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1 Handouts and presentations are available online at Why Broadband Matters Curtis Dean, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

2  It matters for EDUCATION  It matters for JOBS  It matters for HEALTH CARE  It matters for QUALITY OF LIFE  It matters for THE FUTURE of every community Why DOES Broadband Matter?

3 “Broadband refers to high-speed data transmission in which a single cable can carry a large amount of data at once.” “Broadband or high-speed Internet access allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through “dial-up” Internet access services.” –FCC What is BROADBAND?

4 How FAST is BROADBAND? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps

5 How FAST is BROADBAND? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps

6 How fast SHOULD broadband be? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps 1,000 Mbps

7  Fast  Reliable  Affordable  Ubiquitous  Platform-agnostic (although fiber is the ‘gold standard’) What is GOOD Broadband?

8  Slow  Unreliable: frequent outages  Expensive  Limited usage (data caps)  Limited availability (haves and have nots) What is BAD Broadband?

9 Why Broadband Matters: Education

10  In the school: The way we educate our kids has been transformed by technology. That technology requires broadband  In the home: learning doesn’t stop when the child arrives home. If they don’t have reliable broadband, they can’t do homework. Education

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12 Why Broadband Matters: Jobs

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17 Why Broadband Matters: Health Care

18  Particularly crucial for rural health care providers  Scarcity of primary care physicians and specialists  Telemedicine: consultations, examinations and the real-time monitoring of patients Health Care

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20 Why Broadband Matters: Quality of Life

21 Quality of Life  Will this family want to live in a community where their kids can’t complete homework because of slow or unreliable broadband?  Will this family want to live in a community where they can’t work from home because of bad broadband?  Will this family want to live in a community where slow and/or unreliable broadband limits their entertainment choices?

22 Broadband Matters! Now what?

23  Determine what you HAVE, what you NEED, and if there’s a gap, explore HOW to close it  Meet with local broadband providers  Discuss what they offer now  Discuss their plans for future improvements  Connect Iowa Community Engagement Program  Amy Kuhlers, Connect Iowa Program Manager  Broadband Inventory

24 One Option: Municipal Broadband  70+ communities have authorized municipal broadband by referendum (50%)  20+ communities have built broadband networks to offer service to homes and businesses  10+ communities are in various stages of exploring municipal broadband networks

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26 Questions? Curtis Dean Broadband Services Coordinator Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities


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