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THE 50 STATES OF BROADBAND A State-by-State Study on the State of Broadband Investment and Activity in Each American State APRIL 20, 2016 Attachment E
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THE50STATESOFBROADBAND

AState-by-StateStudyontheStateofBroadbandInvestmentandActivityinEachAmericanState

APRIL20,2016

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TableofContents

1 Introduction................................................................................................................2

1.1 KeyFindingsfromStates......................................................................................3

1.2 FundingSources...................................................................................................4

1.3 StateBroadbandActivities...................................................................................5

2 FiveDimensionstotheStateofBroadband..............................................................7

2.1 Availability............................................................................................................7

2.2 Adoption..............................................................................................................8

2.3 DrivingMeaningfulUse........................................................................................9

2.4 GrowthInvestment............................................................................................10

2.5 Regulation..........................................................................................................11

3 OverallRanking.........................................................................................................12

3.1 OverallScore......................................................................................................13

3.2 OpenEndedFeedback.......................................................................................14

4 LookingAhead..........................................................................................................15

4.1 RequirementsGoingForward............................................................................15

4.2 FutureInvestmentinBroadband.......................................................................16

5 ProjectTeam.............................................................................................................17

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1 IntroductionIntheinterestofprovidingcurrentandcomprehensiveresearchregardingbroadbandactivitiescurrentlyundertakenbyAmericanstates,StrategicNetworksGroup(SNG)inpartnershipwiththeRuralTelecommunicationsCongress(RTC)soughttouncoverthecurrentstateofbroadbandactivityandinvestmentinallfiftyAmericanstates.WewouldliketothanktheNationalTelecommunicationsandInformationAdministration(NTIA)fortheirsupportinthisinitiative.DatacollectiontookplaceduringFebruaryandMarchof2016.The10-minuteonlinesurveycreatedforthisstudywascompletedby48States(RhodeIslandandNewJerseychosenottoparticipate).Eachstatewasaskedtoreportonfivekeydimensionsofbroadband:availability,adoption,meaningfuluse,growthinvestment,andregulation.Responseswereusedtorankstatesonthesedimensionsanddevelopacompositeoverallranking.

SNG’scorebusinessismeasuringhowbroadbandisusedbyindividualbusinesses,organizations,andhouseholds.Thisincludesobtainingmicro-leveldatatodevelopstrategiesthatadvancetheeconomicopportunitiesatacommunity,regional,orstatelevel.RTCisanationalnonprofitorganizationcomprisedofgovernment,university,industry,andprivatecitizenswhoarecommittedtoaddressingcrucialbroadbandissuestoensurethatcitizensofruralAmericahaveaccesstotheenablinginformationandtechnologyresourcestheyneedforgreatersocialandeconomicdevelopmentopportunities.Keycontributorstothisinitiativewere:

• DougAdams,StrategicNetworksGroup• MichaelCurri,StrategicNetworksGroup• LoriSherwood,VantagePointSolutions• GaryDunmore,StrategicNetworksGroup• MonicaBabine,WashingtonStateUniversity• MariaAlvarez-Stroud,UniversityofWisconsin-Extension

Aspecialthanksto:

• LynnChadwick,NationalTelecommunicationsandInformationAdministration• BrianGibbons,NationalTelecommunicationsandInformationAdministration• Eachofthestaterepresentativesthattookthetimetoparticipateinthis

researchinitiativeFormorein[email protected]/states.

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1.1 KeyFindingsfromStates

Halfofallstatesand25of48statessurveyedreportedtheyhaveabroadbandoffice.Onlyfivestatesrankedintheoveralltop25,didnothaveabroadbandoffice.Statebroadbandofficesaverage3.8employees,withamedianof3employees.Only28%surveyedsaidtheirstatedefinitelyhasannualfunding(budget)tosupportbroadbandinitiatives.30%wereunsure,while42%saidthatfundingdefinitelydidnotexist.ThirteenstatesreportedtheirbudgetandwiththeexceptionofCalifornia($330M)andNewYork($500M)thesebudgetsaremodest.Theaveragefundingforthe11statesthatarenotNYorCAis$596,000ayear.Whenfunded,activitiesmostoftenfundedare“planningandsupport”by82%whileinfrastructureisbeingfundedby45%.

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1.2 FundingSources

Forstateswithabroadbandbudget,SNGaskedstatestorevealthethreemainsourcesoftheirfunding.

