EVENT Jan 29: MN Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

The MN Broadband Task Force is meeting on Friday. Here’s the login info:

January 29 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only)
+1 763-317-4323,,989314741# United States, Plymouth
Phone Conference ID: 989 314 741#

Here’s the agenda…

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from December 18, 2020 Meeting
10:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.  Status of 2020 Annual Report
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  Office of Broadband Development Update
10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Focus for 2021

  • Topics
  • Presenters
  • Meeting Locations (post-virtual meetings)

11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  ask Force Organization

  • Subcommittee or Other Structure
  • Assign Topics
  • Assign Task Force Members to Subcommittee or Other Structure

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Public Comment, Other Business, February Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

MN Broadband Task Force meeting: penultimate meeting on the 2020 annual report

Today the MN Broadband Task Force heard from the third subcommittee (Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup) on their version of the Task Force report – it was a continuation of the last Task Force meeting . This subcommittee has three primary recommendations:

  1. Continue Minnesota’s Border to Border state broadband grant program and fund it from the base budget.
  2. Create an Office of Broadband operating annual fund of $1.5 million to promote broadband adoption and use and redress digital inequity.
  3. Update Minnesota’s broadband speed goals to 100 Mbps/100 Mbps symmetrical service by 2028.

They also had a series of secondary recommendations that lift of recommendations from other committees when their recommendations relate to increasing access/availability of broadband technology or tools.

There was little conversation about the first recommendation or the secondary recommendations. There was discussion about the second goal. There seems to be concern that the Office of Broadband Development might not have staff time for the added work – but the work is already mandated in their job description and the OBD came up with the number. There was quite a bit of discussion on the third recommendation, which led to a discussion on RDOF that I will likely pull out for a separate post over the weekend. The top concerns (on speed, not RDOF) seem to be that houses that currently don’t have 25/3 will be left behind if the speed goal is changed and that policymakers will be confused if the speeds are changed. The counter seems to be that the households that have 25/3 are being left behind too – especially as impacted by COVID and that broadband development is, by its nature, a goal that moves as technology improves. Continue reading

EVENT Dec 18: Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

From the Office of Broadband Development…

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9– 9:10 a.m.  Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Overview, Approve Meeting Minutes

9:10 – 11:00 a.m. Walk Through Draft of Annual Report

11- 11:10 a.m. Public Comments

11 – 11:30 a.m. Other Business, Next Steps, Wrap-up

EVENT Dec 11: MN Broadband Task Force meeting

This is pretty much a continuation of the last Task Force meeting where they began looking at the draft of the annual report…

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

December 11, 2020

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.                Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Overview

12:40 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.                  Walk Through Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup Draft for Annual Report

1:20 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.                     Public Comments

1:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                     Other Business, Next Steps, Wrap-up

MN Broadband Task Force Dec 1 2002 – draft annual report and easements for rural electric coops

Today the MN Broadband Task Force got through two of the subcommittee groups report drafts. And they heard from a Discussion of Electric Cooperative Easements for Broadband from MREA (Dan Lipschultz) and (MCCA) Tony Mendoza. It’s interesting to see the focus on a very provider-focused policy detail juxtaposed to discussion of broadband grants, budget and speeds.

The group seemed united in waiting to keep the broadband recommendations high level. There are three subcommittees in the Task Force; each wrote a version or their version of the report including their separate recommendations. One subcommittee went into great detail of their report which spurred discussion from the others. Then there was an interlude on easements. Then the second group gave a very high level look (less than 10 minutes) of their report and the third subcommittee will get an opportunity at another time.

The idea is that the three version will be merged into one and apparently the merging will begin immediately.

You can see it all in the video:

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MN Broadband Task Force meeting: notes on the upcoming report

The MN Broadband Task Force spent the morning at the Blandin Foundation Broadband 2020 conference. They spent an extra hour after that meeting mostly discussing the upcoming broadband task force report that they have begun to write.

They showed an outline of the report and each subcommittee reported on their thoughts and work so far – including mention of the various recommendations. There is some agreement, some disagreement and a lot of overlap on the recommendations made by each of the three subcommittees:

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Minnesota Model
  • Barriers to Technology

The big agreement is to ask for more money for future grants. There wasn’t agreement, which may just reflect no discussion, on whether to recommend that for base funding or not.

A big disagreement is updating the speed goals. Some thought they should stay where they are because providers have already been working on grant projects based on those goals. Some thought that the 25/3 goal is realistically obsolete since the next potential round of funding they are seeking is 2022 and the 25/3 speed goal is “by 2022.” Some thought that 25/2 was adequate for one person at home but when you get to two kids in school and at least one parent working from home; those speeds did not suffice.

There are minimal talk about changing the 2026 goal of 100/20. The real focus for proponents is changing the upload speed. Some people pointed out that COVID has shown us that upload speeds matter most for productivity.

Also there was a lot of talk about how to talk about these recommendation to reach consensus. Many people seemed to think that if there was no consensus that they would leave it ASIS.

The next Task Force meeting is scheduled for November 10 – and apparently Governor Walz will be there.

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Meeting Oct 7: Agenda

The next Broadband Task Force is scheduled during the fall broadband conference Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand. The Task Force will be with the Broadband conference through the morning. Then the conference ends and the Task Force will reconvene at 1:30.

There are a couple ways to approach attending:

Below the agenda from the Office of Broadband Development.

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

October 7, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

(Note the 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. portion of the meeting will be held jointly with Blandin Conference

Webex/Conference Call 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:
Dial-in: 1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049

Meeting link:

https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m8cde191bd040cd9db4e9e554c4d5a40d

Meeting Number: 130 631 1709

Password: DEED

 

Joint Meeting with Blandin Foundation Fall Conference: Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.  Welcome

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Border-to-Border Broadband Development Fund Grantee Presentations Hear about how Minnesota broadband grants impacted communities

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions with Task Force Subcommittees

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Report Back and Task Force Thank You

11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. From Digital Infrastructure to Transformation: Leveraging Broadband for Community Economic Development

Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development; and C&RE Specialist, Purdue Extension, W Lafayette, IN This presentation will discuss some digital applications and uses to help communities leverage this technology to improve their quality of lives.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Break

Please join via WebEx (instructions above) for the 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. portion of the meeting:

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from September 8, 2020 Meeting

1:45 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.  Subgroup Report Out

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, November Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

 

EVENT Sep 8: Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

Meeting scheduled for next week…

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

September 8, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Webex/Conference Call

Meeting link:

https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=mfb764c7a0d565294c8b248b50dc3d1d2

Dial-in: 1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049

Meeting number: 130 177 6750

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from August 4, 2020 Meeting

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Satellite Communications and Broadcasting Association (SBCA) Steve Hill, Executive Director

11:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.  Minnesota Mapping Presentation

Brent Legg and Ashley Hitt, Connected Nation

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Discussion of Report Writing Process, Assignment of Writers

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Subgroup Updates and Identification of Information Needed to Complete Draft Recommendations and Report Content

12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, October Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

MN Broadband Task Force August Meeting notes & video

The Task Force met this morning. There is a new member, Jason Hollinday from Fond du Lac. They heard from Minnesota Department of Education Overview on CARES Act Funding for Distance Learning and from a few experts from the Department. The difficulty is balancing the immediate need for infrastructure with investing in infrastructure that will be around and sufficient for the long term. Bernadine Joselyn was able to talk about the ConnectedMN program that augments the federal funding.

The talked about the need to get started writing the annual report and Task Force members expressed an interest in engaging more in broadband activities in and around the state. And each of the subcommittees reported on their mid-meeting discussions:

  • Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)
  • Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)
  • Report out by Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup (Chair: Bernadine Joselyn; Members: Dale Cook and Micah Myers)

 

EVENT Aug 4: Task Force on Broadband agenda & instructions

Online and open to all, here are the details from the Office of Broadband Development

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

August 4, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Webex/Conference Call
Dial-in:
1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049

Meeting link:

https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m084c72bdb90f292b59fc021ac3ebd7de

PW: DEED

Meeting Number: 130 292 7338

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from June 24, 2020 Meeting

10:15 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  Minnesota Department of Education Overview of CARES Act Funding for Distance Learning Alicia Waeffler, Equity and Opportunity Programs Supervisor

Michael Dietrich, ESEA Policy Specialist

Sara George, ESEA/ESSA Title I Part A Program Specialist

11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.                Break

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.  Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)

11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.  Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)

11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Report out by Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup (Chair: Bernadine Joselyn; Members: Dale Cook and Micah Myers)

12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Discussion of Report Writing Process

12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, September Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

MN Broadband Task Force June 2020 notes: Microsofts Airband and Jonathan Chambers broadband investment maps

Today the Task Force heard from Microsoft Airband about their offerings. They noted that they were looking for broadband provider partners that are innovative. They also mentioned they weren’t as interested in fiber, but clearly not against it either. Then the Task Force heard from former FCC member, Jonathan who mentioned maps that showed public investment by county and talked about the need to focus on future proof network (or prepare to pay for upgrades).

They also heard from the subgroups:

Barriers to Technology Task Force Sub Group

Looking at

  • Funding
  • Affordability
  • Pandemic highlights affordability
  • Mapping
  • Permitting & easements

Recommendations

  • Speed goals – equity between rural/urban; Aim for 2026 speed goals 100/20
  • Dig Once
  • Understand advances in technology
  • Cyber security

Minnesota Model Subgroup

Recommendations

  • Mapping – want to stay with current, not supporting anything new but maybe offer an RFP for mapping in 2021
  • Distribution of funds: look at geographic areas? Prioritize unserved areas
  • $30 million annually in base funding – need to include funding for OBD. Needs to be put into GOvernor’s budget
  • Get Brent Christensen to talk about process for getting funding as a company to prevent double dipping (getting state and fed money)
  • What should the report look like? Do we need a full report – or maybe just a letter

Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup

Recommendations

  • OBD be funding to create an operating fund that includes digital equity work
  • Telecommunication Equity Aid – fully fund by raising funding cap to $9 million
  • Stand up a computer recycling programs for the State

Here’s the agenda for the day:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from May 20, 2020 Meeting
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  Microsoft Airband – Aimee Sprung, Airband US, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • 10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.   Rural Electric Provision of Broadband and FCC Rural Digital Opportunities Fund Auction Jonathan Chambers, Conexon
  • 11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Break
  • 11:30a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)

EVENT June 24: MN Broadband Task Force agenda

Here’s info on the next MN Broadband Task Force meeting…

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Webex/Conference Call Dial-in: 1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049
Meeting link: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m9f10385557403766e24adbfab2cfd178
Meeting Number: 130 052 7670

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from May 20, 2020 Meeting
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  Microsoft Airband – Aimee Sprung, Airband US, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • 10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.   Rural Electric Provision of Broadband and FCC Rural Digital Opportunities Fund Auction Jonathan Chambers, Conexon
  • 11:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Break
  • 11:30a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Report out by Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup (Chair: Bernadine Joselyn; Members: Dale Cook and Micah Myers)
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Public Comment, Other Business, August Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

EVENT May 20: MN Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

Happening on Wednesday…

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
May 20, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Webex/Conference Call
Dial-in:
1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049

Meeting link: https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m4fb8155ff38556bf0f042572909fb9c3

Meeting number: 592 448 653

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Approval of Minutes from February, March and April, 2020
  • 10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. St. Louis County Crowdsource Mapping Project-GEO Partners
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Break
  • 11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Midco Presentation on Service Technologies
  • 11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Legislative Update—Deven Bowdry, DEED Government Relations Coordinator
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Report out by Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup (Chair: Bernadine Joselyn; Members: Dale Cook and Micah Myers)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Shannon Heim, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)
  • 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)
  • 12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, June Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

MN Broadband Task Force meeting April 2020: video and notes on mapping, COVID, legislative updates

Today they MN Broadband Task Force met virtually. They heard from Senator Smith on the federal funding for broadband (CARES). They heard from Anna Read from Pew Research on their State of States and Broadband report. They heard from Kristi Westbrock at CTC about how life is going for the local provider during the COVID quarantine. They got updates from the three task force subgroups. If I had to pick a couple of random highlights:

  • Anna talked about two things that seemed to help broadband projects: having people dedicated to broadband and revising speed goals.
  • Kristi mentioned that upload speeds have increased since COVID demonstrating their importance for doing work, school and health from home. She also noted that their busy times have shifted to 10am to 2pm and that while they used to start network maintenance at midnight, they now start at 2am because people are now active online until 2am. (So relieved to learn that may family isn’t alone – none of us are sleeping!)
  • Nearly everyone mentioned great concern with the status of broadband mapping. They are notoriously incorrect. Providers and customers agree on this, which is a problem when funding is based on the maps. It was suggested that the State invest in mapping before the RODF applications are closed to ensure that all qualified areas in MN show up as qualified. I think if MN did that they would have a model to show to the rest of the US!
  • At the end of the meeting the Task Force discussed the current MN legislative activity on broadband. Listen to get details but the quick take – House and Senate have bills. Both are being discussed in meetings this week. They will likely hammer out differences in Committee – differences include where the funding comes from.

EVENT April 29: MN Broadband Task Force meeting (virtual)

Here is the agenda and instructions for joining:

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband April 29, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Webex/Conference Call
Dial-in:
1-619-377-3319 or 1-888-742-5095, Passcode 3249482049

Meeting link:

https://intercall.webex.com/intercall/j.php?MTID=m4fb8155ff38556bf0f042572909fb9c3

Meeting number: 592 448 653

 

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.  Welcome, Introductions, Public Comment
  • 10:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.  Comments and Discussion with Sen. Tina Smith on Federal Updates and COVID-19 Funding Work
  • 10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. PEW Trusts presentation by Anna Read
  • 11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CTC Perspective on Challenges Created by COVID-19 by Kristi Westbrock, CEO/General Manager
  • 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Task Force Members Discuss COVID-19 Impacts
  • 11:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Report out by Minnesota Model Subgroup (Chair: Brian Krambeer; Members: Steve Fenske, Shannon Heim, Theresa Sunde, Paul Weirtz)
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Report out by Barriers and Technology Subgroup (Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson, Dave Wolf; Members: Nolan Cauthen, Steve Giorgi, Jim Weikum)
  • 12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Report out by Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup (Chair: Bernadine Joselyn; Members: Dale Cook and Micah Myers)

 

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.                Other Business/May Meeting Plans/Wrap Up