About the Project

The Broadband Outreach and Strategic Planning Project is part of the State Broadband Data and Development Program. This Oregon project has been funded with a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and is being implemented by Business Oregon.

Project Scope

The project facilitated and supported the development of eight plans in communities around the state that seek to advance the individual community's goals through the increased adoption of broadband services and the increased utilization of broadband-enabled applications.

Project Activities

Develop a Broadband Strategic Planning Process Template for use by Oregon communities. The template will:

  • identify and incorporate best practices from around the state and country
  • incorporate elements of the National Broadband Plan
  • develop a broadband strategic planning process that is both structured and flexible
  • measure outcomes

Engage Oregon communities: community and business leaders, elected officials and tribal governments. RFPs were issued to invite communities to participate in the project. A total of eight communities were selected.

Train the eight selected communities. A project team (project manager, administrative assistant and trainers) trained and provided technical assistance on the planning process template, project organization and the development of strategic plans.

Produce eight community broadband strategic plans to support and accelerate broadband adoption and utilization.

Outcomes and Benefits

  • Increase rates of broadband adoption and utilization
  • Build a model for 21st Century information-age communities (i.e., communities that make a conscious effort to use information technology to transform life and work within its region in significant and fundamental ways)
  • Build community-wide collaboration and cooperation toward improved access to broadband solutions, improved and focused economic and community development strategies employing telecommunications as a strategic tool and increased access to higher wage employment opportunities
  • Create strategic plans for achieving increased adoption and utilization of broadband across Oregon
  • Expand employment opportunities through broadband adoption and utilization
    • provide avenues for entrepreneurial activities that may lead to self-sustaining employment
    • Access employment opportunities on a broader scale (regional, state or national)
    • Initiate and support training to upgrade information technology and communications skills and improve employability through cross training
    • Support distance learning with broadband capabilities
  • Assist the Broadband Advisory Council in its preparation of planning and policy recommendations to the Legislature and Governor
  • Realize economic benefits from the adoption and utilization of broadband, including:
    • increased e-commerce
    • telework/telecommuting
    • increased consumption of broadband delivered content
    • Internet telephony
    • savings in healthcare as a result of increased use of telemedicine/telehealth

Community Involvement

The project team provided training and support to local project leaders for the selected communities. Local organizations and community leaders collaborated in the process as partners with the project team.

Local participants included key sectors in the process:

  • education
  • government
  • public safety
  • libraries
  • health care
  • business
  • residents

Outcomes will be monitored.