This is allowing the state to fully integrate broadband planning into state activities for the full 5 years of the project.
With about 65% of the award funding broadband mapping and related data gathering, State-wide broadband planning efforts will have a sure foundation of demographics, and broadband related data to call upon.
Staff will support the new broadband advisory council, complete a statewide strategic plan, and engage in research and policy planning for key issues such as rights-of- way (ROW), permitting, and state universal service fund opportunities.
In partnership with the Arizona Telecommunications Information Institute (ATIC) and numerous community colleges that provide small business development assistance, ASET/DOA will convene regional events that disseminate broadband availability and policy information to small businesses and local governments.
ASET/DOA’s support to local governments will focus on ROW, permitting, and intra-government broadband coordination efforts. The project’s support for small businesses will be provided by incorporating broadband-related technical assistance for communities, or assisting with broadband based small business development programs through the intern programs managed by selected rural community colleges throughout the state.
This project was originally funded for broadband planning activities and 2 years of data collection. In September of 2010, this project was amended to extend data collection activities for an additional 3 years and to identify and implement best practices.