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Handouts and presentations are available online at Why Broadband Matters Curtis Dean, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
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?
“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?
How FAST is BROADBAND? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps
How FAST is BROADBAND? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps
How fast SHOULD broadband be? 3 Mbps 4 Mbps 5 Mbps 10 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps 50 Mbps 105 Mbps 1,000 Mbps
Fast Reliable Affordable Ubiquitous Platform-agnostic (although fiber is the ‘gold standard’) What is GOOD Broadband?
Slow Unreliable: frequent outages Expensive Limited usage (data caps) Limited availability (haves and have nots) What is BAD Broadband?
Why Broadband Matters: Education
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
Why Broadband Matters: Jobs
Why Broadband Matters: Health Care
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
Why Broadband Matters: Quality of Life
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?
Broadband Matters! Now what?
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
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
Questions? Curtis Dean Broadband Services Coordinator Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities