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THANK YOU.

WELCOME AND HAPPY NEW YEAR COMMISSIONER.

WHY NOT? UM, LET'S GO AHEAD AND JUMP IN.

UH, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS NEHEMIAH PITS.

THE THIRD I'M THE CHAIR OF ACUITY TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

AND I'M

[CALL TO ORDER]

CALLING TO ORDER OUR REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING HERE TODAY, JANUARY THE 13TH, UH, 2021.

AND, UH, I'LL GO AHEAD AND DO A ROLL CALL BASED ON EVERYONE THAT I SEE HERE IN ATTENDANCE BY NAME.

UH, I JUST SPOKE WITH COMMISSIONER SHELL REINHARDT.

I'M ALSO JOINED BY COMMISSIONERS IN ORDER HERE, UH, ON THE AGENDA, AT LEAST AFTER COMMISSIONER REINHART, WE HAVE A COMMISSIONER MALCOLM MEATS.

WE HAVE COMMISSIONER DAVE FLOYD.

WE HAVE COMMISSIONER SUMIT DASGUPTA AND WE HAVE COMMISSIONER NICOLE THOMPSON.

AND WITH THAT, THEN WE ARE CALLED TO ORDER.

WE'LL BEGIN OUR MEETING WITH CITIZEN COMMUNICATION AT THIS TIME.

NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP, SO THAT'LL BE A QUICK AGENDA ITEM

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – December 9, 2020 ]

AND WE'LL PROCEED TO THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

DENIED ONE.

UH, THESE ARE FROM OUR MEETING THAT WAS HELD DECEMBER THE NINTH.

UH, WE WILL ALL RECEIVE THOSE IN OUR INBOXES.

SO IF YOU COULD PLEASE TAKE A QUICK LOOK AND THEN I'LL ENTERTAIN MOTIONS TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OR ANY CHANGES THAT LEADS ME.

SO I, I READ IT ALREADY.

SO I MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES BY COMMISSIONER DASGUPTA.

IF I HAVE A SECOND, THEN WE CAN HOLD A VOTE.

UH, THIS IS MALCOLM PHI.

SECOND, THE MOTION.

OKAY.

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER MALCOLM GATES.

UH, WITH THAT, THEN WE'LL GO AHEAD AND DO A VERBAL ROLL CALL VOTE ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED, PLEASE SAY AYE, AND RAISE YOUR HAND OPPOSED AND ABSTAINING.

OKAY.

WITH THAT.

THEN THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED, NANO SPOKE SIX ZERO, AND

[2.a. Presentation on ConnectionText ATX (City of Austin: John Speirs and Anilya Krishnan; SpeedUpAmerica: Alexandra Corvello and Matt Sayre) ]

THAT TAKES US TO THEN THE ITEM TWO STAFF AND COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS, UH, TO A, TO BEGIN WITH A PRESENTATION ON CONNECTION TEXT ATX BY, UH, THE CITY OF BOSTON'S, UH, JOHN SPHERES PROGRAM MANAGER AND AMELIA KRISHNA, UH, PROGRAM LIAISON, UH, EXCUSE ME.

UH, LISA, UH, VISTA I BELIEVE PROGRAM VISTA IS HER FORMAL TITLE, UM, AND ALSO JOINED BY ALEXANDRA CARVELLO OR AVEO.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY.

I CAN ASK THAT ALEXANDRA, UH, AND, AND THAT SAYER WILL SPEAK UP AMERICA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING TIRPITZ.

THANK YOU.

UM, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THIS ITEM.

THIS ITEM IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE COMMISSION'S COMMITMENT TO DIGITAL EQUITY.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE COMMISSION ENGAGED A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING BACK ON OCTOBER 9TH OF 2020 FOCUSED ON DIGITAL EQUITY.

AND THAT MEETING INCLUDED A VARIETY OF RESIDENTS, INCLUDING, UH, THAT RECEIVED, UH, A VARIETY OF RESIDENTS THAT IS THAT RECEIVED SERVICES, UM, POLICY MAKERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF LOCAL NONPROFITS.

AS WE ALL KNOW, THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS UNNECESSARILY ELEVATED THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCH CONVERSATIONS AROUND DIGITAL EQUITY AND THE CONVENING ENABLED THE OPPORTUNITY TO DIRECTLY COMMUNICATE THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF RESIDENTS AND THE PERSISTENT CHALLENGES WITH ACCESSING INTERNET ENABLED DEVICES AND EQUITABLE BROADBAND INTERNET.

THE ACCOUNTS REALLY PROVIDED CHALLENGE DATA POINTS FOR CATALOGING AND POTENTIAL RESOLUTION.

SOME OF THE DATA POINTS INCLUDE, UM, THE LACK OF GEOGRAPHICALLY EQUITABLE BROADBAND AND SUFFICIENT THOUGHTSPOT BANDWIDTH FOR COMMON SHARE WIFI ACCESS SCENARIOS, UM, AND LACK OF, UH, SUPPORT FOR THOSE POPULATIONS THAT EXPERIENCE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.

THE FINDINGS OF THIS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING ENABLED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMISSION TO FURTHER DISCUSS THOSE FINDINGS AND, UH, ADOPT THE SPECIAL REPORT ON DIGITAL EQUITY, WHICH IS LINKED ON THE COMMISSION'S WEBSITE, AS WELL AS THE OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATORY FERRIS WEBSITE.

THIS PRESENTATION TODAY WILL RESPOND TO THE LACK OF

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GEOGRAPHICALLY EQUITABLE BROADBAND, AND SOME OF THE INITIAL STEPS THAT THE CITY AND ITS PARTNERS AND THE COMMUNITY WILL ENGAGE IN.

AND TO INTRODUCE THIS ITEM, EMILIA KRISHAUN, THE AMERICORPS VISTA AND OUR OFFICE WILL INTRODUCE THE ITEM AND THE TEAM HERE TO REPRESENT THE PROJECT.

YEAH.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO JOHN FOR THAT INTRODUCTION.

UM, SO WE'LL BE GIVING JUST A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ONTO OUR CURRENT STEPS WITH CONNECTION TEST ATX AND WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO YEAH, HERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND AND THE PURPOSE BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE.

UM, SO CONNECTION TESTS ATX WILL BE A SPEED TEST THAT AUSTIN RESIDENTS CAN UTILIZE VIA SPEED UP AMERICA'S PLATFORM.

AND THIS TOOL WILL SURVEY RESPONDENTS VIA WIRELESS AND WIRELINE CONNECTIONS TO TEST THEIR SPEED, BUT THEIR UPLOAD AND DOWNLOAD SPEED, UM, AS WELL AS THEIR ADVERTISED TO BE THAT THEY'RE PAYING FOR INTERNET SERVICE.

UM, AND THIS DATA CAN BE MAPPED TO A CENSUS BLOCK USING AN HTML CODE BY ENTERING AN ADDRESS OR BY USING BROWSER LOCATION, EASING GATEWAY CODE.

UM, AND THIS TOOL CONNECTION TEST ATX WILL WORK IN TANDEM WITH OTHER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES FROM THE CITY TO GENERATE INPUT, TO SUPPORT AUSTIN'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE UPCOMING STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THIS SPRING.

AND THIS TOOL WILL ALSO HELP THE CITY TO ADVANCE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF STUDENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS NEEDS, UM, AS WELL TO ADVANCE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIFIC TO DIGITAL ACCESS NEEDS.

