Virginia Municipal League. Tuesday, October 2, . 2018 . Necessity of Universal Broadband. Access to high-quality broadband, at school, at work, AND at home is critical to full participation in American life.
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Broadband Advisor Update
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Broadband Advisor Update
Virginia Municipal League
Tuesday, October 2,
Necessity of Universal Broadband
Access to high-quality broadband, at school, at work, AND at home is critical to full participation in American life
The divide in availability between urban and rural districts is a huge economic stumbling block for our rural localities
The divide is also a moral failing – children’s opportunities shouldn’t be dependent on where they’re bornSchool quality in rural Virginia is still high – yet outcomes are worseThe anecdotes are real, and reflected in data
Governor built on the leadership from the General Assembly
Office of Broadband Advisor will be robust“Functionally Universal” broadband availabilityDelivering a plan this yearIterativeMulti-levelStrong Stakeholder buy-inBuilds on the work that has gone before
Broadband General Principals
Private sector and nonprofits are critical partners
This is achievableVirginia has a rural population of approximately 1,041,000.~64% of Virginia’s rural population lacks access to broadbandThus ~666,240 Virginians need broadband access
There have been gains made, but this count also missed folks
Tobacco Commission Efforts To-Date
Longstanding investment: Over $130 million to-date
Recent Last-mile program:
VA Telecommunications Initiative (VATI)
VATI funds public/private partnerships in localities
Funded at $1 million/year in 2017 and 2018 & Oversubscribed
1666 residents, 32 businesses, and 2 community anchors connected
Future of VATI
Primary vehicle for state broadband incentives
Successful public/stakeholder engagement
Basic principals moving forwardPublic/private partnershipBest leverage on core metricsFocus on unserved population Needs your continued and increased support
Complementary Efforts within State Government
Broadband Advisory Council
partners & important means of coordination and idea generationCITStrong local planning support but limited scope – needs to increaseTobacco CommissionContinued funding and grant-making expertiseVDOT
P3 office is a critical partner & significant physical assets and enabling ability
Planning and intergovernmental coordination a natural
VATI program & CDBG block grants
Other Secretariats on ad-hoc basis
Federal Programs are numerous
NTIAEDAFCCARCEtc.Many have multiple programs that touch multiple sorts of projectsEconomic DevelopmentPublic SafetyEtc.
Alignment is key
we will act as clearinghouse
Aiming to have first version by December
Basic backgroundScoping Timelines for deploymentLocal planning supportIssue area discussionState/Federal program discussionInterstate comparisonsPolicy Recommendations
Work of the Broadband Office So Far
Scoping, planning, research, and internal organization
Virginia Municipal League Tuesday October 2 2018 Necessity of Universal Broadband Access to highquality broadband at school at work AND at home is critical to full participation in American life ID: 815996 Download
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