establishing Indiana as a “connected” state, Indiana truly becomes the economic Crossroads of America.”

10 The introduction of the internet, mobile phones and other communications devices into today’s infrastructure, brings the world into a new age of being connected. No longer are we disconnected from friends and relatives stationed or living overseas.

11 The Roadmap for High Speed Communications Facilitate and coordinate public and private high speed providers to form a statewide high speed digital infrastructure accessible and usable by rural and underserved communities.

12 The Roadmap for High Speed Communications Facilitate the use of high speed communications to increase rural and underserved community business and residential utilization through community outreach, education and technical assistance.

13 Your Community Market Analysis: Demographic differences Income Educational level Quality of life Ethnic groups Economies In rural areas, where population is sparse, bringing together and creating a network of communities might attract providers of high speed communication services.

14 Community Planning How can rural communities bring high speed broadband to their residents? Having a business plan for broadband, allows a community to market their need for high speed service

15 The Business Plan Understanding your community and the potential beneficiaries of broadband are key considerations in this process. Knowing your community means knowing the people, the activities, where these activities take place, the concerns that impact them and the challenges they face.

16 The Business Plan Process 1.Lack of Broadband in a Community 2.Discussion with an Elected Official (Mayor) regarding broadband 3.Establishing a Broadband Technology Committee 4.BTC performs a “community analysis or profile” 5.BTC uses the analysis to establish a scope of work 6.A Qualified Based Selection (QBS) is performed 7.BTC accepts or rejects BB recommendations based on the community analysis 8.(If Accepted) BTC develops plan A.Community Profile Analysis B.Technology System Design C. Cost Analysis of Project D.Accountability for Project E.Market Plan for the Community 9.Final Sign off on Business Plan 10.Present Business Plan to Elected Officials 11.Provider Selected 12.Funding obtained 13.Deployment of High Speed Communications

17 The Roadmap for High Speed Communications Develop and implement public policy necessary to ensure the availability of affordable, reliable high speed communications in rural and underserved communities.

18 The Roadmap for High Speed Communications Develop a public and private financial investment program to enhance deployment of high speed communications for the citizens of Indiana living in rural and underserved communities.

19 The Roadmap for High Speed Communications Create a program responsible for directing the advancement of high speed communications in rural and underserved communities.

20 Economic Benefits - The creation of a robust nationwide network would lead to the creation of an estimated 1.2 million jobs -Recent Internet proliferation and efficiency has cut business and governmental operating expenses by an estimated $155 billion -If Broadband services were universally available, the U.S. economy would see a $500 billion gain

21 Survey Sent to Providers

22 Office of Rural Affairs High Speed Communications Cris Fulford Office of the Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Skillman One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 600 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


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