Meeting Materials | About the Task Force
Chair: Rich Sve (Lake)
AMC Policy Analyst: Emily Murray
The Broadband Task Force began in 2014 because AMC supports identifying and implementing actions to achieve the goal of statewide deployment of advanced broadband networks and symmetrical high-speed capacity by the year 2020. This subcommittee discusses broadband issues in-depth and then makes recommendations to the larger Transportation & Infrastructure Policy Committee because the association supports initiatives that make it easier for counties, cities, municipal utilities, schools, libraries, and other public sector entities to collaborate and deploy broadband infrastructure and services at the local and regional level.
- Identify broadband development needs and concerns as they relate to counties and county government.
- Identify, review and provide analysis of current state and federal broadband policies and resources.
- Develop and recommend state and federal broadband policies for inclusion in the AMC Platform to the appropriate policy committee or the AMC Board of Directors.
Membership: Open to any interested AMC member.
Meetings: Meets in person at the Legislative Conference, Policy Conference, and Annual Conference (no reimbursement for travel or per diem). All other meetings by phone and/or Go-To-Meeting as needed.
September 14, 2017 | AMC Fall Policy Conference, Breezy Point
December 4, 2016 | AMC Annual Conference, Minneapolis
September 15, 2016 | AMC Fall Policy Conference, Alexandria
Agenda | Minutes
December 6, 2015 - AMC Annual Conference, St. Cloud
Agenda | Minutes
March 4, 2015 - Joint Legislative Conference, St. Paul
Agenda | Minutes
- The Community Broadband Assessment Tool can help local leaders investigate, consider, understand and discuss the state of the community’s broadband infrastructure and services. This tool incorporates measures of broadband speed, ubiquity, competition, redundancy and partnership. In many areas, community broadband consideration has moved beyond the city limits to the community’s market area or to individual townships, the entire county or tribal reservation. This tool allows analysis at any geography, recognizing that larger geographies are likely to have wide variations in broadband availability.
This tool has two primary purposes:
- To let communities get a feel for where they stand with regard to their broadband infrastructure and services; and
- To provide a tool that will allow us to aggregate this data for use in our messaging efforts at the Capitol.
It is recommended that you print a copy of the assessmentfor use as a worksheet prior to completing the assessment online. The tool has three sections: “in-town”, “rural countryside” and “provider partnerships.” You can print the assessment out from this page to review, gather data and discuss, then complete the assessment online. The tool is flexible for people to use as they desire. Increasingly, we are seeing broadband initiatives being organized at the county level, but also see activity at the city or township level. This tool can be completed by cities, counties, or townships. Multiple assessments could be completed within one county, independently of each other or collaboratively.
- Office of Broadband Development
- Broadband Grant Program FAQs
- Blandin Broadband Resources
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