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1 Broadband in Michigan and Livingston County Status, Developments and the Future DAN MANNING COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR SOUTHERN MICHIGAN CONNEC T MICHIGAN

2 Discussion topics I. Intro to Connect Michigan/Connected Nation II. Broadband status in Michigan III. Broadband status and work in Livingston County IV. Recent developments V. Q&A We value the information Connect Michigan offers to townships around the state, and looks forward to the continuation of Connect Michigan s mission to facilitate the expansion of broadband access and use throughout the Great Lakes State. Michigan Townships Association

3 Who we are Connected Nation, non-profit dedicated to expanding broadband access, adoption, and use. Core competencies include: Network mapping, validation, and analysis Residential and business adoption research Local, state, and national policy analysis and capacity building Community technology planning Connect Michigan, subsidiary of Connected Nation Partnered with the Michigan Public Service Commission Collaborate at all levels with a diverse group of stakeholders Broadband mapping, research, and community planning Host the annual Michigan Broadband Conference in Lansing Community Planning Research Tasked with facilitating the expansion of broadband throughout Michigan Mapping (Access) (Adoption & Use) We have found Connect Michigan to be an independent, reliable source of information and technical assistance in the realm of broadband issues. Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

4 11.4% 4.3% 96.8% 99.1% 93.6% 98.4% 89.7% 92.7% 88.7% 86.7% Current state of broadband access in Michigan - definition FCC Definition History Kbps/200Kbps Mbps/1Mbps Mbps/1Mbps Mbps/3Mbps National Broadband Plan Goals: m homes with 50Mbps/20Mbps m homes with 100Mbps/50Mbps 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Household Availability 768 Kbps 3 Mbps 10 Mbps 25 Mbps 50 Mbps October 2010 October 2014 There remains a strong grassroots constituency for broadband coverage across our southwest Michigan region. Connect Michigan will continue to be our first choice as an expert partner in our progression toward complete regional broadband coverage. Southwest Regional Planning Commission

5 Current state of broadband access in Michigan Broadband Growth (Since October 2010) We partnered with Connect Michigan to create a pilot program to help communities create local task forces to improve their small businesses use of technology with great success. We hope to work on similar collaborative projects in the future. Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

6 Current state of broadband access in Michigan 3Mbps/768Kbps (October 2014) Their leadership in creating a connected state through broadband access is critical to Michigan s continued economic revitalization. With Connect Michigan leading the charge, we ll transform ideas and aspirations into reality, creating a prosperous and thriving Michigan. Prima Civitas Foundation

7 Current state of broadband access in Michigan 10Mbps/1.5Mbps (October 2014) We knew we had a problem, but it sat unaddressed for a number of years. We didn t address it because we didn t know how to start, where to go for help and besides most of our peers (rural counties) had the same issue. This is where Connect Michigan came in. Osceola County Community Development

8 Current state of broadband access in Michigan 25Mbps/3Mbps (October 2014) Connect Michigan is constantly working to boost Michigan s standing in the digital economy and accelerates technology economic growth in local communities across Michigan by applying proven solutions to shared challenges. Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission

9 Current state of broadband access in Michigan Unserved Household Density 25Mbps/3Mbps (October 2014) Information Technology is generally a competitive and guarded field. Our committee attendees stated they appreciate and benefit from hearing what their peers are doing in a setting championed by a neutral party St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission

10 Current state of broadband adoption in Michigan 1.9 Million Non-Adopting Adults in 2014 Awareness 37% Cost 14% Digital Literacy 12% Access Elsewhere 10% Not Available 8% Illness/Disability 2% Don t Know/Other 17% 53,000 Non-Adopting Michigan Businesses in 2014 We don't need broadband/internet No computer Broadband is not available Too much of a distraction/ would Too expensive It is too complicated Other Don't know/refused 2% 3% 3% 9% 18% 4% 24% 37% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% It has been through the assistance, leadership, and guidance of Connect Michigan that our community has been able to gain the much needed knowledge to begin to move forward with a clear understanding of our current service levels and the development of a plan. Barry County Chamber of Commerce

11 Current state of broadband adoption in Michigan By accelerating technology access, adoption, and use at all levels, Connect Michigan drives innovation, creates jobs, maximizes scarce resources, improves education, and increases personal incomes. Library of Michigan

