You Might Try Forming a Broadband Task Force or a StateBroadband Leadership Council
In California, state leadership made all the difference. We were lucky in thatwe had a rare convergence of leadership on broadband in the Governor’sOffice, the state Legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission. Icannot emphasize enough how much that leadership made all the difference.So you need to find some champions in those places to help you makebroadband happen in your rural areas.In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger formed a blue ribbon Broadband TaskForce in 2006 to make recommendations to him on how to improvebroadband in the state. He was our own action hero! His Hollywood rootsled him to understand our broadband pipes were inadequate for the workthat major studios needed to do around the world. He felt it was critical toeconomic development. Like schools and freeways, broadband wasinfrastructure that had been not keeping pace with other global economies.I was privileged to serve on that Task Force, and to be one of the stateofficials charged with implementing those recommendations in the last fouryears, both at the California PUC and then at the Office of the CIO. Under the Task Force, California issued two reports on what to do about broadband.Our reports are on the Office of the CIO, State of California website, and Iurge you to read them, as they are chock full of very good recommendationsand ideas. When the FCC wrote the National Broadband Plan, I am told theywere all required to read the California Task Force report as a starting point. The great thing about the Task Force Report is it put focus on the problemand united leaders in the state to try and solve it. Then the Governorassigned implementation of the report’s recommendations to particular stateagencies, and ordered us to get it done.Recently, a bill (SB 1462 - Padilla) was passed to create a CaliforniaBroadband Council. It establishes in state government a council to maximizeCalifornia’s opportunities for federal funds under the new NationalBroadband Plan released by the FCC, to increase coordination in BBdeployment and adoption by state agencies. It brings together secretaries of key state agencies, the public utilities commission, the legislature, theGovernor’s Office, and the CETF president. This is another path to creatingstate leadership.
You Want to Be Sure To Do Your Broadband Mapping
One of the things the Task Force did in 2007 was to perform the State’s firstevery broadband mapping. We learned about mapping from Connect