UM, SO CURRENTLY WHERE WE ARE IN THIS PROCESS, UM, IS WE ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO GALVANIZE SOME COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT, UM, TO GET THIS PLATFORM UP AND RUNNING.

SO OUR NEXT INCURRENT STEP THAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW IS REACHING OUT TO SOME DIFFERENT COMMUNITY AND CIVIC HACKER NETWORKS TO DEVELOP A TECHNICAL FRAMEWORK FOR CODING THE TOOL.

UM, SO THERE'S JUST A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND AS WELL AS WHAT JOHN ADDED, UM, I'M INTO THE PURPOSE OF THIS INITIATIVE.

UM, BUT NOW I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MATT AND ALEXANDRA FROM SPEEDUP AMERICA, AND THEY CAN GIVE Y'ALL A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THE TECH NICKEL SIDE OF THIS, AS WELL AS SOME SUCCESS STORIES THAT THEY'VE HAD AS WELL.

UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I THINK WE'RE READY FOR THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, MAYBE.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, I'M NOT SAYING HERE, AND I'M HERE WITH ALEXANDRA CARVELLO, WE'RE BOTH VOLUNTEERS IN SUPPORT OF SPEED UP AMERICA, AND WE'RE BASED IN EUGENE, OREGON.

SOME PEOPLE CALL OUR NECK OF THE WOODS, THE SILICON SHIRE, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE BEING INVITED HERE BY AMELIA JOHN AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

I THINK WE HAVE, UH, JUST UNDER 10 SLIDES, MAYBE SEVEN SLIDES AND, UH, 10 MINUTES OF AGENDA TIME.

SO I'LL JUST MOVE THROUGH THIS, UH, QUICKLY.

AND, AND IF THERE'S TIME FOR QUESTIONS, WE'RE HAPPY TO FEEL THOSE SPEED UP AMERICA IS AN OPEN SOURCE TOOL CODES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND OUT ON GET HUB.

AND IT FACILITATES INDEPENDENT CROWDSOURCED INTERNET TESTS AND COMBINES THAT INFORMATION WITH GEO LOCATION TECHNOLOGY AND REPORTING CAPABILITIES.

SO IT'S REALLY THE COMBINATION OF THOSE THREE CORE CAPABILITIES THAT MAKES IT FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COMMERCIAL SPEED TESTS THAT ARE OUT THERE.

SO IT NOT ONLY HAS THE SPEED TEST CAPABILITY.

IT ALSO CAN PUT THAT TO THE TEST ON A MAP AND THEN IN ONE CLICK, UH, EXPORT IT AS A REPORT.

SO THIS IS A TOOL THAT COMMUNITIES CAN LEVERAGE AS PART OF THEIR EXISTING DIGITAL INCLUSION EFFORTS TO AFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE.

AND THE GOAL OF SPEED UP AMERICA IS REALLY TO PROVIDE ON THE GROUND TRUTH ABOUT THE INTERNET ACROSS AMERICA.

THE BROADBAND MAPS, UH, THAT ARE OFFERED, PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY, REAL INTERNET SPEEDS, RECEIVED ACTUAL PRICES PAID FOR INTERNET SERVICE, AND ALSO THE LEVEL OF SERVICE EXPERIENCE BY CONSUMERS.

SO TAKEN TOGETHER THIS INFORMATION HELPS GUIDE, UH, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENTS AND INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE PLACES THAT NEED THEM THE MOST.

AND WE ALSO SEE THIS GRASSROOTS APPROACH AS POTENTIALLY A BETTER SOLUTION TO NATIONAL BROADBAND MAPPING THAN WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING USED BY THE FCC IS LARGELY BASED ON REPORTED SPEEDS BY INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS.

UH, THIS IS A NEWER TECHNOLOGY, BUT DOES DATE BACK A FEW YEARS.

AND THE CONCEPT, UH, WAS ORIGINALLY SORT OF BROUGHT TOGETHER AT A HACKATHON IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON.

AND THEN THE CODE WAS LATER FURTHER DEVELOPED BY A STARTUP COMPANY, UH, CALLED POWER UP LABS IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, AND THEN ULTIMATELY PURCHASED BY THE CITY OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, AND OPEN SOURCE TO THE PUBLIC.

AND THAT'S WHERE ALEXANDRA AND I SORT OF COME INTO THE STORY.

SO ALL OF THE CODE FOR THIS TOOL IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IS FURTHERED

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BY VOLUNTEERS, SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, AND EUGENE SCALE.

IT, UH, ON THE AMAZON WEB SERVICES PLATFORM EXPANDED THE MAP OR ALL OF OREGON LATER WASHINGTON, AND THEN IDAHO SIMILARLY COULD BE DONE FOR TEXAS AND ALEXANDRA.

AND I ARE HERE TODAY TO SEE IF ANYONE WANTS TO CHAMPION THIS EFFORT FOR AUSTIN AND, UH, PERHAPS ALL OF TEXAS.

AND WE'VE BEEN REALLY EXCITED BY THE LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT THAT WE'VE RECEIVED FROM FOLKS IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS SO FAR.

SO WE KEEP COMING BACK AND, AND, UH, THIS IS JUST A REALLY FUN CONVERSATION TO HAVE, UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YEAH.

SO JUST A QUICK REMINDER ABOUT WHY THIS CONVERSATION MATTERS.

I KNOW I MIGHT BE SPEAKING TO THE CHOIR HERE, BUT IT'S JUST GOOD FOR US ALL TO SORT OF CENTER AROUND THE WHY OF THINGS.

SO BROADBAND MEANS ACCESS TO EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, EMPLOYMENT, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT.

AND WE'RE BROUGHT ME IN DOESN'T EXIST.

THERE IS A INVISIBLE BARRIER TO QUALITY OF LIFE.

SO, UH, IN THE PAST, I'VE GIVEN A LONG FORM OF THIS PRESENTATION, PRE COVID.

UM, AND MOST OF THE SLIDES WERE AIMED AT CONVINCING PEOPLE THAT THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WAS A REAL PROBLEM AND A PROBLEM WORTH ADDRESSING.

I THINK WE ALL HAVE HAD THE SHARED EXPERIENCE OF COVID NOW.

AND, AND I THINK MORE PEOPLE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT, UM, DIGITAL ACCESS IS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HOW BIG OF A PROBLEM ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? UH, IT REALLY DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK.

THE FCC REPORTS THAT 24 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US LACK BROADBAND ACCESS.

SO BROADBAND IS, IS MEASURED SPEED OF 25 MEGABIT DOWN THREE MEGABIT UP AND RECENTLY, UH, A DIFFERENT REPORT CAME OUT ONE FROM SO ONE FROM THE PRIVATE SPEC SECTOR IN THE FALL OF 2019.

AND THAT REPORT SHOWED THAT IT WASN'T 24 MILLION AMERICANS THAT LACK BROADBAND ACCESS.

IT WAS ACTUALLY 162 MILLION.

SO HALF OF THE U S U S POPULATION NOT HAVING ACCESS TO BROADBAND.

SO, UH, WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE IN THIS THIRD REPORT, THIS REPORT, UH, FROM 2020 SHOWS THAT, UH, IN TEXAS SPECIFICALLY, THAT'S, THAT'S THE BAR CHART RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GRAPH.

THERE'S ABOUT A 10, 10% DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THE FCC SAYS, UH, TEXAS HAS IN TERMS OF BROADBAND ACCESS AND HOW MUCH, UH, ONE INDEPENDENT STUDY SHOWED.

SO AT A 10% DIFFERENCE, THE TAKEAWAY HERE IS THAT THE FCC THINKS THAT YOU HAVE MORE BROADBAND ACCESS THAN YOU PROBABLY DO IN TEXAS.

AND THIS MATTERS BECAUSE IT AFFECTS HOW MUCH FEDERAL FUNDING COMES TO YOUR STATE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE TALKED ABOUT THE, WHY NOW THE, HOW, UH, WITHOUT, WITHOUT ACCURATE BASELINE DATA, HOW CAN POLICY MAKERS, COMMUNITIES AND PROVIDERS, UH, DIRECT RESOURCES TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST? HOW CAN WE MOST EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY ADDRESS BROADBAND INEQUITIES SPEED UP AMERICA CAN IDENTIFY DATA DESERTS, ENCOURAGE AND GUIDE INVESTMENT, AND THEN VALIDATE THAT INVESTMENT BY PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY BY QUANTIFYING IMPROVEMENTS.

SO WHAT YOU CAN MEASURE YOU CAN IMPROVE, AND YOU CAN MEASURE IT BEFORE AN INVESTMENT, UH, IN A NEIGHBORHOOD OR GEOGRAPHIC REGION, AND THEN YOU CAN DO THE SAME, UH, ASSESSMENT AFTER THE INVESTMENT HAS BEEN MADE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, SO, UH, WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS, UH, SOME SCREEN CAPTURES AND THE, UH, UH, SORT OF, TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN MORE QUICKLY HERE.

UH, SO I'M JUST GOING TO SHOW YOU, UH, SOME DATA, UH, WHAT YOU SEE THERE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU RECEIVE, UH, A SPEED TEST RESULT.

YOU'RE SHOWING YOUR DOWNLOAD SPEED, YOUR UPLOAD SPEED, WHICH IS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU'RE DOING A BI-DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION.

SO THAT IS TO SAY A TWO-WAY VIDEO CALL THAT UPLOAD SPEED REALLY DOES MATTER, OR IT DIDN'T QUITE MATTER AS MUCH IN THE PAST.

IT'S REALLY COME INTO FOCUS.

AND THEN THE LATENCY, UH, OF YOUR CONNECTION.

THAT'S THE PING RATE ON BELOW, AND THEN A COMPARISON TO HOW YOU, UH, HOW YOUR SPEED TEST RESULT COMPARES TO, UH, OTHER, UH, SPEED TESTS THAT ARE DONE IN YOUR GEOGRAPHIC AREA.

SO TYPICALLY THAT'S, UH, MOST PEOPLE KNOW THE TERM ZIP CODE.

SO THAT'S A GOOD POINT OF REFERENCE.

YOU DRILL DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE, A MORE, YOU CAN GET TO YOUR CENSUS TRACT, AND IF YOU DRILL DOWN EVEN MORE, YOU CAN GET TO YOUR CENSUS BLOCK.

SO THIS TOOL HAS THE CAPABILITY TO GEO LOCATE, BE THE CENSUS BLOCK LEVEL, WHICH IS REALLY HELPFUL INFORMATION TO GUIDE

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POLICY MAKERS.

WE ALSO CAPTURE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRICE PEOPLE PAY, UM, TO MAKE COMPARISONS THERE.

AND THEN ALSO IT'S IMPORTANT TO MEASURE WHAT, UH, PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE GETTING.

SO THAT IS TO SAY WHAT THEY PAY FOR A CERTAIN SET OF SPEEDS, AND THEN WHAT THEY ACTUALLY GET.

SO THAT'S AN INTERESTING CONTRAST, AND THEN A STAR RANKING SYSTEM TO QUALIFY THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF, OF THE SERVICE RECEIVED.

SO, UM, UH, IT'S ONE THING TO TAKE A SPEED TEST, MEASURE YOUR RESULTS, UM, THE ADDED FUNCTIONALITY OF THIS TOOL BEYOND THAT IS AGGREGATED REPORTING.

SO, UM, MAYBE IT'S JUST SOME QUICK COLOR ON THAT.

UM, IF EVERYONE IN AUSTIN WENT TO SPEED UP AMERICA, UH, TOMORROW AND MEASURE THEIR INTERNET SPEEDS, YOU COULD DOWNLOAD THE REPORT THAT VERY SAME DAY.

ANYONE CAN DOWNLOAD THE REPORT AT ANY TIME IT'S FREE, IT'S OPEN SOURCE AND, AND THAT'S SORT OF THE MAGIC OF THIS TOOL IT'S, UM, UH, THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT AND IS AN ADDED TOOL IN THE TOOL BELT OF ANYONE WHO'S DOING DIGITAL INCLUSION WORK.

SO WE'VE HAD REALLY GREAT SUCCESS WITH THIS TOOL AND OREGON IT'S BEEN, UH, USED OR BRAS, RODAN, UH, FEASIBILITY STUDIES OR, UM, INVESTMENTS AROUND THE STATE.

AND, UH, TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE COLOR THERE, I'D LOVE FOR, UH, ALEXANDRA TO UNMUTE AND TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT HOW THIS TOOL HAS BEEN APPLIED SUCCESSFULLY.

THANK YOU, MATT, AND, UH, COMMISSIONER CHEERING COMMISSIONER.

SO SOME EXAMPLES OF, UM, CREATIVE AMERICA AND OREGON IS THAT BEAUTIFUL AMERICA PLAYED A REALLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE OREGON BROADBAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ROBIN DATA COLLECTION THAT WE'LL USE FOR THEIR STRATEGIC PLANNING EFFORTS AROUND STATEWIDE ACCESS TO BROADBAND IN 2020.

AND IT'S NOW BEING USED BY THE COLUMBIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT TO GATHER SURVEY RESULTS, WHICH WILL INFORM THEIR BROADBAND STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE.

THE PLATFORM HAS REALLY HELPED WITH THEIR BROADBAND SURVEY COLLECTION BECAUSE IT HAS ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE ALREADY, AND THEY ARE NOW ABLE TO DO MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO GET THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, TO TAKE THE TEST AND ARE HOARDING THE DATA TO SEE WHAT THE CURRENT LABS AND ACCESS IS AT THAT LEVEL.

AND ADDING THAT WITH CENSUS US CENSUS DATA, HELP THEM FIGURE OUT WHERE THE GAPS ARE.

AND ON A LEVEL FOR US, JEAN, AS PART OF LANE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORT AROUND FRONT-END ASSETS, WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING MORE DATA POINTS IN OUR AREA.

AND STATE OF AMERICA HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT IN HELPING US WITH THAT.

WE HAVE BEEN DOING SOME INTERESTING BACKING CAMPAIGNS, AND ONE OF THOSE CAMPAIGNS IS THAT WE PARTNERED WITH OUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HAD OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE DOING REMOTE LEARNING, MEET ME IN OUR, AN INTERNET SPEED TEST ASSIGNMENT.

AND THIS INFORMATION IS REALLY HELPFUL TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE GETTING.

AND IF THOSE SPEEDS CAN SUPPORT VARIOUS LEVELS OF REMOTE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY.

AND SO IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY GREAT TO SEE PEOPLE ENGAGING WITH THE PLATFORM AND GETTING MORE INFORMATION AND LEARNING WHAT THEIR COMMUNITIES LOOK LIKE FOR BROADBAND ACCESS AND WHAT THEM AS INDIVIDUALS.

SO I WILL LET MATT GREAT.

THANK YOU, ALEXANDRA.

UH, WE'RE READY FOR OUR NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, UH, DURING OUR LAST PRESENTATIONS, WE SAID WE WERE LOOKING FOR A CHAMPION THAT WANTS TO BRING THIS TOOL TO AUSTIN WHERE, OR PERHAPS ALL TEXAS.

AND WE THINK WE FOUND ONE WITH YOU GUYS, UH, IN THIS CONNECTION TEST ATX PROGRAM BEING ENVISIONED, UH, WE'RE SUPER EXCITED TO PARTNER ON THAT FRONT.

UM, ALL OF THE CODE AGAIN IS, UH, OPEN SOURCE AND, UH, THIS IS JUST THE ADDRESS THAT IT CAN BE FOUND AT.

UH, THERE'S ALSO A WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE ABOUT THE PROJECT OVERALL, SO, UM, UH, PEOPLE CAN, UH, RESEARCH IT AND LEARN MORE ABOUT IT.

UH, WHAT ELSE? I THINK WE HAVE ONE LAST SLIDE.

THAT'S JUST, UM, OUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

AND THEN, UM, WE'RE HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS, UM, AS, AS NEEDED.

OKAY.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MATT AND ALEXANDRA AND, UH, DELIA FOR HELPING SEE THIS UP.

UH, I WANT TO BACK UP ALSO, UH, JOHN DID A GREAT JOB OF SETTING

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A CONTEXT FOR THE PRESENTATION TODAY, BUT I'D LIKE TO REITERATE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT JOHN MENTIONED, UH, BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, UH, MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO FEED OF AMERICA WAS ON A DECA CALL THAT WE HELD A COUPLE OF WEEKS BACK.

AND THAT'S WHEN I IMMEDIATELY STARTED RECRUITING.

YOU TRY JOIN US IN THE WORKING GROUP SESSION AND THEN TO JOIN US IN THE COMMISSION SETTING AS WELL.

AND THE MAIN REASON IS BECAUSE WE ENVISION YOU BEING A GREAT PARTNER FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN SERVICE OF OUR MISSIONS, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON BRIDGING THE DIVIDE AND HELPING TO GET THROUGH SOME OF THESE HISTORICAL LEGACIES THAT WE'VE HAD TO DEAL WITH HERE.

AND THE CITY IN THE STATE.

AND THE PLAN IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED TO FIND A WAY TO INTEGRATE THIS SPECIFIC SURVEY POINTS FOR YOUR SERVICES FOR SPEED OF AMERICA, INTO THE RESIDENTIAL STUDY AND MORE AS A FUNCTION OF THIS CONNECT ATX PROJECT, UH, WHICH IS BEING, UH, ROLLOUT.

SO, UH, WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN IT UP TO, UH, IF THERE'S ANYONE AT JOHN OR OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO WHAT HAS BEEN STATED AT THIS POINT.

OTHERWISE I'D LIKE TO OPEN IT UP TO THE COMMISSION, UH, TO ASK QUESTIONS.

AND I WANT TO ALSO TO BE CLEAR, UH, BECAUSE WE DID ACTUALLY HAVE A, YOU KNOW, A WORKING GROUP SESSION, UM, WHERE SEVERAL OF US, JUST A HANDFUL OF US GOT A CHANCE TO REALLY ENGAGE AND ASK QUESTIONS.

UH, SO I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY GIVING THOSE THAT HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO ENGAGE WITH SPIRIT OF AMERICA, A CHANCE TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS, UH, UNLESS THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE THAT JOHN OR CITY STAFF WOULD LIKE TO ADD.

OKAY, WELL WITH THAT THEN, UH, I'D LIKE TO GIVE, UH, COMMISSIONERS, UH, REINHART, UH, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON AND, UH, COMMISSIONER FLOYD, A CHANCE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS BECAUSE I KNOW COMMISSIONER SCOOPED UP MR. UTES, JAKE AND I WERE ON THE CALL WITH, UH, SPEED OF AMERICA.

LAST, I HAVE A QUESTION.

SO WHEN THIS GOT ROLLED OUT IN OREGON, HOW, HOW WAS THE, HOW WAS THAT IMPLEMENTATION DONE? HOW, HOW DID YOU GET PEOPLE TO GO TO THAT TOOL AND MAP THEIR, THEIR DATA? SURE.

SO, UM, I THINK THERE'S TWO PARTS TO THAT ANSWER.

INITIALLY, WE DID SOME FACEBOOK PROMOTION AND PUT IT OUT THERE AND, AND, UH, WHAT WE LEARNED WAS, UM, PEOPLE WERE VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THEIR INTERNET SPEEDS AND, AND BEING ABLE TO QUANTIFY IT.

WE ALSO FOUND THAT, UM, BECAUSE IT WASN'T A BRAND NAME THAT THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH, THEY WEREN'T SURE ABOUT, UM, UH, USING IT, LIKE WHAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION GATHERED? AND WHILE IT DOESN'T GATHER ANY PERSONAL PEOPLE, PERSONAL, PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, PII, UH, YOU KNOW, IT DOES ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT LIKE, HEY, IS YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION WIRED OR WIRELESS? AND, AND SO IT BEGS THE QUESTION, LIKE, ARE THEY SELLING SOMETHING WHICH WE'RE NOT, BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'D BE A NATURAL QUESTION.

SO OUT OF THAT, WE LEARNED THAT, UM, PERHAPS A BETTER APPROACH TO PROMOTION IS THROUGH TRUSTED PARTNERS.

SO LOCAL, UH, LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS.

AND WE'VE SEEN THAT PLAY OUT WITH TEACHERS AND THEIR STUDENTS WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS AND THEIR LOCAL DISTRICTS.

SO IT SORT OF BECOMES AN EXTENSION OF TRUST.

LIKE, HEY, YOU CAN USE THIS TOOL TO MEASURE YOUR INTERNET SPEED.

AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE, WHAT INFORMATION IS BEING CAPTURED.

AND THIS IS HOW WE'RE USING IT.

AND ULTIMATELY THE WAY WE'RE USING IT IS TO ADVOCATE FOR MORE INVESTMENTS TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.

SO, UM, THIS WORKS BECAUSE IT IS PROMOTED BY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TRUSTED IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

AND SO THAT THAT'S SORT OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE PROMOTION AND HOW PEOPLE COME TO FIND IT AND, UH, MEASURE THERE'S SPEED RESULTS.

SO PEOPLE ARE TAKING THIS TEST, UM, UH, EVERY SINGLE DAY, UM, DIRECTLY FROM SPEED-UP AMERICA.

AND THEY'RE ALSO TAKING THE TEST, UH, AT GOOGLE.COM.

IF YOU SEARCH THE KEY PHRASE, UM, INTERNET SPEED TEST, AND YOU DO A SPEED TEST THAT WAY DIRECTLY IN YOUR BROWSER, IT ALSO CAPTURES A SPEED TEST THAT GOES INTO THE SYSTEM.

THE DIFFERENCE WITH THAT APPROACH IS IT DOESN'T PROVIDE VERY SPECIFIC GEOLOCATION.

UM, BUT WE DO CAPTURE THE DATA AND DO REPORT IT OUT ON THE MAP.

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DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? COMMISSIONER REINHART? YES.

UM, I HAVE ONE OTHER ONE REAL QUICK.

SO, UM, W WERE THERE ANY IMPLICATIONS FOR THIS? SO IF YOU GOT, IF YOU'RE BEING CHARGED MORE THAN YOU WERE REALLY GETTING, WERE THERE ANY, UM, IMPACTS TO BILLING OR WERE CONSUMERS ABLE TO USE THAT DATA TO LEVERAGE BETTER PRICING ALEXANDER, DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT AS IT RELATES TO THE EFFORTS AROUND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO HELP BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND, AND THEIR EFFORTS TO, UH, ROLL OUT SUBSIDIES AND THAT SORT OF THING? YEAH, DEFINITELY.

SO PART OF IT IS, UM, AROUND THE QUESTION OF, YOU KNOW, LIKE WHAT IS ACTUALLY INFLUENCING YOUR CURRENT STREAM.

SO THERE IS AN THANK YOU PAGE THAT WE HAVE THAT HELPS TO EXPLAIN SOME OF THE DISCREPANCIES THAT HAPPENED BETWEEN, UM, WHAT YOU ARE SEEING AND WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING.

SO SOMETIMES THERE'S ISSUES OF OLDER MONITORS OR ROUTERS THAT HAVE CAUSED ISSUES TO SLOWING DOWN THAT SERVICE THEY'RE PAYING FOR THE HIGHER SERVICE, BUT THEY'RE NOT GETTING THAT ACTUAL SERVICE IN REAL LIFE.

UM, SO THE THERE'S BEEN AN EFFORT FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS, AND I THINK WE'LL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS MONITORS ARE UP TO DATE, AND IF THEY DON'T HAVE A MONITOR OR IF THEY DON'T HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, UM, ABILITIES THAT THEY ARE THEN GIVEN RESOURCES TO HELP SUPPORT THOSE.

SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS HELPED, THERE HAS BEEN, UM, THE MOVEMENT AROUND MAKING SURE THAT INDIVIDUALS KNOW YOU CAN CALL YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER AND SEE WHAT MIGHT BE THE ISSUE.

AND HOPEFULLY THROUGH THAT FEED, THERE'S ALSO BEEN EFFORTS ON THE LIKE CITY LEVEL WIDE.

UM, MATT HAS AN EXAMPLE FROM, UH, LAKEVILLE WHERE THEY FLAGGED THAT A CERTAIN AREA WASN'T GETTING THE SEEDS THAT IT WOULD BE GETTING.

AND THEY WENT TO THAT PROVIDER AND SAID, HEY, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE NOT HAPPY.

SAY THEY ARE, WHERE CAN WE PARTNER AND HELP IMPLEMENT THESE NEEDS FOR THIS COMMUNITY? AND IT RESULTED IN, IN THAT COMMUNITY AND GETTING THE SERVICE THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE A PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

THANKS.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER REINHART, COMMISSIONER FLOYD.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMISSIONER THOMPSON? I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ADDITIONAL TO ASK RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

JUST THE LAST COUPLE OF QUESTIONS WERE GREAT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT FEEDBACK.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON HAVE A QUESTION AT THIS TIME.

OKAY.

YOU SAID YOU DO NOT CORRECT.

NOT HAVE A QUESTION IF THAT'S OKAY.

OKAY, GREAT.

I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER DOES SPEAK TO, UH, HAVE A QUESTION FOR 24 MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT PROPER BROADBAND SERVICE, BUT THEN MICROSOFT SAYS WAS 162 MILLION.

UH, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE EXPLANATION IS FOR THE HUGE DISCREPANCY DISCREPANCY THAT 24 MILLION SUGGESTS THAT MAYBE THESE ARE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT IN THE FARMS WHERE IT'S HARD TO STRING A WIRE ALL THE WAY, JUST ONE FAR AS OPPOSED TO DOWN IN THE CITIES, BUT HUNDRED AND 62 MILLION, SINCE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN THE CITIES THAT ARE WITHOUT REASONABLE BROADBAND.

SO HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE DISCREPANCY, A POINT OF CLARIFICATION COMMISSIONER, CAN YOU CONFIRM WHAT YOU'RE QUOTING FOR, UH, FOR THAT SENTENCE? UH, THIS IS THE STATEMENT THAT I HEARD MATT MAKE EARLIER THAT, UH, THERE IS SOME, IT WAS 24 MILLION PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT PROPER RED BROADBAND.

WHEREAS MICROSOFT HAS COME UP WITH A NUMBER OF HUNDRED AND 62 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT A SUITABLE BROADBAND.

SO I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DISCREPANCIES, WHAT ARE THE, WHAT ARE THE GROUND RULES THAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENCE? I MEAN, IS THERE AN EXPLANATION FOR IT? RIGHT.

ALSO, I WAS JUST TRYING TO GAIN VERIFICATION FOR WHEREVER THE MICROSOFT QUOTE CAME FROM ON CONNECTIVITY.

SO WE GOT THAT AS A POINT OF REFERENCE, BUT I THINK, UH, THEY COULD PROBABLY TAKE THAT IN A MOMENT THAT, YEAH, SO, UH, I'M HAPPY TO TRY AND FEEL THAT ONE.

AND I'M ALSO HAPPY TO PROVIDE A LINK TO THE REFERENCE MICROSOFT ARTICLE,

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WHICH WAS IN POPULAR MEDIA AND NOT ON AN OBSCURE WEBSITE.

AND IT WAS A, AN OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM MICROSOFT DIRECTLY.

SO, UM, THE HISTORICAL APPROACH TO BROADBAND MAPPING FROM THE FCC HAS BEEN ONE BASED ON REPORTED, UH, SERVICE AREAS AND REPORTED SPEEDS.

AND SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT CAN HAPPEN IS THAT A ISP CAN HAVE ONE PERSON CONNECTED, ONE HOUSEHOLD CONNECTED IN A CENSUS TRACT, AND THAT COUNTS AS, UM, EVERYONE BEING ABLE TO BE SERVED IN THAT CENSUS TRACK.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, COMMISSIONER, UM, THERE, THERE'S A, UM, A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION ON, ON HOW, UH, WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT ARE.

SO, UM, THERE WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE A CAPITAL COST ASSOCIATED WITH SERVING OTHER HOUSEHOLDS IN THAT CENSUS TRACK.

UM, AND THOSE CAPITAL COSTS TO CONNECT INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS MAY BE, UM, THE BURDEN MAY BE PUT ON A HOUSEHOLD.

SO IT IS ACCURATE TO SAY THEY COULD GET BROADBAND ACCESS, BUT THE COST OF DOING SO IS PROHIBITIVE.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, UM, TO BRING IT DOWN THE STREET MAY COST $5,000, WHICH IS FOR MOST AMERICANS, UM, VASTLY TOO EXPENSIVE TO BE CONNECTED.

SO IT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAN BE CONNECTED AND CAN AFFORD TO BE CONNECTED.

UM, AND THAT PLAYS INTO THE, THE DIFFERENCES AND THE DEFINITIONS, AND THEN ULTIMATELY THE TOTAL NATIONWIDE ASSESSMENT.

OKAY.

UM, THE SECOND QUESTION I HAVE IS, AS FAR AS THE TEST IS CONCERNED THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, I THINK I MENTIONED IT DURING THE WORKING GROUP CALL THAT WHEN I MEASURED AT ABOUT ONE 30 IN THE MORNING, SINCE I'M A LEAD TO BEDTIME, IT IS BLAZING FAST.

I MEAN, I SIGNED UP FOR 200 MEGABIT SERVICE AND I GET ABOUT 170 AND DIFFERENCES.

PARTLY MY FAULT.

I'M USING AN OLD MOTOR.

IF I GRADE MEMOS GET CLOSE TO 200, BUT IF YOU MEASURE IT ABOUT 10 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, IT DROPS TO 120, 110, SOMETIMES A HUNDRED.

SO THERE'S QUITE A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN 170 AND A HUNDRED.

AND IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE LOGGED IN BECAUSE IT'S AT ONE WIRE GOING DOWN THE STREET AND EVERYBODY'S STOPPING OFF IT.

AND IT BEING, IT'S A DROP NETWORK.

SO IF I'M AT THE END OF THE STREET, WHICH I AM TOWARDS THE END OF THE STREET, I AM THE LAST MINUTE JUST ABOUT.

SO DEPENDING ON WHEN JUST IT CAN GIVE YOU A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ANSWERS.

SO DO YOU HAVE, WHEN YOU RUN THESE TESTS, DO YOU TELL PEOPLE RUN IT, THESE ARE THE PREFERRED TIMES, LIKE SAY IN THE EVENING, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN EVERYBODY'S LOGGED IN, KIDS ARE FREE TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK.

YOU KNOW, ADULTS ARE TRYING TO CATCH UP ON THE NEWS AND EMAIL, ET CETERA.

SO DO YOU ALSO RECOMMEND CERTAIN TIMES? YEAH.

AND SO I, I THINK, UM, I'LL, I'LL ANSWER THAT WITH, UH, TWO POINTS.

THE FIRST IS, UM, IF YOU WERE TO TAKE YOUR PROVIDER'S WORD FOR IT, UM, YOU WOULD, THEY WOULD LIKELY REPORT, YOU WOULD EXPERIENCE ABOUT 200 MEGABITS ALL THE TIME.

UM, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS, IN THE BEST OF TIMES, WHEN YOU MEASURE YOUR SPEEDS, YOU GET SOMETHING LESS THAN THAT.

AND THEN IN THE WORST OF TIMES YOU GET SOMETHING SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THAT.

SO THEY'RE IN LIVES SORT OF THE, UM, ON THE GROUND EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE TRUTH OF WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING ON THE GROUND RELATIVE TO WHAT'S ADVERTISED BY YOUR PROVIDER TO BE PROVIDED THERE.

SO THERE'S A DIFFERENCE THERE, UM, AS IT RELATES TO, UM, ACCURATELY REPORTING, UM, UH, WHAT THE TRUE MEASURE IS ON THE GROUND, THAT TO SOME EXTENT IS OVERCOME BY HAVING A LOT OF DATA POINTS.

AND WE SAY, HOW MANY DATA POINTS ON A GIVEN CENSUS BLOCK OR TRACK ARE OBSERVED? SO IF YOU JUST HAVE ONE POINT OF REFERENCE, YOU NEED TO TAKE THAT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.

THIS IS JUST ONE OBSERVATION, ONE TEST, OR THAT CENSUS BLOCK.

HOWEVER, UM, WHEN WE PULL IN THE DATA FROM GOOGLE AND MEASUREMENT LAB, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SPEED TESTS FROM ALL, ALL TIMES OF THE DAY.

UH, AND THEN WE GIVE THE MEDIAN RESULTS AND WE SAY, HEY, THERE WERE 40,000 CASTS TAKEN IN THIS, UH, CENSUS TRACK.

AND THE MEDIAN DOWNLOAD SPEED WAS X, THE MEDIAN UPLOAD SPEED WAS Y SO, SO WE WERE TRANSPARENT IN HOW MANY TESTS ARE TAKEN THERE AND WE'RE TRANSPARENT IN HOW WE CALCULATE A MEDIAN.

THANK YOU.

GREAT QUESTION.

THE QUESTIONS, UH, COMMISSIONER YATES.

UH, DID YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? YES.

THANK YOU.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, UM,

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YOU MENTIONED THAT WE COULD NOW DOWNLOAD A REPORT IF ANYONE HAD ACTUALLY DONE THIS TEST HERE IN AUSTIN OR SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS.

UH, CAN WE FILTER THIS REPORT SO THAT WE ONLY GET THE TEXAS OR THE AUSTIN RESULTS? ABSOLUTELY.

UM, I THINK IN THE REPORT NOW IT DOES CAPTURE ZIP CODE.

UM, CERTAINLY IT CAPTURES THE NAME OF YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE EXCEL.

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS SETTING UP AN EXCEL FILTER TO, TO BUILD THEIR, THAT DATA.

UM, THE WORK AHEAD TO ENGAGE THE TECHNICAL GROUPS THAT JOHN REFERENCED WOULD, UH, ENABLE THE TEST TO ALSO CAPTURE THE CENSUS BLOCK GEOGRAPHIC TAG.

SO THAT WOULD BE THE EFFORT OF THE LOCAL TECH FOLKS ON THE GROUND.

THERE IS TO ADD THOSE ADDITIONAL ATTRIBUTES, WHICH WE ALREADY HAVE FOR OREGON, UM, ADAM AS FUNCTIONALITY, UH, LOCALLY THERE FOR AUSTIN.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO I'M LOOKING AT YOUR ACTUAL WEBSITE HERE AND YOU GOT ALL THE DATA MAPPED FOR WASHINGTON AND OREGON.

AND IS THERE A WAY THAT WE CAN JUST DOWNLOAD THE, UH, THE INFORMATION IN A SPREADSHEET OR SOMETHING FOR AUSTIN? YEAH, SURE THING.

JUST SCROLL DOWN AND THEN KEEP SCROLLING DOWN A LITTLE BIT FOR THERE'S A BLUE BUTTON JUST BEFORE YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM, IT SAYS EXPORT DATA, LET'S CLICK THAT, IT'LL START THE CVS FILE, WHICH IS COMMA SEPARATED FILE.

AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO OPEN IT IN EXCEL OR A WORD, A WORD PROCESSING, EXCEL SPREADSHEET, LIKE APPLICATION OF YOUR CHOICE.

OKAY.

LET'S SEE THE EXPORT DATA BUTTON.

SO THIS DOWNLOADS EVERYTHING FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, OR CAN WE BE SELECTED? IT DOWNLOADS ALL OF THE TEST RESULTS THAT, UH, INITIATED ON SPEED UP AMERICA.

IT DOES NOT DOWNLOAD THE, UH, SPEED TESTS THAT WERE INITIATED BY GOOGLE.COM, UH, BY WAY OF M LAB.

SO, UM, UH, AND IT'S A ROLLING 13 MONTH LOOK BACK, SO IT CAN BE A LARGE FILE.

THAT WOULD BE A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE IF WE HAD, UH, THAT MANY SPEED TESTS, UH, THERE IN TEXAS.

UM, BECAUSE THEN WE WOULD GET TO CLOSER TO, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT MEDIAN SPEEDS, UM, AS COMMISSIONER GROUP TO MENTION.

RIGHT.

BUT WE CANNOT, UH, LIMIT THE, UH, THE DATA BEING DOWNLOADED TO JUST TEXAS.

WE'VE GOT TO TAKE IT ALL AND THEN FILTER IT OURSELVES.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT SOUNDS DAUNTING.

WELL, LET ME SPEAK TO THAT BECAUSE I THINK WHAT WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IS WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THAT THAT'S, UH, UH, UH, THAT WATER HOSE, RIGHT? I MEAN, IDEALLY WE'RE GOING TO ENGAGE IN A CAMPAIGN, UH, THROUGH THE CONNECTION, UH, HEX, UH, TO CONNECT CONNECTION TEXTS.

ATX THAT ALLOWS US TO THEN FILL OUT A SURVEY FROM, FROM, YOU KNOW, IDEALLY EVERYONE IN THE CITY.

RIGHT.

I MEAN, EVERYONE, PARTICULARLY IN THE, OUR AFFECTED COMMUNITIES, UH, AND THEN LIKE, UH, HE SUGGESTED THAT IT'S JUST A MATTER OF DOWNLOADING IT, YOU KNOW, A TABLET LIMITED, YOU KNOW, FILE WITH EXCEL AND THEN PUTTING THE FILTERS FOR ZIP CODE AND THEN PAIRING IT DOWN.

UH, BUT THAT WOULD BE A NICE PROBLEM TO HAVE I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION.

OKAY.

UH, THE QUESTION I HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, EVER SINCE WE HAD OUR LAST DISCUSSION WORKING GROUP LEVEL, I SENT IT HOTEL.

AND IF EVERYTHING FELL INTO PLACE, THAT NOTE, THAT REQUEST TO RUN TESTS SHOULD HAVE GONE TO ONE 50,000 PEOPLE.

AS SOON AS I SENT IT OUT, I STARTED GETTING RESPONSES SAYING, HERE'S THE TEST, HERE'S THE TEST, HERE'S A TEST.

I STARTED GETTING AN EMBEDDED, THAT'S IT? YOU DON'T HAVE TO GENERATE IT, JUST TAKE THE TEST AND THE LOG RECORDING.

SO FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, HAVE YOU SEEN IT UPTAKE TAKING TESTS FROM AN AUSTIN AREA? YOU KNOW, THE ZIP CODE? SO I JUST DOWNLOADED THE CSV FILE MYSELF, UH, JUST HERE IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES, I DO SEE, UM, UH, TESTS TAKEN THAT ARE CLEARLY FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AGAIN, I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I CAN SEE THE NAME OF THE ISP.

I ALSO CAN SEE THE ZIP CODE WHEN I CAN'T SEE AS THE CENSUS BLOCK AND TRACK, BECAUSE WE WOULD NEED TO ADD THAT TOGETHER.

UM, UH, OR THE RULING LOOK BACK ON

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TEST, SPECIFICALLY DONE FROM SPEED OF AMERICA.

UH, THERE ARE 890 TESTS, UM, AND YOU KNOW, ROUGHLY, UM, 15 PEOPLE TAKING IT A DAY.

UM, I DID WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THEM, UH, UH, ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, UM, AS WE WORK TOGETHER WITH YOUR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, YOUR LOCAL TECH FOLKS, IF YOU WANTED, YOU COULD ADD A STATE FILTER DOWN THERE BY THE EXPORT DATA BUTTON.

SO IT WOULD THEN BECOME A TWO CLICK PROCESS.

FIRST, YOU WOULD SELECT, YOU KNOW, IT'D BE AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF STATES, YOU SELECT TEXAS, THEN YOU CLICK THE EXPORT DATA THAT COULD ABSOLUTELY BE A FEATURE ADDED OVER A WEEKEND, UH, AT A HACKATHON THAT YOU GUYS DO LOCALLY THERE IN AUSTIN.

SO THIS IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IT CAN BE, UM, UH, CHANGED BY TECHNICAL FOLKS WHO WANT TO DO, UH, VOLUNTEERING, JUST LIKE ALEXANDRA.

AND I DO.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S GREAT QUESTION.

COMMISSIONER GATES.

YES.

I HAD ONE MORE QUESTION PLEASE.

AND THAT CONCERNS THIS CONNECTION TEST APX, DOES THAT HAVE A WEB PRESENCE YET, OR THIS IS STILL IN THE WORKS? WELL, I'LL START OUT TO RESPOND WITH THAT.

WE, UH, SO STAFF WANTED TO PRESENT THE PROJECT TO THE COMMISSION TONIGHT AND FROM THIS PRESENTATION, UM, THERE IS WORK UNDERWAY TO, UH, PUBLISH THE PROJECT AND HAVE A WEB PRESENCE AND CONTINUE THE ADVOCACY TO, UH, CONNECT WITH OUR CIVIC HACKERS AND THOSE WITH THE IT SKILLS TO HELP WITH THE BACKEND TO MAKE THIS A REALITY IN AUSTIN.

UM, SO IT'S ACTUALLY A GOAL THIS WEEK TO PUBLISH THAT WEBSITE, UM, AS AN OUTCOME FROM THIS PRESENTATION.

SO WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THE URL ACCORDINGLY.

OKAY.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION ALONG THOSE LINES, UH, IS, UH, THE CONNECTION TEXT ATX, WAS THAT, UH, A NAME THAT, UH, CT N 3D TECHNOLOGY CAME UP WITH? SURE.

SO I'LL START OUT THERE.

UM, WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO, UM, BRAND THIS PLATFORM FOR AUSTIN AS IT HELPS BRING RELEVANCY TO THE PROJECT.

UM, BUT WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS BEING RUN ON THE SPEED OF AMERICA PLATFORM, AND WE, UH, WILL INCLUDE SUCH LANGUAGE WITH ALL OF OUR MESSAGING.

UH, HOWEVER IT RESONATES, UH, WITH THE COMMUNITY.

IF WE ARE ABLE TO REALLY SPEAK TO WHAT THIS, THIS TOOL IS TO, TO ATX COOL.

AND JESSE RODRIGUEZ HERE, STAFF LIAISON, I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE A TYPO ON THE AGENDA IT'S CONNECTION TEST T E S T.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES A WHOLE LOT MORE SENSE, UH, OR THAT'S EVEN COOLER.

SO I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION HERE, AND THAT MIGHT BE FOR LATER.

THIS QUESTION MIGHT BE FOR LATER IN THE AGENDA, BUT, UH, THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE IS GOING TO BE CONTRIBUTING SOME BILLS ABOUT RURAL ACCESS.

AND ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH TEST RESULTS IN ORDER TO MAKE ANY KIND OF, UH, EFFECTIVE, UH, KIND OF INITIATIVE WITH THE LEGISLATURE DURING THIS SESSION? WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT A COUPLE OF YEARS, UH, COMMISSIONER YATES WITH REGARDS TO THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT HAS, UH, COMMENCED THIS WEEK.

UM, THIS TOOL PROVIDES A POINT OF REFERENCE WITH REGARDS TO AUSTIN'S, UH, BROADBAND NEEDS, UM, AND SOMETHING THAT REALLY HELPS ALUMINATE THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR, THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, WHOMEVER IT MIGHT BE TAKING THAT COST LOCALLY.

UM, AND WHILE THIS, UH, DATA MAY NOT NECESSARILY DIRECTLY INFORM ANY LEGISLATIVE POSTURE OVER THE COMING WEEKS, UM, IT IS BY, IT IS AN EVERY EFFORT, UM, A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH REGARDS TO THIS OVERALL, UM, INITIATIVE HAVING TO BE DONE BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO THE COMMISSION, UH, THROUGH MULTIPLE COMMUNITY MEETINGS, THAT THERE ARE SOME

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KNOWN DISPARITIES KNOWN CHALLENGES, ALL OF THOSE OUTCOMES THAT WERE PRESENTED WITHIN THE SPECIAL REPORT ON DIGITAL EQUITY THAT THE COMMISSION AUTHORED THE CHAIR PIPS, ESPECIALLY, AND SOMETHING THAT, UM, THE, THE PURE FACT THAT THIS WORK HAS TO OCCUR, SPEAKS TO THAT.