PrimarySources SecondarySources TertiarySources

BroadbandOutreach&AggregationFund Advertising/promotionfee DedicatedandFederalfunds

DISBudget EducationalTechnologyFund(E-Fund)

GovernmentOperations(supportstaff)

eRate DepartmentEnterpriseFunds Grants-2states

Multi-yearcapitalbudgetallocationfromthestate

DepartmentofServicesAgency

StateIndustrialDevelopmentandExportAuthorityLoanProgram

Publicpurposeprogram(CASF) eRatesubsidyfunds

SpecialFunds Federalgrants-FirstNet

StateAdmin Grants

StateBudget–5states LiquorSalesRevenue

StateGeneralFund–8states Programrevenue

Surchargeoninstateretailtelcoservices–2states

Public/PrivatePartnershipwithlocalTelco's

UniversalServiceFund–3states Statebudgetcategory

Utilitygrossreceipts StateGeneralFunds

Statestafftime

Universalservicefund

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1.3 StateBroadbandActivities

SNGexpandeditsquestionstoaskifastatebroadbandofficeoranotherentitywithinwashandlingspecificbroadbandactivitiesandwhatwasthefocalpointofthoseactivities.Activitiesseemtobeheavilyweightedtowardsthe“supplyside”ofbroadbandandincludemapping,infrastructureplanning,andgrants.Theseactivitiesfarsurpassed“demandside”undertakingsaroundraisingawareness,training,anddrivingutilizationwithend-users.

Mappingdataisbeingobtainedatthesamelevel(28states,58%)throughserviceprovidersandtheFCC.Manystatesrelyonbothformappingdata.

72%

60%

64%

64%

44%

48%

32%

28%

24%

28%

16%

4%

43%

35%

26%

17%

35%

26%

26%

26%

30%

17%

9%

13%

17%

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%

Mappingofwirelineinfrastructure(supply)

Mappingofwirelessinfrastructure(supply)

Adopmon/usedatacollecmon(demand)

Localtechnologyplanningteamsupport(supply)

Grantsorloansforinfrastructuredeployment(supply)

Broadbandtechnologyevents,adopmon/useacmvimes(demand)

Grantsorloansforlocalplanningteamsorotheracmvimes(supply)

Digitalliteracy/technologytraining(demand)

Technologytrainingforbusinesses(demand)

Broadbandspeedtests(supply)

Other

Notsure

None

StatesUndertakingDirectAcKviKesWithBBOfficevs.WithoutBBOffice

%Doingw/BBOffice %Doingw/oBBOffice

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Stateswereaskedspecificallywhendatawascollectedinkeyareasofbroadband.Availabilityhasbeenmappedbyeverystatesurveyedsince2014(26in2014,22in2015)whileactualutilizationwasonlymeasuredbyalittlemorethanhalfofstatessurveyed.

TypeofBroadbandDataCollectionbefore2013 2013 2014 2015

Availabilityofbroadbandtopotentialusers(supply) 0 3 26 22

Adoptionofbroadbandwhereavailable(demand) 2 5 19 13

Utilizationofbroadband–howandhowmuchbroadbandisusedbyadopters

4 2 18 8

Mappingofbroadbandavailabilitybytype,speeds,etc. 0 3 27 20

Withinstatesthereissometrainingandeducationtoaddressthe“demandside”ofbroadbandtohelpdrivemeaningfuluseofinternetapplications.Mosttraining,whenitdoesoccur,istargetedathelpingbusinessesbetterutilizetheInternetandrevenue-generatingonlineapplications.

Finally,withallofthebroadbandinvestmentthathastakenplacesofarthisdecade,onewouldexpectthatthebenefitsandeconomicimpactsoftheseinvestmentswouldbemeasured.Thisisnotthecaseasonly8statesreportedmeasuringeconomicandsocialbenefits.

