Statewide Broadband Task Force Summit July 15, 2014

Statewide Broadband Task Force Summit July 15, 2014

Statewide Broadband Task Force Summit July 15, 2014 Moving Alaska into the 21st century Moving Alaska into the 21st 1 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE TIMELINE October 2008, the Broadband Data Improvement Act becomes law.

provides legal framework for the State Broadband Data and Development [SBDD] Program. February 2009, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act signed. Funds SBDD program via NTIA. August 2009, Alaska receives first grant for mapping/data collection and planning. March/April 2010, National Broadband Plan issued/proposed rule making established. September 2010, the first interactive state map is launched. Supplemental grant awarded. March 2011, the Statewide Broadband Task Force is established. August 2013, draft report is published. 2 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE IN THE BEGINNING.. Alaska still playing catch-up in developing its telecommunications infrastructure.

Made major strides in the past few years: Terra projects, Quintillion / Arctic Fibre, Verizon, AT&T. Geography, cost, economics, lack of engineering plans and competition for public resources / issues to developing broadband. More than 100 communities without high speed broadband. 15 in Southeast, 20 in Southwest, 12 in Yukon-Kukokwim and 60 in the Interior and Northwest Many villages are served only by satellite latency issues as signals bounce off satellites 22,000 miles above earth. This delay, or latency, renders certain types of broadband applications useless. 3 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE

Task Force spent nearly 36 months looking at myriad issues. Recognized Alaska is in lowest ranked states in the U.S. for access, speed and cost. Recognized if build out was economically feasible [cost recovery through paid subscribers] telecommunications firms already would have made the investment. Recognized private sector and other government organizations [Norway] are active in broadband projects. Recognized the need for possible combination of delivery systems. 4 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE Goal: Establish a minimum service of 100 Megabits per second of capacity to every

Alaska household by 2020. Cost: To build out a "backbone" infrastructure to deliver 100 Mbps and to upgrade the existing infrastructure to accommodate, the cost would be approximately $1 billion, not including O&M. Source of Funding: Public resources should not be considered the only funding source. Likely that neither the public nor private sector can fund the cost. 5 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE 15 RECOMMENDATIONS Recommendations include: a) Establishing an office of broadband policy; b) Planning for the critical Arctic development; c) Providing E-rate subsidies for schools including post-secondary;

d) Ensuring public safety/emergency services receive the highest priorities; and, e) Looking to a variety of funding options. Draft Task Force Report 6 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE FUNDING OPTIONS Recommendations include: a) Grant funds from legislature; b) Capitalize AIDEA Fund for broadband projects; c) Dig Once policy for major state-funded projects; d) Public Safety study underway; and, e) Recognize FCC will revamp e-Rate program.

7 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE HOW DID WE DO? New AIDEA fund for Arctic infrastructure including broadband. E-rate state subsidy for schools that receive less than 10 Mbps in Education bill. Department of Administration coordinating with DCCED, DEED,

providers, schools, AMHTA on broadband issues. Required to provide recommendations including legislation and 5-year plan to legislature by 1.15.15. 8 A REPORT FROM THE STATEWIDE BROADBAND TASK FORCE NEXT STEPS Todays Broadband Summit in Anchorage Community Small Business & Entrepreneurial Planning: New

collaborative website will be web-based tool for entrepreneurs in rural Alaska to connect with needed tools to start or grow their business. Post Terra Round of ISER Research in Southwest Alaska Statewide Broadband Audit of school districts to determine broadband speeds and schools ability to receive faster broadband speeds. 9

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