Stronger Economies Together Webinar April, 13 2016 What

Stronger Economies Together Webinar April, 13 2016 What

Stronger Economies Together Webinar April, 13 2016 What is the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)? NTIA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. Programs and policymaking focus: Expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America through BroadbandUSA Managing the governments use of spectrum Ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth What are BroadbandUSAs Goals? BroadbandUSA serves as a strategic advisor to help communities implement broadband

deployment and digital inclusion programs to drive economic development, advance education and healthcare, support public safety and expand access to government services. ts en Ev A TGetting Americans Online Connecting Americas Communities Advancing digital literacy training and broadband adoption efforts to close the

digital divide among vulnerable populations Supporting programs to provide online job search cts assistance and help small du o businesses get onlinePr Promoting programs to provide subsidized computer equipment and low-cost access to those who otherwise couldnt afford it

s ip sh 3 er rtn Pa Helping communities expand local broadband connectivity

and access Ensuring robust bandwidth for schools, libraries, hospitals, government buildings and other community anchor institutions Promoting next-generation, gigabit-capable networks Promoting Economic Development Ensuring communities have advanced, high-speed telecommunications networks to attract businesses, create jobs

and drive growth Supporting local efforts to deploy cutting-edge infrastructure needed to compete in the 21st Century economy Connecting rural communities to broader resources and opportunities Broadband Opportunity Council Established by Presidential Memorandum on March 23, 2015 Co-chaired by DOC and USDA, with 25 member agencies Focused on Executive Branch potential for action Aims to coordinate federal

policies to promote broadband deployment and adoption 4 Addressing regulatory barriers Encouraging public and private investment Promoting broadband adoption and meaningful use Supporting broadband deployment, competition and adoption Community Connectivity Initiative

Preliminary Program Design April 13, 2016 Objectives Strategies: 1.Develop clear indicators for broadband access, adoption and use that facilitate community self-assessment and planning. 2.Spur community mobilization to identify and implement communityaligned broadband improvement plans. 3.Support communities with technical assistance and other resources as they plan and execute broadband projects. 4.Foster a national community of practice. Recommended Action from Broadband Opportunity Council Report Part of NTIAs BroadbandUSA Program 6 Program Scope Goal: Support communities with strategic assessment and planning tools to promote local priorities for

broadband access, adoption, policies, and use. Self-Assessment Scope 8 Progress Through Collaboration Design Provide input on benchmarks, indicators, recommendations, scoring, and the self-assessment tool. Pilot online tools and share insight. Scale Organizations that provide communications channels to engage members. Create structure and content for national community of practice. Support Provide funding or other resources to support local communities or engaged organizations. NTIAs Commitment Develop online assessment tool. Facilitate engagement and implementation. Leverage existing federal programs and resources to support community broadband projects.

9 Timeline Dates are by calendar year 10 Community Benefits Aligns broadband plans with community objectives. Streamlines broadband planning and actions. Provides measures for local comparisons. Builds the case for broadband and strengthening community support.

Codifies best-practices and national benchmarks for local use. Facilitates access to a national community of practice. Creates expanded aggregated data to inform policies and practices. Design Principles Benchmarks: Goals for community connectivity Indicators: Amplify and delineate goals Attributes: Measures that can be answered yes/no, number Framework benefits from broad engagement/input

Progressive but not prescriptive Balance aspiration with the practicality Neutral on technology and business model Relevant for different community types and sizes Note difference between and outputs Leverage existing data sources to jumpstart planning Provide flexible assessment paths Connectivity Initiative Workshops and Plenaries SHLB Annual Conference Grand Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia Thursday, April 28 9:45-noon view/2016-SHLB-AnnualConference- NDIA NetInclusion 2016 Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

Thursday, May 19, 2:00 3:15 http:// netinclusion2016/ BroadbandUSA Connectivity Webinas April 12, 2:00 3:00 ET other-publication/2016/ nwcommunityinitiativeworkshop For More Information BroadbandUSA Community Connectivity Initiative NTIA Launches Community Connectivity Initiative with Backing from Major Community Groups

Email [email protected] Include your name, organization and phone Indicate any specific interests beyond being added to Connectivity Initiative communications Call or write: Laura Spining [email protected] (202) 482-5637 Karen Perry [email protected] (206) 861-6043 Jean Rice [email protected] (202-482-2614

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