Making Saint Paul a Gigabyte City

Terri Thao
by Terri Thao | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

True high speed Internet service supports innovation, education, jobs and global competitiveness. As a Gigabyte city, Saint Paul would offer affordable high speed Internet access to even the playing field for all who live, play and work in Saint Paul.

A GigaByte city offers one-gigabit-per-second Internet access to all residents and businesses. At 100 times the average US speed, Gigabyte service opens the door to unimagined ways of learning and conducting business.

At the 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski challenged the Mayors to establish a Gigabyte community in each state by 2015 to accelerate the creation of innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds.

There are currently no Gigabyte cities in Minnesota. To achieve gigabyte service, forces need to align to change public policy, remove barriers and secure public and private investment. We propose that the challenge funds be used to build the policy and investment framework for making Saint Paul a Gigabyte City.

Incumbent telecommunication providers are not likely to make this happen on their own. Lack of competition creates no incentive for them to invest in affordable high speed service. Each of the Gigabyte Cities in the United States has begun with a robust community conversation regarding broadband and developed a model that received broad community support. They have developed a variety of business models and funding mechanisms to build their ultra-high-speed networks.

We propose to use the Forever Saint Paul challenge to drive that conversation. It will:
• Identify a broad coalition of partners from the private and public sectors to champion this effort.
• Hire community engagement expertise to build greater community ownership of the Gigabyte City.
• Hire expertise to identify funding models and strategy for ultra-high-speed broadband that is sustainable, does not rely on public investment, and ensures all residents can get access.

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Terri

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Thao

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Making Saint Paul a Gigabyte City

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

True high speed Internet service supports innovation, education, jobs and global competitiveness. As a Gigabyte city, Saint Paul would offer affordable high speed Internet access to even the playing field for all who live, play and work in Saint Paul.
A GigaByte city offers one-gigabit-per-second Internet access to all residents and businesses. At 100 times the average US speed, Gigabyte service opens the door to unimagined ways of learning and conducting business.
At the 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski challenged the Mayors to establish a Gigabyte community in each state by 2015 to accelerate the creation of innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds.
There are currently no Gigabyte cities in Minnesota. To achieve gigabyte service, forces need to align to change public policy, remove barriers and secure public and private investment. We propose that the challenge funds be used to build the policy and investment framework for making Saint Paul a Gigabyte City.
Incumbent telecommunication providers are not likely to make this happen on their own. Lack of competition creates no incentive for them to invest in affordable high speed service. Each of the Gigabyte Cities in the United States has begun with a robust community conversation regarding broadband and developed a model that received broad community support. They have developed a variety of business models and funding mechanisms to build their ultra-high-speed networks.
We propose to use the Forever Saint Paul challenge to drive that conversation. It will:
• Identify a broad coalition of partners from the private and public sectors to champion this effort.
• Hire community engagement expertise to build greater community ownership of the Gigabyte City.
• Hire expertise to identify funding models and strategy for ultra-high-speed broadband that is sustainable, does not rely on public investment, and ensures all residents can get access.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The FCC’s 2010 Broadband Plan tells us “Broadband is a platform to create today’s high-performance America—an America of universal opportunity and unceasing innovation, an America that can continue to lead the global economy.” Substitute Saint Paul for America. This is our chance to truly revitalize our city for decades to come. At gigabyte speeds, connections can handle multiple streams of large-format, high-definition content like online video calls, movies, and immersive educational experiences. Networks cease to be hurdles to applications, so it no longer matters whether medical data, high-definition video, or online services are the in the same building or miles away across the state.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Schools, businesses, healthcare facilities and government agencies and are becoming increasingly reliant on high speed Internet connections to conduct their day to day work. The infrastructure in Saint Paul- and in most cities in the United States- has not kept up. At the same time, cities across Europe and Asia already have ultra-high speed Internet access. By establishing Saint Paul as a Gigabyte city, it will close the digital divide and allow us to compete in digital accessibility on a global basis.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The outcome of this project will be a plan to fund, construct and operate a Gigabyte network that can provide affordable high quality Internet service to every address in the city. It will have impacted everyone from all backgrounds and economic statuses who live in St. Paul because they will see the added value that a Gigabyte city brings to our professional and personal lives. Another indicator of success for this project is if other cities in Minnesota, or across the country continue to advocate and build their own Gigabyte cities.

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