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2 FiveDimensionstotheStateofBroadband

2.1 Availability

ThefirstdimensionusedtomeasurethestatescomesfromtheFederalCommunicationsCommission(FCC)publishedavailabilitynumbersof25Mbpsdownload/3Mbpsuploadavailability,reportedbycarriersineachstate.Theargumentcouldbemadethatcarrier-reporteddata(thesourceoftheFCCreport)hasinaccuracies.Wearemakingtheassumptionthatthispotentialshortcomingincarrier-reportedavailabilityis,inessence,notmarkedlydifferentfromstatetostate.Additionally,SNG’ssurveyamongstaterespondentsaskedaboutthestate’sownmappingandavailabilitymetrics–givingaslightbonusinthescoreifstatesweretakinginitiativethemselves.Availabilityofbroadbandcountedas27.5%oftheoverallstateranking,whichcomesaftereachoneofthefivedimensionsarereported.1. NewMexico2. Maine3. Hawaii4. NorthDakota5. Oregon6. California7. Delaware8. Utah9. Washington10. Idaho11. Nevada12. Connecticut13. WestVirginia14. Minnesota15. Pennsylvania16. Michigan17. Colorado18. NewYork

19. Oklahoma20. Maryland21. Florida22. Vermont23. Ohio24. Nebraska25. Alabama26. SouthCarolina27. Tennessee28. Massachusetts29. Illinois30. Georgia31. NewHampshire32. NorthCarolina33. SouthDakota34. Kansas35. Indiana36. Alaska

37. Wyoming38. Mississippi39. Louisiana40. Arkansas41. Kentucky42. Missouri43. Iowa44. Texas45. Wisconsin46. Arizona47. Virginia48. Montana

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2.2 Adoption

TomeasureadoptionweusedtheFCC’snumbersforadoption,whichtheydefineasthepercentofhouseholdsforwhichserviceisavailableandthatsubscribetobroadband.Wealsocollectedstate-specificdatawithinSNG’ssurveytomeasurewhethereachstatewassupportingInternetadoption,providingadditionalbonuspointsifastateisundertakingeffortstomeasureandfosteradoption.Adoptioncountedas12.5%oftheoverallranking.

1. NewHampshire2. Hawaii3. Oregon4. Vermont5. Connecticut6. Wyoming7. California8. Utah9. Maine10. Wisconsin11. Pennsylvania12. Iowa13. Delaware14. Ohio15. Massachusetts16. Michigan

17. NorthCarolina18. Colorado19. Virginia20. WestVirginia21. SouthCarolina22. NorthDakota23. Minnesota24. Nebraska25. Idaho26. Montana27. Kentucky28. Washington29. NewYork30. Nevada31. Illinois32. Alaska

33. Mississippi34. Kansas35. Florida36. NewMexico37. SouthDakota38. Maryland39. Texas40. Tennessee41. Oklahoma42. Louisiana43. Georgia44. Arizona45. Missouri46. Indiana47. Arkansas48. Alabama

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2.3 DrivingMeaningfulUse

Oftenpeopleunderstandthatbroadbandis“good”buttheydon’tknowhowtoputitintopracticefortheirspecificneeds.Drivingmeaningfulusebyindividualbusinesses,organizationsandhouseholdsthroughraisingawarenessandtrainingisacriticalcomponenttoactuallyrealizingthebenefitsofbroadband’spotentialtoenableeconomicdevelopmentandimprovequalityoflife.Withinourstatesurvey,SNGaskedstaterepresentativesquestionsregardingtraining/educationprogramsthatmayexist,whetherthereistrainingforbusinesses,smallandruralbusinesses,seniors,andhouseholds.Additionally,weaskedwhetherstatestrack,measure,orestimatethesocialandeconomicbenefitsofbroadband.States’answersresultedinascorefor“drivingmeaningfuluse,”countingas15%oftheoverallranking.1.Ohio2.Vermont2.WestVirginia4.Iowa5.Montana6.Nebraska7.Michigan7.Mississippi9.Illinois9.Pennsylvania9.Washington12.Colorado13.Minnesota13.NewMexico15.NewHampshire15.Wisconsin

17.Kentucky18.NewYork19.Maine19.Oklahoma19.Oregon19.Virginia23.Missouri23.NorthCarolina25.Kansas25.Wyoming27.Delaware28.Massachusetts29.Louisiana30.Connecticut30.Hawaii32.Georgia

33.Arkansas34.California34.Florida34.Nevada34.NorthDakota34.SouthCarolina39.Alabama39.Alaska41.Idaho41.SouthDakota41.Texas41.Utah45.Arizona45.Indiana45.Maryland45.Tennessee

