The Task Force is moving out of the "gather information" phase and into the "negotiate positions and write the report" phase of our work.
We gave ourselves a report-writing assignment at the meeting last Friday -- each of us is charged with writing a few paragraphs that we bring to the next meeting (April 24th). Our paragraphs can be aimed at any section of the report outline. So I'm calling on you to help me out with my writing assignment.
I'll paste the report outline into this post in a second. View it as a Christmas tree that we're hanging paragraphs on. Find the part (or parts) of the outline that you're most interested in, and write a paragraph. Post them in the comments (cross-reference your paragraph to the section of the report you'd like to address). Try to cram your paragraphs into this structure, but let me know if you just can't -- we may need to add a few sections here and there.
Deadline for your paragraphs -- end of day on April 17th (a week before our meeting).
I can't promise that I'll take them all verbatim, but I can promise that this will dramatically improve the quality of the input to the report.
This is the big-deal moment peepul. Help write us a report that really helps Minnesota move forward on this broadband stuff.
1. Executive Summary
2. Chapters of the report:
a. Statement of values
i. Advancement of State
iii. Technology neutral
b. Where we’ve been
i. The history of it all, for example, how voice telecommunications evolved, how it was subsidized, etc…
ii. How we got to where we are today
c. Where we are today
i. Mapping Project
1 Unserved areas shown & defined
2 Underserved areas shown & defined
ii. Where competitors are today
1 Surrounding states
2 Leaders in the US
3 Leaders worldwide
1 Rural/Metro population
2 Per capita income
3 Household income
d. Where we want to be
i. For each of the 8 points from the legislation, how we pay for it, what policy changes are necessary
1. Identification of the level of broadband service, including connection speeds for sending and receiving data that is reasonably needed by all citizens by 2015. (What’s needed for tomorrow—big picture, by functionality and rural/metro considerations. Essentials we want to make sure to provide, no matter what.)
2. An evaluation and recommendation of the security, vulnerability, and redundancy actions necessary to ensure the reliability of high-speed broadband
3. A description of economic development opportunities made possible by the wide dissemination of high-speed broadband
4. An evaluation of how access to high-speed broadband can benefit educational institutions, healthcare institutions, community-based organizations, and government institutions.
e. How are we going to get there? [A high-level look]
i. A description of the policies and actions necessary to achieve the goal including the elimination of obstacles to investment and the identification of areas in the state that currently lack infrastructure necessary to support broadband service
1. A description of the opportunities for the public and private sectors to cooperate to achieve the goal
2. A description of what other states have done either by public policy or legislation to increase broadband (Utah grant program, WI tax credit, for example.) Evaluate strategies, collaborations, financing methods, and financial incentives used in other states and countries to support the deployment of high-speed broadband
3. How we pay for it
a Estimate of the costs of reaching the broadband goal, including capital costs
b Identify who will [or should] bear those costs
c Opportunities to leverage investments
4. Future scenarios and how to take advantage of them
f. Define broadband by functionality: define what’s needed for each application (e-mail vs. telecommuting, vs. HDTV downloads, etc.) – similar to the California report
3. Comprehensive Policy Recommendations
A. Be sure to cross reference 8 points of legislation
B. Recommend focus of future legislation
C. Other recommendations the Governor/Legislature should consider for future study