1 New Jersey s State Broadband Program April 24, 2013
2 Topics Overview of the State Broadband Program Definition of Broadband Importance of Broadband in Urban and Rural Areas Availability and where NJ Ranks Adoption and where NJ Ranks Households Community Anchor Institutions Overview Education Healthcare Business Next Steps with the New Jersey State Broadband Program Resources 2
3 The National Broadband Plan Broadband has become an essential tool for today s digital age In 2010, Congress requested the development the first National Broadband Plan that lays out a roadmap to improve access, speed and adoption. This created available funding through different grants and programs
4 The State Broadband Program New Jersey Office of Information Technology was awarded two different grants by NTIA under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program State Broadband Initiative Overview to create and maintain the first public, searchable nationwide map of broadband availability To Gain better insight of broadband availability, adoption and broadband usage in the State amongst households and community anchor institutions, namely, education, libraries, colleges, healthcare providers, public safety, government and non government institutions that anchor our communities. Provide technical assistance The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) To support the deployment of broadband infrastructure for a national public safety grade network that provides first responders with improved speed and quality grade Identify, assess and upgrade current government towers to prepare for national public safety network requirements in rural and urban areas Deploy an interoperable 700 MHz public safety wireless broadband network in North Jersey as a pilot network, leveraging carrier assets in a dense urban high crime area
5 How do you define broadband?
6 What is Broadband? The meaning is often not clear because the definition changes with regards to: Speed Types of broadband Availability Need
7 What is Broadband? Definition: High-speed Internet access that is always on (vs. dial-up) FCC s Definition - (Federal Communications Commission) categorizes an Internet service as broadband if it transmits at a speed of at least 4 megabits/second (Mbps) for downloading and at least 1 Mbps for uploading Broadband speed requirements vary for personal use vs. use by institutions
8 Broadband Speed The FCC definition of broadband speed has changed as technologies continue to evolve. Different capabilities are needed for different applications. Applications that service different sectors , Web Browsing, VOIP Telecommuting, Streaming Music and Video, Remote Surveillance File Sharing, Internet Protocol Television On-Demand Video, Gaming Telemedicine, Remote Education, IPTV High Definition HD Video Surveillance Video Conferencing, Remote Super Computing Real-Time Data Collection, Real-Time Medical Image Consultation Speed requirement 768K-1.5 Mbps Mbps 3-6 Mbps 6-10 Mbps Mbps Mbps Mbps >100 Mbps Performance issues occur when the service and speed cannot handle the application. 8
9 Types of Broadband Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Cable Modem Fiber Wireless (WiFi and Mobile) Satellite 9
10 Why is Broadband Important?
11 The Importance of Broadband Broadband is fast becoming of primary importance for citizens education public safety health care government business All of which are significant enablers to economic growth, delivery of services and quality of life 11
12 Broadband 3 Areas for Consideration - Availability - Adoption - Effective Use Is the service available and is it reliable and sufficient for use? Are citizens and community anchor institutions using it? Are citizens and community anchor institutions leveraging it most effectively?
13 Availability One First Step in the SBI grant was to gather data from the broadband service providers to determine where broadband is available
14 Broadband Availability The New Jersey Broadband Map updated every 6 months NTIA defines availability as the ability to obtain service within 7-10 days NOT that it is necessarily already available Broadband availability gap is greatest and most expensive in areas with low population density The blue outlined area are the lowest populated areas rural areas in New Jersey 14
15 Broadband Availability in NJ Here is a snapshot of the State Broadband Map by Technology, speed and # of providers that provide service by area Speed Mobile Wireless DSL # Providers Cable Fiber Satellite The map can be accessed from our website 15
16 Availability The purpose of the broadband map is to: Identify pockets of unmet demand or need Help policy makers identify where the unmet needs are so they can determine how best to fulfill them Use the map as a tool to market NJ and support decisions for businesses looking to relocate Identify where existing technology infrastructures can be leveraged Help providers and customers find each other Determine opportunities for economic growth 16
17 Availability How New Jersey Ranks Broadband availability and speeds tend to be highest in - high-tech - high-income states - high population density Because it is less costly to invest in broadband in metropolitan areas, states that are predominately urban Rankings of the Bottom Five States 1. Mississippi, 2. Arkansas, 3. Montana, 4. New Mexico, 5. Kentucky States with more rural and lower-income populations.