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2.4 GrowthInvestment

Thestatesurveyaskedquiteafewquestionsregardingeachstate’songoinginvestmentinbroadband.Acriticalcomponentwithinthisdimensionwaswhetherornotastatehasinplaceastatewidebroadbandofficededicatedtoincreasingbroadbandaccessanduse.Additionalmetricswithinthiscategoryincludedwhethertherearefundsdedicatedtosupportbroadbandinitiatives,theamount,andtheinvestmentdedicatedpercapita.Additionally,thesurveytrackedwhetherthereareruralbroadbandprogramsinplaceandwhetherinvestmentonbroadbandinitiativesisexpectedtoincrease,staythesame,ordecrease.Onepopularmechanismtodriveinvestmenttowardsbroadbandinfrastructureisthroughpublic/privatepartnerships–whicharepermittedbytwo-thirdsofstatessurveyed.States’answersresultedinascorefor“growthinvestment,”countingas30%oftheoverallranking.1.NewYork2.Nevada2.NorthCarolina4.NewMexico4.Virginia6.Kentucky7.Maine7.Wisconsin9.Minnesota10.Connecticut11.Wyoming12.Utah13.Massachusetts14.Vermont15.Ohio16.NewHampshire

16.Arkansas18.Delaware18.Colorado20.Alabama21.Iowa22.Mississippi23.Pennsylvania23.Arizona25.California26.Nebraska27.Tennessee28.Kansas29.Oregon29.Illinois29.Idaho32.Montana

33.Hawaii33.Oklahoma33.SouthCarolina36.Washington36.NorthDakota36.Louisiana39.Alaska40.Maryland40.SouthDakota40.Michigan40.Texas44.WestVirginia44.Georgia44.Missouri44.Florida44.Indiana

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2.5 Regulation

SNGlookedattheregulatoryenvironmentineachstateasafactorintheoverallranking.Byitself,thepresenceoflawsthatplacerestrictionsorconditionsonthemunicipal(orother)ownershiporoperationofnetworksdoesnotnecessarilyindicatealackofavailability,adoption,drivingmeaningfuluse,orinvestment.However,itisimportanttoconsiderthepotentialimpactsofrestrictionsandregulationsoneachoftheotherfourdimensions.Therearetwotiersofmetricswithinthisdimensionandtheyinclude:

• Whetherastatehasrestrictionslimitingmunicipal(orother)ownershiporoperationsofabroadbandnetwork;and

• Ifregulationsareinplacedothey:o Requireaballotinitiativetoovercomethelimitation;and/oro Doestheregulationeitherexplicitlyorbyeffect–constituteatotalor

partialbanonmunicipal(orother)ownershiporoperationsofabroadbandnetwork?

Theevaluationofregulationsdoesnotconsiderwhetheronestate’slawsaremoreorlessrestrictivethananotherotherthanprovidingdeductionsforthecategorieslistedabove.Scoresfor“regulation”countedas15%oftheoverallranking.NoregulationinplaceAlaskaArizonaConnecticutDelawareGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusettsMississippiNewHampshire

NewJerseyNewMexicoNewYorkNorthDakotaOhioOklahomaOregonRhodeIslandSouthDakotaVermontWestVirginiaWyomingRegulationinPlaceAlabama*Arkansas**CaliforniaColorado*

FloridaLouisiana*Michigan**Minnesota*Missouri**Montana**Nebraska**Nevada**NorthCarolina*PennsylvaniaSouthCarolinaTennesseeTexas**UtahVirginia**WashingtonWisconsin

*RegulationrequiresaReferendum**Regulationeitherexplicitlyorbyeffect–constitutesatotalorpartialbanonmunicipal(orother)ownershiporoperationsofabroadbandnetwork.

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3 OverallRankingSNGconsolidatedandweightedfivedimensionsofbroadbandintooneoverallscoreforeachparticipatingstate.Thedimensionsandweightingare:

• Availability–27.5%• Adoption–12.5%• DrivingMeaningfulUse–15%• GrowthInvestment–30%• Regulation–15%

Asaresearchteam,wehadagreatdealofdiscussioncoveringwhichdimensionsshouldcarrywhatweight.Availabilitywasgivenagreatdealofconsideration,asitisthefoundationforallbroadbandactivity.AstheFCCreportedadoptionanddrivingmeaningfulusewasadimensionformedfromthesurvey,wewantedthesetworelateddimensionstogethertoequalavailability.Growthinvestmentwasoriginallyconsideredataslightlyhigherlevelattheexpenseofregulation.Ultimately,wedecidedthatregulationcananddoesstopbroadbandprogressandthatneedstoberecognized.Additionally,rankinginvestmenttoohighcouldunfairlypunishstatesthatmadesignificantinvestmentsinthepastbutarenotcurrentlyinvesting.

