1. History of Broadband Planning in Lincoln County
2.Lincoln County Economic Development Strategy
3. Survey Tool for Libraries
4. Survey Tool for Government
5. Survey Tool for Medical Facilities
6. Survey Tool for Broadband Service Providers
7. FCC Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Map
8. FCC Comment – Docket No. 10-90
9. Lincoln County Broadband Infrastructure Map
10. Survey Tool for Business
11. Business Assessment Press Release
12. Survey Tool for Superintendents
13. Student Business Plan Competition Press Release
14. Student Business Plan Competition Photo
15. Survey Tool for Public Utility Districts
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LOCAL TECHNOLOGY PLANNING TEAM BEGINS GRANT WORK
(Davenport, WA, July 12, 2013.) The County’s newly formed Local Technology Planning Team (LTPT) met on July 1 to begin formal broadband planning under a grant from the Washington State Broadband Office (WSBO.)
Will Saunders, Broadband Program & Policy Director for WSBO, joined the meeting from Olympia via Skype to congratulate them on their award and to talk to them about broadband planning on a statewide basis. The remainder of the meeting was facilitated by consultant Monica Babine of WSU’s Digital Initiatives Program and Margie Hall, Director of the Lincoln County EDC.
The team reviewed the County’s broadband planning efforts to date and discussed the timeline for achieving the goals and objectives committed under the grant. The first goals to be tackled are the evaluation of the PUD as a middle mile provider and the survey of our businesses to identify what they need from broadband in order to thrive.
The core team includes representatives from the County, WSBO, the EDC, PUD Commissioners, our public libraries, NoaNet and local utility providers. More participants will be asked to assist with individual goals as the project progresses.
County Awarded Broadband Planning Grant
(Davenport, WA, May 17, 2013.) Lincoln County has been selected by the Washington State Department of Commerce to receive a $26,880 Local Technology Planning Team grant. The proposal, a collaboration between the County, the Lincoln County EDC and Monica Babine of WSU’s Digital Initiatives program, scored in the top five of 13 applications representing 14 counties and 13 tribes. The Local Technology Planning Team (LTPT) grant program awards funds to projects that best address broadband deployment or adoption.
The planning grant will be used to inventory the county’s existing telecommunication providers and services; map existing telecommunication infrastructure; survey anchor institutions, businesses, and parents of school-aged children to identify what they need from broadband in order to thrive; and to evaluate the benefit, if any, of using the Lincoln County PUD to build out and manage middle-mile infrastructure.
This planning project provides a direct link to the objectives included in the County’s Economic Development Strategy and the Economic Development Council, authors of the strategy, will partner with the County on the grant. Others who have committed time to the project include School Superintendents, PUD Commissioners, Mayors, Librarians and Utility Providers.
HISTORY OF BROADBAND PLANNING IN LINCOLN COUNTY
In 2010, Lincoln County learned that new high-speed broadband fiber was coming. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) had funded the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to expand access to broadband services. That program had awarded grant money to Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) to bring high-speed broadband fiber to rural counties in Washington. We were on the list of counties to receive the fiber – a $5 million investment in Lincoln County alone. The fiber news set off a series of events that are summarized below.
- The EDC was working with the Department of Commerce Information Services on a national broadband mapping project when the news broke about NoaNet’s grant award.
- Lincoln County Commissioners and their Information Services & Public Works Departments worked with NoaNet so that their fiber installation was not problematic.
- A Community Forum with Michael Henson of NoaNet was held to introduce the project to the public.
- The EDC hosted a regional Broadband Roundtable & NoaNet Project Launch in Davenport.
- A NoaNet Project roundtable for Commissioners, Mayors and Public Works was held to facilitate communication throughout the install.
- The County’s Librarians and the EDC began working with the Washington State Library to plan for their new fiber connections.
- Lincoln County and NoaNet signed mutual inter-local agreements to locate NoaNet’s fiber optic hub in the County’s datacenter in Davenport.
- The County & the EDC partnered on an application for the first round of LTPT grants, but were not awarded.
- The Lincoln County PUD joined the broadband discussion.
- The County’s Economic Development Strategy was adopted and included Broadband Expansion as a planned infrastructure investment. Establishing a Broadband Planning Team and Implementing a Broadband Expansion Plan were included in the action plan. The County’s Comprehensive Plan will also incorporate those strategies.
- NoaNet expanded their connections beyond original anchor institutions.
- The County moved forward with broadband planning by holding a workshop facilitated by Monica Babine.
- The County and the EDC partnered on an application for the second round of LTPT grants and were awarded.