12 Broadband Impact on Small Business Annual Business Revenue Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center CONNECT MICHIGAN DO NOT COPY WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION

13 Connected Community Engagement Program Local technology planning program Establish community team of diverse stakeholders Assess the local broadband/technology landscape against standards based on the National Broadband Plan Develop a plan to fill gaps and local technology issues identified through the assessment process Implement projects to increase the access, adoption, and use of technology and broadband throughout the community Achieve Connected Certification Connect Michigan s community outreach and education programs, policy analysis, and broadband mapping initiatives have proven to be highly effective tools in Michigan s continued strides toward more broadband connectivity and, ultimately, our state s economic prosperity. Frontier Communications

14 Connected Community Engagement Program Connected Certified Communities have a higher broadband adoption rate than the state as a whole and the US average. Communities with plans, (but without certification) are advancing broadband adoption at a rapid pace. Connected participating communities have a higher rate of businesses with an online presence than the state as a whole 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% Residential Broadband Adoption 85% 79% 72% 70% Statewide Broadband Adoption Communities with Plans Connected Certified Communities US Average* Connect Michigan is an important organization that makes significant contributions to Michigan and its citizens. It is a vital organization that will help Michigan become a leader in broadband development and a haven for technology companies to bring their businesses and jobs to Michigan. Spring Arbor University

15 Connected Community Engagement Program Projects being implemented include: Website and social media classes for businesses Digital literacy campaigns Residential and business surveys to better identify access issues and areas of demand Zoning ordinance language review and updates, and other regulatory language modifications to lower barriers to expansion Awareness and support campaigns for educational one-to-one device programs Support for local placemaking initiatives Public-private partnerships for infrastructure expansion Increasing use of residential surveys to more precisely identify local demand to support provider business cases (and continually refine Connect Michigan maps) Trend toward more localized, township-level action planning as broadband coverage increases across counties Through Connect Michigan we devised a project plan to assist our county, our businesses and residents to enter into the global arena. Without the guidance of Connect Michigan our County would not have had access to the knowledge base that enabled us to complete the assessments needed for certification. Roscommon County Economic Development Corporation

16 Connected Community Engagement Program Clare County Example collaboration between schools, libraries, local government (cities and townships), and broadband provider resulted in public-private partnership for expanding service in rural areas leveraged unused portions of existing fiber ring to increase capacity for spurs to rural areas, townships shared the cost of tower construction, ISP installed equipment and provided service Unserved Household Density: October % of households with access to 3 Mbps Unserved Household Density: October % of households with access to 3 Mbps It is our sincere conviction that the Connect Michigan program has made a significant difference throughout Michigan in expanding access to broadband Internet service and also by expanding the knowledge and use of this very important communication system. City of Clare

17 Livingston County A CERTIFIED CONNECTED COMMUNITY

18 Connect Michigan and Livingston County Livingston County joined Connect Michigan s Connected Community program in May 2012 o The Connected Community broadband program was adopted by Advantage Livingston s Placemaking Committee Key program components: 1) Form a team of community leaders/stakeholders 2) Conduct an Assessment of the county s current broadband environment 3) Compare the Assessment vs. nationally established criteria 4) Develop and execute a Technology Action Plan for Livingston County

19 Connect Michigan encourages a comprehensive view of broadband Access Assess and improve the existing broadband infrastructure for residents and businesses by working with internet service providers, key decision makers and local beneficiaries. Adoption Assess and expand the adoption of broadband service by local residents and businesses by reducing barriers and increasing awareness of the internet s value to their quality of life. Use Assess and expand the use of broadband capabilities and applications (websites) for the greatest benefit to residents, businesses and the overall community.