1. NewMexico*2. Maine*3. Ohio*4. NewYork*5. Vermont*6. Connecticut*7. Delaware*8. New

Hampshire*9. Wyoming*10. Kentucky*11. Massachusetts*12. Minnesota*13. Iowa*14. NorthCarolina*15. Mississippi*16. Utah*

17. Oregon 18. Wisconsin*19. Colorado*20. Pennsylvania*21. Nevada*22. Illinois 23. Hawaii 24. WestVirginia25. Oklahoma26. California27. Kansas28. Idaho*29. NorthDakota 30. Alabama*31. Washington32. Nebraska33. Virginia*

34. Maryland35. Alaska36. SouthCarolina37. Georgia38. SouthDakota39. Tennessee40. Michigan41. Arkansas*42. Arizona*43. Florida 44. Indiana45. Louisiana46. Montana47. Missouri48. Texas

*HaveaStateBroadbandOffice

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3.1 OverallScore

Morespecifically,eachdatapointwasassignedascoretodeterminerankingandacumulative(outof100)scorewasassigned.Eachstate’sscoreisbelow:

83.9%83.2%82.3%81.3%80.6%

76.5%74.9%73.7%

72.2%71.7%71.4%70.2%

67.8%66.7%66.1%66.0%65.5%65.4%65.3%

63.2%61.7%61.5%61.4%60.8%

58.8%58.2%57.7%57.6%57.6%57.6%

54.1%54.1%53.6%

51.1%48.0%47.7%47.6%47.4%46.8%46.8%

45.4%45.3%45.2%

41.9%41.4%

38.1%31.4%

29.0%26.4%

0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% 80.0% 90.0%

NewMexicoMaineOhio

NewYorkVermont

ConnecmcutDelaware

NewHampshireWyomingKentucky

MassachusersMinnesota

IowaNorthCarolina

MississippiUtah

OregonWisconsinColorado

PennsylvaniaNevadaIllinoisHawaii

WestVirginiaAVERAGEOklahomaCalifornia

KansasIdaho

NorthDakotaAlabama

WashingtonNebraskaVirginia

MarylandAlaska

SouthCarolinaGeorgia

SouthDakotaTennesseeMichiganArkansasArizonaFloridaIndiana

LouisianaMontanaMissouri

Texas

OverallStateScore

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3.2 OpenEndedFeedbackAsthesurveyconcludedstateswereasked:“Arethereanyadditionalactivities,commentsorsuggestionsyouwouldliketoshare?”Somehighlightsfollow:NewMexico(#1)TheNTIAfundedSBI(StateBroadbandInitiatives)Grantswereincrediblysuccessfulandanefficientuseofpublicfundstoenhancebroadbandprogramsthroughoutthenationandterritories.TotallyassistedNewMexicoinmovingforward.Whenthegrantcycleendedtherewasalargeamountofmomentumlost,nottomentionviableprojectsintheimportantrealmofdigitalliteracy,directrelationshipswithproviders,significantengagementofruralcommunities,andsoon.TonotcontinuefundingtheSBIevenonaverylimitedbasis,say1/4oftheoriginalgrant($250KannuallyforNM),wasalimitedvision.BegreattoreconsiderthatsupportaspartoftheBroadbandUSAfunction.NewYork(#4)AspartofGovernorCuomo’sNewNYBroadbandProgram,NewYorkStateisinvestinganadditional$500millioninfundingforhigh-speedInternetaccesstounservedandunderservedareasacrossthestate.ProgramcriteriafortheNewNYBroadbandprograminclude:

• Accesstobroadbandatspeedsofatleast100Mbps;25Mbpsinthemostremoteareasofthestate,

• Public-privatepartnershipwitha50percentmatchinprivatesectorinvestmenttargetedacrosstheprogram

• Highpriorityforunservedareas,librariesandeducationalopportunitycentersPennsylvania(#20)PennsylvanialeadershiprecognizestheimportanceofbroadbandtoPennsylvania'sfutureeconomyandisactivelyseekingwaysinwhichtoadvancethisveryimportanttopicthroughstrategicpartnershipswithvariousstakeholders.Virginia(#33)Connectivitymeanseverythingtoruralcommunitiesintermsofthembeingabletoattractnewbusinessandinvestors,andtohelpstrengthenandgrowtheircommunities.Newfundingsourcesandprogramswouldbeofgreatassistanceaswetrytoassistthosecommunities.SouthCarolina(#36)We'reworkinghardtogetsomestatefundingforbroadbandinitiativesinSC.SinceFederalSBIfundingconcludedinJanuary2015,it'sbeenverydifficulttoprovidealotofservicesofworkwithcommunitiesdirectly.

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4 LookingAheadSNGwillcontinuetoanalyzethefindingsandwillsharerecommendationsinafullreport.SNGwillconductthissurveyonaregularbasis,nolessthanonceayear,totrackchangesandoutcomes.StatesandsurveyparticipantswillreceivethefullreportandareviewofthekeyfindingsinaspecialwebinarthatwillbescheduledinMay,2016withtheStateswhoparticipatedinthisresearch.Formorein[email protected]/states.

4.1 RequirementsGoingForwardRegardingwhatstatessaidtheywantnow,two-thirdsofsurveyedstatesreportedthatnewprivateinvestmentisthemostcriticalcomponentforbroadbandgrowth.Trainingandpublicinvestmentarealsoseenascriticalcomponents.

14.6%

50.0%

54.2%

56.3%

58.3%

60.4%

87.5%

0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Other

Evaluamonofsocialandeconomicbenefitstosupportinvestment

Regulatoryand/orlegislamvechangestoencouragemorebroadbandinvestment

Moretraining/educamonforbusinesses

Publicinvestmentinbroadbandinfrastructure

Moretraining/educamonforcimzens

Moreprivateinvestmentinbroadbandinfrastructure

Requirementsforincreasedbroadbandaccessanduse

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4.2 FutureInvestmentinBroadbandMovingforwardoverthenext12-18monthsnearlyathird(31%)ofstatessurveyedseemore,notless(6%)investmentinbroadband.Threeinfive(60%)ofstatesareattheveryleastremainingflatwithbroadbandspending.

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DoesyourstateplanondedicaKngmore,less,orthesameamountofresources(staff,funding,etc.)towardbroadband

iniKaKvesinthenext12-18months?

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5 ProjectTeamThefollowingindividualscontributedtothisextensiveeffort.DougAdamsVPCommunications,StrategicNetworksGroupInc.DougAdamsoverseesSNG’sCommunicationseffortsandoverseesnumerousstate-levelandnationwideeffortsforSNG.Withover20yearstechnologymarketingexperience,Dougisuniquelyqualifiedtohelpproductsandservicesmoveacrossthetechnologyadoptionlifecycleand“crossthechasm”tobecomewidelyadopted.LocatedinBoulder,CO,Doug’sbroadbandexperienceincludesOneCommunity,theKnightCenterofDigitalExcellence,andGigabitSquared.HisresearchbackgroundincludesservingonlineresearchpioneerInsightExpress,WalkerResearch,andDirectOpinions.DougreceivedhisM.B.A.inmarketingfromtheUniversityofConnecticutandholdsabachelor’sdegreeincommunicationfromDePauwUniversity.MichaelCurriFounderandPresident,StrategicNetworksGroupInc.MichaelCurrifoundedStrategicNetworkGroup,Inc.(SNG)in1998andasPresidentheleadsagroupofbroadbandeconomistswhodevelopstrategiesformosteffectivelyleveragingbroadbandinvestments.Welooktohelpmakethemostbroad-reachingandtransformationalimpactsthatbroadbandcanbringenablebusinesses,communitiesandregions.SNGhelpsstatesandregionsutilizebroadbandforeconomicdevelopment,socialadvancement,increasedproductivity,andcompetitiveness.SNG’sapproachisbasedonourresearchthatshowsthatforbroadbandtobeeffectiveandtransformational,itiscriticaltomakesurethatitisbeingutilized–drivenbycompellingandpowerfule-solutions.MichaelhasaMaster’sinEconomicsfromtheUniversityofWaterloo,Canada.HeisbasedinOttawa.LoriSherwoodDirectorofBroadbandDevelopment,VantagePointSolutionsLoriSherwoodhasactivelyworkedinbroadbandandtelecommunicationsinthemunicipalspaceformorethan13years.SheisalsoanattorneywhoservedasOfCounselwiththeDenverlawfirmKissinger&Fellman,P.C,whereshespecializedinlocalgovernments,informationtechnology,telecommunications,communitybroadbandnetworks,legislation,lobbyingandfederalaffairs.SheisanationallyrecognizedleaderintelecommunicationsandbroadbandpolicyandrecentlyservedontheboardofdirectorsforNATOA)–anassociationrepresentinglocalgovernmentinterestsintelecommunications.SherwoodhasaBAinanthropologyfromAmericanUniversityandisanhonorsgraduateoftheUniversityofBaltimoreSchoolofLaw.

