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1 George Boersma Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships September 18, 2009 Broadband in Michigan Make the Connection!

2 Michigan’s Moment Connect Michigan! Our vision is to provide broadband coverage to every corner of the state The Recovery Act funds for broadband can make that happen

3 Governor Granhom’s call for “shovel ready” broadband projects draws a response that surpasses $2 Billion. January 2009 A Key Moment for Michigan

4 An Organized Approach is Launched Michigan’s Broadband Consortium In late January 2009, the State of Michigan formed a broadband consortium composed of strategic partners Information Technology Education Transportation History Arts & Libraries Community Health Energy Labor & Economic Growth Michigan Public Health Institute Executive on Loan (Cisco) Michigan State University Convergent Technology Partners Many broadband providers Local governments

5 Michigan’s Vision for Broadband Goal One Expand and upgrade broadband service to unserved/underserved populations across the state.

6 Goal Two Transform Michigan’s economic competitiveness by making affordable broadband accessible to any business throughout the state. Michigan’s Vision

7 7 Goal Three Ensure a better, more efficient government for the 21st century Michigan’s Vision

8 8 Goal Four Strengthen Michigan’s ability to provide public safety and homeland security Michigan’s Vision This is Michigan’s moment…

9 9 $7.2 billion The Recovery Act will make $7.2 billion available nationally for competitive grants and loans to improve broadband services to unserved and underserved areas.

10 Three Opportunities Funding is expected to be dispersed over three application rounds. Round One closed in August and results are pending. Rounds Two & Three have yet to be announced but are expected to occur in Anyone can apply.

11 Two Federal Agencies Two Coordinated Programs Department of Agriculture Agency: Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Department of Commerce Agency: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) …these agencies have defined the framework for the two broadband funding programs

12 Last Mile Infrastructure projects with the predominant purpose of providing broadband service to end users like homes and businesses Middle Mile Other broadband infrastructure projects that do NOT predominantly serve end users directly Unserved An area, composed of one or more census blocks, where at least 90% of the households lack access to facilities-based terrestrial broadband service Underserved A proposed funded service area, composed of one or more contiguous census blocks meeting certain criteria that measure the availability of broadband service and the level of advertised broadband speeds. Anchor Institutions Community anchor institutions (e.g., schools, libraries, medical facilities), organizations, agencies serving vulnerable populations (e.g., low-income, unemployed, aged), and public safety agencies. Key Definitions

13 Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program 75% of funded area is unserved/underserved rural locations These awards can be a combination of grants and loans In Round One, applicants were required to apply for this first Funding Programs What’s the difference?

14 National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program Three categories of eligible projects –Broadband infrastructure – last mile and middle mile –Public computing center –Sustainable broadband adoption All competitive grant monies

15 15 Award Funding Per Round Round One Closed August 24th: –Rural Utilities Service (RUS) $2.4 billion* –National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) $1.6 billion Rounds Two & Three: –Approximately 2/3 of funding left *Amount appears inflated due to the use of loans and loan/grant combinations

16 Update: Michigan Milestones January Governor’s “Call for Projects” Planning Consortium Established February Broadband Framework Developed March to JuneNon-stop Outreach Campaign (providers and stakeholders) July Statewide Provider Meeting July to August Provider to Provider and Provider to Stakeholder Pairing August 80 Applications Submitted in Round One (totaling over $575 Million) September to December State Launches a “Call to Action” for Round 2 December Anticipated Announcement of Round 1 Awards

17 17 Update: Round One Infrastructure Applications National Scene Rural Utilities Service 400+ applications Nearly $5 billion in grants and loans requested National Telecommunications and Information Admin applications $5.4+ billion in grants requested RUS and NTIA 830+ applications Nearly $12.8 billion requested State Scene Rural Utilities Service 45 applications Over $189 million in grants and loans requested National Telecommunications and Information Admin. 1 Application Over $19 million requested RUS and NTIA 19 applications Nearly $330 million requested

18 18 National Scene Sustainable Broadband Adoption National Telecommunications and Information Admin. only 320+ applications Nearly $2.5 billion in grants requested Public Computing Centers National Telecommunications and Information Admin. only 360+ applications Over $1.9 billion requested State Scene Sustainable Broadband Adoption National Telecommunications and Information Admin. only 9 applications Over $38 million in grants requested Public Computing Centers National Telecommunications and Information Admin. only 6 applications Nearly $9 million requested Update: More Round One Applications

19 19 Total Summary of Round One Applications Nationally… Over $28 billion in funding requests 2,200+ applications Michigan… Over $575 million in funding requests 80 applications *NOTE: Not all applications will be approved First Round Funds Actually Available: $4 Billion To view Round 1 applications, visit

20 Proposed Projects ARRA Middle and Last Mile Round 1 Projects

21 21 Key Issue: Permit Coordination The State of Michigan is…  Working with State agencies and other Statewide entities  DNR, DEQ, MDOT  MRRA, Utilities  Identifying local associations to work with on local permitting concerns  CRAM, Equalization directors, economic development, etc. Next steps for local governments…

22 Local Governments Your Call to Action for Round One! Review Round One Applications Key Issue: Know if your community is covered by any of the proposals.  If yes, partner with that provider now  Bring stakeholders to the table  Look at current, future needs  Build plan for extending coverage (Round 2)  Work collaboratively on permitting issues  If no application covers your area, reach out to providers from neighboring communities  Put the wheels in motion for Round 2 View Round 1 applications at

23 Local Governments Your Call to Action for Round Two! The Time to Mobilize for Round Two is Now Key Issue: Round Two may be your last opportunity.  Review Round One proposals  Seek out providers willing to service your area  Mobilize stakeholders in your community  Identify coverage needs  Identify available assets for providers (water towers, antennas, etc.)  Streamline local, state and utility licenses and permits  Solicit endorsements early  Build a “shovel ready” plan with your provider Note: Round Two requirements may change to include more urban coverage. Be ready!

24 Michigan… This is your moment!

25 25 Available Resources Online Resources: –Michigan.gov/broadband –Broadbandusa.gov RUS Contact: –Ron Mellon, USDA RD Telecom –Phone: (989) 567 – 2400 – NTIA Contact: –Office of Telecommunications and Information Administration, NTIA –Phone: (202) –


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