18 Contrasts in Broadband Availability in Urban vs. Rural communities Dividing America into urban and rural populations shows stark contrasts in broadband availability. The single best predictor of lack of availability is population density Source: National Broadband Map, Broadband Statistics Report. Broadband Availability in Urban v. Rural America, Washington: National Broadband Map, 2012, broadbandmap.gov/download/broadband%20availability%20%in%20rural%vs%20urban%20america.pdf. 18
19 Adoption Additional data we are collecting as part of the state broadband initiative is to determine what the adoption rate is in the state for: Households Community Anchor Institutions K-12 schools Universities Libraries Health care facilities (hospitals/emergency medical, pharmacies, labs, etc Public safety facilities (state/local police stations) Government facilities Small Businesses
20 What do you think the broadband household adoption rate is in New Jersey?
21 New Jersey Household Adoption In 2010, a broadband household adoption survey was conducted ~72% household broadband adoption in NJ; ~28% (more than 850,000 households) in NJ did not have household broadband access (+/- 2.1%). Current NJ adoption rate estimate (2012) is ~ 74%. Top Reasons for Non-Adoption Lack of training or skill: (54%) Lack of Inclination (41%) Lack of resources: (30%) Fear of Technology: (5%) Over 86% were very (50%) or somewhat (36%) satisfied with their broadband service. 21
22 Household Adoption How New Jersey Ranks Source: Digital Nation - Expanding Internet Usage - NTIA Research Preview - February p.17 22
23 New Jersey Household Adoption Demographics of Non Adopters - much more likely to be Older, lower income, less educated, African-American, clustered in urban areas, more likely to live alone (social isolation) Top Barriers to household adoption Poverty Lack of resources Lack of experience 23
24 Household Adoption in NJ The red outlined areas are found to have the highest non-adoption rate (lowest adoption) amongst households These findings show that the vast majority of the disadvantaged are located in urban areas ( urban poor ) in New Jersey 24
25 What impact do you think broadband non adoption has on rural areas?
26 Impact of Household Adoption in Rural Areas Non-adoption in rural areas limits the ability of households (and employers) o to take advantage of telecommuting in lower-cost-of- living areas o to take part in the growing field of e-services o to benefit from businesses potentially relocating to lower-cost areas that can contribute to rural economy o the loss of opportunity in education and health care 26
27 How do you think broadband can benefit education in rural areas?
28 Broadband Adoption and Effective Use in Education Can enhance education from pre-school to higher education Enables education to expand beyond the classroom Expands basic testing capabilities It can provide access to external resources Allows for online and distance learning It can improve communication with parents and teachers 28
29 Broadband Impacts in Education in Rural Areas Students in underserved or rural areas can become disadvantaged in finding a job in a digital economy Creates opportunities for people to obtain training and credentials that wouldn t otherwise be possible Creates the opportunity to bring specialized online programs to areas where the population density is too low for traditional classroom 29
30 What would you guess the broadband adoption rate is in New Jersey K-12 schools?
31 % of Districts Broadband Adoption in Education in NJ The data summarized below was collected from May June 2012 from New Jersey school districts and testing sites. The data is self-reported and has not been independently verified. Any conclusions drawn would have to be considered preliminary. 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Less than 10 mbps mbps 100 mbps or greater Download Speeds Upload Speeds Source: New Jersey Department of Education PARCC Survey Results
32 Broadband Adoption in Education in NJ # of Schools Does the district plan to increase use of Internet-based services over the next 12 months?
33 How do you think broadband impacts healthcare?
34 Broadband Adoption Benefits in Healthcare The expansion of broadband access and usage in healthcare can greatly enhance quality of service: patient care through the use of telemedicine electronic prescriptions electronic medical records sharing patient care responsibilities 34
35 Broadband Impacts in Healthcare in Rural Areas Rural areas have fewer surgeons to do surgeries and fewer specialists Broadband in rural areas, provides the ability to: monitor remotely and to potentially reduce patient transfer connect remotely to distant specialists especially in emergencies share patient electronic medical records and large imaginging files Without broadband in rural areas Providers may decide not to locate in areas where sufficient broadband is not available 35
36 Broadband Adoption in Healthcare Our next goal is to conduct a survey of healthcare providers in New Jersey to find out: If they receive internet service If they are satisfied with the quality of service If the current speed/bandwidth meets their needs If they are using telemedicine services If they are leasing or own their own community broadband network If cost is an issue to adoption What issues or barriers are preventing them from effectively adopting 36