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GaryDunmoreVP,ClientServices,StrategicNetworksGroupInc.GaryDunmoreisanelectricalengineerandbusinessanalystwithover20yearsexperienceinthetelecommunicationsindustryandaproventrackrecordinhelpingserviceprovidersdefinenewbusinessopportunitiesforservicedeployment.Hehasprovenleadershipskillsinprojectplanning,teammanagementandprojectmanagementdevelopingsuccessfulbusinesscasesforawidevarietyoftelecomandinternetoperatorsacrossNorthAmerica.Since1994,Mr.Dunmorehasworkedontelecommunicationsservicesandservicedeploymentplanningwithtelecomserviceproviders.Foravarietyofclients,fromestablishedincumbentproviderstonewstart-upoperators,hehasdevelopedprojectplans,writtenproposals,mobilizedinternalandexternalresourcesandengagedclientstodeveloppracticalsolutionsfornewservicedeploymentwithafocusonbusinessgoalsandvision.Toassistdecision-making,hehashelpedclientsidentifynewopportunitiesforgrowth,marketandrevenuepotential;developthebestsolutionfortheirnetwork;andconstructsolidbusinesscasesandriskanalysisforinvestmentdecisions.GaryhasexperienceinvoicetelecommunicationsnetworksandemergingIP-basedservicesinNorthAmericaandinternationalmarkets.HehasanElectricalEngineeringdegreefromtheUniversityofBritishColumbia.MonicaBabineSeniorAssociate,WashingtonStateUniversityMonicaBabineisaSeniorAssociateatWashingtonStateUniversity(WSU)Extension’sDivisionofGovernmentalStudiesandServiceswheresheleadstheProgramforDigitalInitiatives.Sheworkswithbusiness,government,economicandcommunitydevelopmentorganizationsonpromotion,researchandtechnicalassistancetoincreasebroadbandawareness,accessandadoption.MonicaisontheWashingtonOneNetteamprovidingoutreachandengagementregardingFirstNetinthestate.ShewasanactivememberoftheWashingtonStateBroadbandAdvisoryCouncilandprovidedARRAfundedtechnicalassistancetoregionalbroadbandplanningeffortsacrossthestate.ShecurrentlyservesontheWashingtonStateLibraryDigitalLiteracyAdvisoryTeam,AffiliatedTribesofNorthwestIndiansEnergyandTelecommunicationsCommittee,InlandNorthwestPartners,WSU530MudslideandWildfireRecoveryteamsandtheRuralTelecommunicationsCongressboard.PriortojoiningWSU,Monicaledaconsultingfirmthatprovidedpresentations,consultationandtrainingontelework,compressedworkweeks,flextimeaswellascommunityandeconomicdevelopmentforpublic,privateandnon-profitorganizations.ShewasatamajortelecommunicationscompanyinWashingtonforfourteenyearsworkinginoperatorservices,accounting,marketingandpublicaffairs.

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MariaAlvarez-StroudDirector,Broadband&E-CommerceEducationCenter,UniversityofWisconsinExtensionMariaAlvarezStroudisthedirectorofUniversityofWisconsin-Extensions’Broadband&E-CommerceEducationCenter.From2010-’13shesuccessfullyledtheNTIAfederallyfundedendeavorsofUWEX,a$45millioneffortbringingadditionalfibertoWisconsinforcommunityanchorinstitutionsalongwithacommunityeducationandoutreachefforttoencouragebroadbandadoption.Sheisaseasonedexecutivewithover25yearsofexperienceincreatingnewservicestreamsandseekingoutnewwaysofreachingunderservedaudiences.Mariahasdonethisworkinavarietyofsettings,fromthenonprofitsectortopublicbroadcastingandhighereducation.Sheisexperiencedinchangemanagement,strategicpartnershipadvancement,andfunddevelopment,havingcreatednumeroustoolsrecognizednationally.SheholdsaBachelorofScienceinPsychologyandCommunicationsandaMastersinPublicPolicyandAdministrationfromUniversityofWisconsin-Madison.


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