20 Advantage Livingston has recognized broadband as a Placemaking strategy o Identified additional key contacts/stakeholders across the county for input on current broadband concerns and plans o Reviewed current broadband coverage maps, list of broadband service providers, data on broadband speeds and other information regarding the county s broadband infrastructure o Conducted an organizational survey of each township, village and city, including major libraries, chambers of commerce and school districts to assess broadband use, needs and satisfaction o Introduced local internet service providers to the community to help expand coverage and improve service to residents and businesses o Gathered additional community data and information to complete the Assessment process for evaluation by Connect Michigan and Connected Nation

21 The Community Broadband Assessment evaluates the community s access, adoption and use of broadband

22 Livingston County s Broadband Assessment scores reflect strong broadband support Scoring criteria established by Connected Nation and the National Broadband Plan Total score of 100 or more with at least 32 points per focus area qualifies as a Certified Connected Community Does NOT imply that no issues exist or that all residents have access to broadband Certification recognizes best equipped communities; there are now 13 other certified communities in Michigan (Livingston County was 4 th ) FOCUS AREA ACCESS ADOPTION USE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Broadband Availability Broadband Speeds Broadband Competition Middle Mile Access Mobile Broadband Availability Community Technology Scorecard Community Champions: Ceci Marlow Community Advisor: Dan Manning DESCRIPTION 98% to 100% of households have access to 3 Mbps 75% of households with access to at least 50 Mbps 90.0% to 94.9% of households with access to more than 1 broadband provider Availability of middle mile fiber infrastructure from more than 1 provider 99.0% to 100.0% of households with access to mobile wireless SCORE MAXIMU M POSSIBLE SCORE ACCESS SCORE Program grads are greater than 10 Digital Literacy per 1000 residents over the past year Public Computer 500 computer hours per 1000 low Centers income residents per week Broadband Campaigns reach 100% of the Awareness community Vulnerable Population Focus 4 groups 8 10 ADOPTION SCORE Economic Opportunity 4 advanced, 4 basic uses Education 2 advanced, 8 basic uses Government 2 advanced, 4 basic uses 8 10 Healthcare 1 advanced, 6 basic uses 8 10 USE SCORE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SCORE

23 A Technology Action Plan has been developed for Livingston County to expand broadband access and use Priority Projects 1. Complete a Vertical Assets Inventory 2. Perform an Analysis of Local Policies and Ordinances 3. Perform a Broadband Build-out Analysis in Unserved Areas 4. Develop Public-Private Partnerships to Deploy Broadband Service 5. Assess the Need for a Broadband Training and Awareness Program for Small Businesses Other Suggested Actions 1. Study and Possibly Reassess Major Telecom Purchase Contracts 2. Initiate a Community Computer Refurbishment Program 3. Develop a Technology Mentorship Program 4. Improve Online Business Services Offered by the Government 5. Promote Telemedicine in Remote Areas

24 Livingston County Availability of 3 Mbps Broadband Service

25 Livingston County Availability of 3 Mbps Broadband Service

26 Livingston County Availability of 10 Mbps Broadband Service

27 Livingston County Density of Broadband Service Providers

28 Livingston County Density of Broadband Service Providers

29 Interactive Map Available Providers by Address Buno Road, Brighton

30 Livingston County Current Internet Service Providers Cable Providers Charter Comcast Wide Open West (WOW) DSL Providers ACD.net AT&T Cavalier Telephone (Windstream) Frontier Iserv MegaPath TDS Telecom Fixed Wireless Providers Air Advantage FreedomNet Hidden Lake Wireless Invisalink Tri-County Wireless Mobile Providers AT&T MetroPCS Sprint T-mobile Verizon CONNECT MICHIGAN DO NOT COPY WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION

31 Survey of providers of all technology types Asked to identify barriers preventing them from further developing their networks: Barriers to the Expansion of Broadband Access Hard Barriers 1. Low density of households 2. Cost of middle mile access 2. Tower restrictions or permitting 3. Pole restrictions or permitting 4. Physical geography and terrain 5. Trenching restrictions and permitting Soft Barriers 1. Real or perceived cost of broadband 2. Lack of awareness of broadband s benefits 2. Digital literacy skills of the public 3. Real or perceived cost of computer ownership 4. Concerns related to online security CONNECT MICHIGAN DO NOT COPY WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION

32 General Approach for Addressing Broadband Access Needs Review and assess current high-level broadband coverage maps and data for your community Refine coverage maps and data with local input and information Conduct local broadband surveys to further refine data and support business case for potential expansion Identify and get to know your current broadband providers Share information about currently available providers in the community Solicit provider input on issues/concerns regarding broadband service for your community

