Attendees Steve Peters, Oris Friesen, Henry Goldberg, Mark Goldstein, Nan Williams, Karen Ziegler, Bill Bolin, John Lucas, Jay Schlum.
Purpose of The Broadband Stakeholder Network Steve explained that the purpose of the proposed ATIC Arizona Broadband Stakeholder Network is to facilitate collaboration, coordination, information sharing and communication among key public, private and nonprofit stakeholders committed to promoting the expansion of broadband deployment in Arizona. The Network may also lead to collaborative projects, development of joint grant applications, sharing of funding and other resources, aggregation of demand at the state and local level, policy discussions, etc. This is an all-volunteer initiative currently, and Steve stated he needs help to conduct this effort.
Jay said it sounds like an effort to bring people together and then possibly bring projects to the attention of ATIC. Mark said we should continue convening the partnership strategy working group activity, although Henry and Oris suggested this should be done only if there is a need to convene this working group. Steve concurred saying that we don't need to cover the same topics at the Broadband Stakeholder Network, the Partnerships Working Group, and ATIC Board Meetings because there would be too much duplication, and this was agreed on.
Henry said we should aim to establish projects that enable rural Arizona broadband infrastructure deployment as soon as possible after initiating the Broadband Stakeholder Network roundtables.
Karen said we ought to align this ATIC Broadband Stakeholder Network activity with the state government broadband effort, which after acceptance of the State Broadband Strategic Plan is now a breakthrough project of the Governor’s Goal Council 2. Ben Blink is the project leader. Three topic areas they are focusing on include reducing regulatory barriers and rights-of-way issues, coordinating and supporting local leaders in broadband deployment, and providing grant-writing assistance for rural areas, including leveraging federal resources. Karen continues to be involved in this effort as are a number of representatives from state agencies. Karen said the Strategic Plan derived rural stakeholders views in its initial focus groups, and would like to get feedback from these stakeholders on what the state government is proposing to do next. She suggested ATIC could help facilitate these Phase II discussions with rural broadband stakeholders.
Steve said this is an example of the kind of information that this stakeholder group could disseminate to a wider Arizona audience.
Steve added the roundtables should be done as a combination of in-person attendees and remote online participants. Karen commented some rural areas do not have the technology or broadband to join meetings electronically. Steve said that Zoom answers some of these issues and such teleconferences can be done on cell phones.
Building and Managing Network Constituency List Steve stated we need a mechanism such as a CRM to effectively manage communications with Broadband Stakeholder Network participants. Karen said her state government department recently purchased a CRM package that we may be able to use, and Bonnie Maney has a list of rural participants in the State Broadband Strategic Plan focus groups she could provide to us. Jay suggested we meet offline to discuss CRM options. Broadband Stakeholder Network Website
Steve has constructed a preliminary website for the Broadband Stakeholder Network, and this will include updates on progress. Henry said we should put up the State Broadband Strategic Plan as well as documents from Milan Eaton/Mala Muralidharan on progress on E-Rate Modernization grants for rural schools and libraries on the website. Henry also said we should post the ATIC Template of Assets and List of Accomplishments documents, probably as PDFs, under the ATIC section of the website – Oris will send those two documents to Steve for posting.
Planning First Network Roundtable Mark said the Roundtables would be a way of replacing some of the quarterly telecommunications & information technology policy meetings that ATIC used to hold, and it should be a logistically simple thing to host. Steve proposed having another leadership meeting to plan details of the initial roundtable: the agenda, date, and location. Steve suggested the topic for the initial roundtable might be: Karen summarizing the current situation with the State Government Broadband Project and Milan Eaton summarizing the current situation with the E-rate Modernization Program grant applications. Mark said the CRM meeting should include Mala for the ATIC website integration discussion as well as Steve, Mark, Oris, Jay and Henry.