37 How do you think broadband can benefit small businesses in rural areas?
38 Broadband Adoption for Small Business Broadband can significantly support small businesses to better compete and grow Many small businesses have a knowledge gap about how best to utilize broadband tools, leaving potential productivity gains unrealized. The benefits of broadband for small businesses include: Increased market access ability to compete globally Increased sales and marketing effectiveness More efficient ways to service customers Reduced communications costs and operational costs Increased speed of access to knowledge Increase opportunities for online businesses 38
39 Broadband Impacts on Business in Rural Areas Rural small businesses may not see the benefits of broadband because they may lack experience on its value to them A company doing a site-selection process for a new facility may choose a location with more broadband capacity than another which creates a loss for the local economy Lack of broadband also creates a barrier for selling products to rural areas Farmers in rural communities can benefit from broadband to buy feed and seed and to sell their livestock or crops to check on weather conditions and obtain the latest technical information 39
40 Broadband Impacts on Agriculture in Rural Areas Broadband service can eliminate the distance between producers and commodity markets Websites make it possible to learn about livestock for sale, reducing the cost of searching for breeding stock. Machinery producers now allow real-time sharing of information about machinery performance from the field. Automated sensing and monitoring devices are now available to gather information about the extent of insect or plant pathogen, and track processes for livestock and poultry levels 40
41 Broadband Adoption Benefits for Small Business We are in the process of conducting a survey of small businesses in New Jersey As part of the grant, we will also be providing small businesses with technical assistance and resources to educate them on how the Internet can grow their business 41
42 Other NTIA Broadband Grants Awarded in NJ Grantee Award Type Overview Thomas Edison State College New Jersey Libraries NJWorks Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. One Economy Corporation University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development ~$5M ~$15M ~$29M Public Computer Centers Sustainable Adoption Sustainable Adoption Add public access computers at public libraries (845 computers were provided to 124 new jersey public libraries ) Upgrade connectivity at libraries (86 libraries received an upgrade to 10 mbps of broadband via Ethernet) Provide job search assistance, employment skills, workforce development programs, and other online resources at libraries (1194 job readiness workshops delivered to over $8000 NJ residents) Expand broadband adoption among people who are deaf and hard of hearing provide them with online tools to more fully participate in the digital economy Implement a comprehensive program of computer training, wireless Internet access, broadband awareness marketing, and online content and applications Target residents of 159 affordable and public housing developments and low-income communities in 50 cities and towns across 31 states and the District of Columbia. ~$63M Infrastructure A large-scale, public-private partnership to interconnect more than 30 existing research and education networks Create a dedicated nationwide fiber backbone with a capacity that would enable advanced networking features such as IPv6 and video multicasting. 42
43 Other Broadband Related Programs Program Connect2compete EveryoneOn Campaign Webjunction Estimated Timeframes Aims to eliminate the digital divide by providing high speed, low cost Internet, computers, and free digital literacy training Provides free digital literacy training online Training sites are setup around the state to provide free training Makes available discounted internet and computers for those who qualify A 3-year national campaign to help everyone get connected and take advantage of free digital literacy training in their communities User-friendly learning portal for new Internet Users Tools and resources to help local partners connect their beneficiaries to the power of technology and the Internet, including customizable PSAs. Press releases, marketing materials and facilitated and online digital literacy curricula To promote learning for all library staff by providing an open, affordable online learning community Resources for learners Choosenj Choose New Jersey is an independently funded and operated 501 (3) nonprofit corporation created to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout New Jersey 43
44 Next Steps Continue to engage stakeholders from Community Anchor Institutions to collect broadband information and assess their need and issues with broadband adoption Develop a Broadband Advisory Cooperative with representatives from community anchor institutions to develop a statewide broadband strategic plan Foster communication, share insight and collaborate on ways to increase broadband adoption and use of broadband in each sector Identify available funding programs to support the build-up of infrastructure and technology needs that leverage broadband adoption Stimulate and encourage expanding broadband demand and utilization in low-adoption areas, underserved and rural communities with the need for affordable, simple and direct online access to services Continue to update and enhance the Broadband map Collect data from service providers and update the map every 6 months Clarify how the map can be used and Update broadband-related data provided by CAI s Allow users to report on an unserved area Complete the Small Business Survey Provide Technical assistance to small businesses 44
45 White Papers & Reports The 2012 State New Economy Index December Broadband in Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities October Achieving Rural Universal Service in a Broadband Era October Broadband Use by Rural Small Businesses Digital Nation - Expanding Internet Usage - NTIA Research Preview - February Nationwide Broadband Public Safety Network BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AS TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION: Assessing the Needs of Community Anchor Institutions (2010) National Broadband Map, Broadband Statistics Report. Broadband Availability in Urban v. Rural America, Washington: National Broadband Map, 2012, 45
46 State and Federal Sites US Department of Agriculture /NJ Eligible Rural Areas US Census Bureau - New Jersey State and County Quick Facts New Jersey Department of Labor Statistics-Q pdf New Jersey Department of Education New Jersey School Directories New Jersey Business and Industry Association Business Resources New Jersey Business Magazine
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