33 Explore potential solutions for identified needs Existing or New Providers Technology types Partnerships (schools, libraries, state/county, etc.) Identify potential funding sources Assess solution costs and other considerations Identify potential funding sources Grants and loans Local budgets Public/private partnerships Develop solution plan and execute General Approach for Addressing Broadband Access Needs

34 Recognized Needs and Active Efforts Livingston County Strong need for new and improved broadband access in northern and western townships Cohoctah, Conway, Iosco, Tyrone Townships and Connect Michigan working with providers to encourage and support expansion Need to attract additional providers to the area FreedomNet now upgrading tower equipment and looking for locations to mount micro-pops in Cohoctah Township Iosco Township has been investigating a fiber-to-the-home project with Pulse Broadband

35 Michigan Public Act 564 of 2014 opens the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) towers to colocation by other entities area must be unserved at 3Mbps/768Kbps to qualify for colocation Connect Michigan continues to provide leaders at all levels with neutral, candid broadband advocacy and information, and convene stakeholders across multiple sectors in launching collaborative models of broadband and technology expansion. Lansing Economic Area Partnership

36 Michigan Connects Fiber Map first publicly available map of fiber routes voluntary participation from carriers when clicked or address entered, lists carriers: w/ fiber within a ¼ mile w/ 100mbps service known to have fiber in the municipality As we embark upon the many initiatives identified in our Technology Action Plan and beyond; it is crucial that the services of Connect Michigan remain viable to maintain the forward momentum required to resolve our issues with broadband access, adoption, and use. Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc.

37 Broadband Build-out programs Connect America Fund Transitions Universal Service Fund subsidies from supporting phone systems to broadband build-out Mobile and wired support Frontier and CenturyLink have accepted subsidies for build-out in Michigan We truly appreciate the support that Connect Michigan has awarded us in this process; we are committed to continue our advancements, with the continued expertise of Connect Michigan Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce

38 Broadband Build-out programs Rural Broadband Experiments New program created during the CAF transition Supports new and innovative deployments of broadband with funding available to previously Several initial applications selected in Michigan, waiting on FCC to decide on waivers, additional rules, path forward, etc. before deployment Rural Broadband Experiment Expressions of Interest in Michigan Agri-Valley Services, Inc./AVCI.net AirNorth Communications, Inc. Allband Communications Cooperative Baraga Telephone Co. Barry County Telephone Company Blanchard Telephone Company Bloomingdale Communications, Inc. Carr Telephone Company Cherry Capital Connection Clear Rate Communications, Inc. Cloverland Electric Cooperative & Lighthouse.Net Comlink LLC ISP Management Inc. Lennon Telephone Company Lennon Telephone Company and TVC, Inc. M-22 Internet Project, LLC Merit Network, Inc. Michigan Broadband Services Michwave Technologies, Inc. Midwest Energy Cooperative Ogden Telephone Company Pasty.NET, Inc. RuralReach.com Sand Creek Telephone Company Crystal Automation Systems, Inc. (Casair) Sebewaing Light and Water Delmerico, Dan; Iasco Township Clerk, Livingston County DMCI Broadband, LLC Freedomnet Solutions Great Lakes Energy Cooperative Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.) Hiawatha Communications Inc. Hidden Lake Wireless, Inc. Holland Board of Public Works SpeedConnect LLC Springport Telephone Co. Shorewaves LLC SyncWave, LLC Vergennes Broadband LLC Waldron Telephone Company Westphalia Telephone Company We have a Technology Action Plan, completed a county-wide broadband survey, and now have maps that resulted from the survey. Without a doubt, we would not have come this far without Connect Michigan Ogemaw County Economic Development

39 Community Broadband Initiative January 2015, President Obama announced a number of initiatives to expand broadband networks Community Broadband Summit in June 2015 BroadbandUSA technical assistance program to communities from the NTIA Revamp of USDA-RUS broadband loan programs Formation of Federal Broadband Opportunity Council Call to end state laws restricting municipal broadband initiatives (impact on Michigan Telecommunications Act)

40 Dan Manning (Southern LP) Tom Stephenson (Northern LP/UP) Eric Frederic (Executive Director) Maps, research, and information Michigan Fiber Map Questions? 3 rd Annual Michigan Broadband Conference now being planned for October 19-20, 2015 in Lansing

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