the New West Denver
Global Telematics Seattle
El Pomar Foundation Colorado Springs
State Governments - West
National Association of State Telecommunications Directors
Utah League of Cities and Towns
Center for Civic Networking
FARNET, Inc -- States Inventory Project
Colorado Rural Development Council
New Telecom Quarterly
ICG Telecom Group
U S WEST Communications
America West Airlines
Arizona Public Service Company
Phelps Dodge Corporation
November 19 Day 1 (evening, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.): Framing the Issue
Reception and Dinner
Community and Government Networks: Visionary Leadership or Mission Creep? by John Niles, President, Global Telematics, Seattle.
This presentation framed the topic by distinguishing the issue of government infrastructure networks with facility ownership from the community networking movement emphasizing web site content and applications. Also covered the ongoing migration from POTS to PANS, including the growing proportion of traffic moving from circuit-switched voice networks to packet-switched data networks. A framework for considering the issues was presented.
November 20 Day 2 (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.):
The day was made up of presentations to frame the issues, intermixed with discussion.
State and Sub-State Regional Strategies
1. ICN, Iowa
Communications Network, a State of Iowa government-owned and operated fiber
David Roederer, Economic Development Coordinator, Iowa State University; Former Chief of Staff to the Governor
2. State of Utah Electronic Highway, a government-sponsored
"telecommunications partnering" approach to statewide infrastructure
development. See also SmartUTAH.
Gordon Peterson, Chief Information Officer, State of Utah
3. "Do you want grass, cows,
milk, or cheese?"
Kevin Taylor, General Manager for Local Markets, U S WEST Communications.
4. "Any Way they Can" -- Oregon's experience with
three collaborative models to bring fiber optic infrastructure to rural regions by
leveraging massive telecommunications investments. The first was a cooperative formed by a
utility district, local government and private consultants to exploit easements along the
Oregon coast. The second was a demand aggregation process that caused a six million dollar
investment in fiber over 83 miles to a remote community. The third idea used a critical
function of state government to motivate installation of fiber 110 miles into Eastern
Oregon. Online version of this presentation.
Jeff Ritter, Telecommunications Specialist, Oregon Economic Development Department
5. Other State Government telecommunications network
deployment trends, and their relationship to rural telecommunications development policy.
Bruce Egan, Executive Vice President, INDETEC International; Affiliated Research Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI).
1. Municipal electric power utilities leading the way in
using energy management as a first step in a cooperative strategy for building a
ubiquitous broadband network; e.g., City of Tacoma, WA.
Steve Rivkin, Attorney at Law, Washington, DC; Author, Positioning the Electric Utility to Build Information Infrastructure, U.S. Dept. of Energy Research Report.
2. How some local governments are coordinating multiple
private providers in the new competitive environment. (Presentation deferred; summary
written version in the record.)
Walter Bobkiewicz, Telecommunications Director, City of Long Beach, California.
3. Overview of local government network construction and
operation from a local government telecommunications planning and public interest
Brenda Trainor, Board Member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA); Senior Vice President, Media Connections Group; former Telecommunications Manager, Clark County, Nevada.
4. Public right-of-way as an asset; as a leverage point in
government negotiations with private sector incumbent and new competitive
Paul Morris, City Attorney, West Valley, Utah; Chair, Telecom Task Force of Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Cross Cutting Issues
1. Non-tax revenues, use of bonds, "buy v. lease" and other government finance issues (deferred item).
2. Constitutional issues in government ownership of telecommunications networks (deferred item).
3. Reacting flexibly to technological change, including new
copper and wireless ways to deliver broadband services. An industry overview of what's
Joe Glynn, Director, Product Marketing, Megabit Services, U S WEST Communications.
4. Can state and local government broadband infrastructure
investment boost the digital economy through network externalities that are otherwise
unavailable, similar to the way that Federal investment in the nationwide Internet
backbone is claimed to have done?
Richard Civille, Executive Director, Center for Civic Networking
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