UM, SO I THINK THAT, UM, UH, QUITE SIMPLY, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION OR SHORT-TERM FIX, I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A LONG-TERM, UM, INITIATIVE THAT WILL HELP US REALLY, UH, BUILD OUT A LARGER UNDERSTANDING, UM, AND HELP, UH, ENSURE THAT OUR EXPERIENCE AS A COMMUNITY IS A KNOWN AND ONE THAT THE COMMUNITIES HOPE TO ENGAGE IN THIS PROCESS, UM, TO, UH, PROVIDE THIS DATA.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? COMMISSIONER SNACKING.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, JOHN.

THANK YOU, MR. GATES.

UH, WELL, UH, ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR, UH, FOR MATH AND ALEXANDRA OR THE CITY STAFF HERE IN RELATION TO, UM, CONNECTION TEST ATX AND SPEED OF AMERICA? I WOULD JUST ADD ONE MORE EXCITING MILESTONE THAT WE, UM, UH, REACHED LAST WEEK.

UM, OUR COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS OPTED TO FUND OUR HOSTING OR ANOTHER YEAR.

SO, UM, THIS, THIS TOOL IS, IS, UM, FUNDED FROM A HOSTING PERSPECTIVE.

UM, SO IT DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDS, UM, FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES, UH, AT THIS TIME TO HELP WITH ANY OF THE, THAT ASPECT OF IT.

UM, THERE ARE POTENTIAL INCENTIVES, UM, THAT COULD BE CREATIVE TO THAT WOULD GO TO YOUR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, UH, TO ADVANCE THE TOOL IN A WAY THAT BENEFITED, UH, AUSTIN SPECIFICALLY.

SO, UH, WE'RE VERY THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF LANE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND, UM, UH, THAT JUST CAME IN THIS PAST WEEK.

OUTSTANDING.

WELL, I GUESS IT MAKES US ALSO VERY THANKFUL AND APPRECIATIVE OF THEIR SUPPORT.

AND, UH, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION AND FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS PARTNERSHIP.

OBVIOUSLY WE'RE JUST GETTING GOING, BUT I CAN TELL, UH, THERE'S GREAT EXCITEMENT.

I KNOW THAT WE'LL END UP HOLDING, UH, A BOAT JUST TO FORMALLY SHOW OUR SUPPORT IN THE COMMISSION LATER ON IN THIS MEETING.

UH, BUT I FEEL PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT BASED ON OUR FOCUS ON DIGITAL INCLUSION AND THE COMMITMENT THAT THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE SHOWN THE ADVANCING THE GOALS OF BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND IN SERVICING OUR POPULATION HERE, UH, THAT THERE'LL BE AN UNSPOKEN, UH, TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP.

UM, SO WITH THAT, THANK YOU AGAIN, AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AND TO ADVANCING NEXT STEPS.

WE'RE SUPER EXCITED.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

IT WAS REALLY, UH, AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE AND, UH, UH, UH, I LOVE FINDING OTHER PEOPLE WHO, UH, EFFORT IN THIS WORK AND IT DOES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

SO THANK YOU ALL

[2.b. TARA Office Briefing (John Speirs, Program Manager – Telecom & Regulatory Affairs) ]

RIGHT, WITH THAT, THEN WE'LL PROCEED WITH OUR AGENDA TO AGENDA ITEMS COULD BE A TERRA OFFICE BRIEFING.

THIS WILL BE BY JOHN SPEARS, PROGRAM MANAGER, OR A TELECOM AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS, UH, WITH THAT JOHN, TAKE IT AWAY.

THANK YOU.

TEAR PITS.

UM, THIS BRIEFING IS, UH, SOMETHING THAT WE WILL JUST PROVIDE A QUICK UPDATE ON AN EXCITING NEW CAPACITY OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COMMUNITIES WORK, AS IT RELATES TO, UM, ADVANCING DIGITAL EQUITY.

AS WE ALL KNOW THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON OUR COMMUNITIES POPULATION, AS WE JUST HEARD ELEVATED THE CRITICALITY OF AFFORDABLE AND ADEQUATE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY TO ALL AUSTIN RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING, HEALTHCARE ACCESS, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING, TELEWORKING, ACCESS TO SOCIAL CONNECTIONS, UM, AND HELP PREVENT SOCIAL ISOLATION FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

UM, AND LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS, UM, AND COVID-19 REALLY, UH, CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT THOSE DIGITAL DISPARITIES WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THROUGH THE COVID-19 RESPONSE, IT HAS GALVANIZED A GREAT NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS, INCLUDING OUR REGIONAL CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS, COUNCIL, UH, COMMUNITY AND COMMERCIAL SECTOR PARTNERS, UM, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS.

ONE OF THOSE COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, LEADERSHIP, AUSTIN, UH, HOST AN ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP THAT FELLOWSHIP, UM, IS NOW UNDERWAY FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2021, UM, AND

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LEADERSHIP AUSTIN THROUGH THE FUNDING OF THE ST DAVID'S FOUNDATION, UM, HAS, UM, UH, PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A FELLOW TO BE FOCUSED ON THE INTERNET ACCESS AND THE CONNECTIVITY AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO EVALUATE THOSE LARGER, COMPREHENSIVE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY EXIST WITH REGARDS TO INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF SUFFICIENT, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THEN PROVIDES RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE BROADBAND TO ALL RESIDENTS AND EXPLORING THOSE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT EXISTS.

AND THIS WORK IS SOMETHING THAT IS, UM, THAT THE VERY EARLY STAGE OF THE PROCESS.

HELLO, UH, HOST DAN HARMON IS HER NAME, UH, HAS JUST STARTED.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW THAT SHE'S IN THE MEETING ROOM HERE.

HOWEVER, I AM MOST CONFIDENT THAT YOU ALL IN SOME CAPACITY WILL BE CONNECTING WITH HER, NO PUN INTENDED HERE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS AS THIS WORK HAS CO-CREATED WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND FROM A LARGE, UM, UH, 360 DEGREE LENS.

THIS WORK REALLY FOCUSES ON SOME OF THE INSIGHTS AND FEEDBACK THAT THE COMMISSION THROUGH THE WORK PLAN HAS PROVIDED TO STAFF WITH REGARDS TO EXPLORATION OF THOSE, UM, AND, UH, OPPORTUNITIES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND BEING ABLE TO, UH, NOT ONLY, UH, EVALUATE THE AVAILABILITY OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT ALSO TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY EXIST, UM, WHEN WE'RE LEVERAGING THE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND THOSE MODELS THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IN THE WORKING GROUP MEETINGS WITH REGARDS TO PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND HOW THAT, UM, SUPPORTS CURRENT EFFORTS WITH REGARDS TO THE AUTONOMY INSTITUTE AND THOSE PRESENTATIONS THAT WE HAVE HEARD TRUMP CTM, AND IT HELPS ADVANCE OVERALL THE CONNECTIVITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE AS WE JUST HEARD FROM THIS PRESENTATION FROM SPEED TEST ATS, THERE ARE SOME PERCEIVED AS DISPARITIES THAT EXIST IN THE COMMUNITY.

BUT UNTIL WE KNOW MORE, UNTIL WE'RE ABLE TO REALLY FORMALLY UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND GO THROUGH THOSE FEASIBILITY STUDIES TO EXPLORE AND PRESENT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND LAY OUT SOME OPTIONS, UM, IT IS SOMETHING THAT RIGHT NOW, THIS ADVANCES US FARTHER THAN WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY AT TODAY.

AND SO I WANTED TO JUST PROVIDE AN UPDATE THROUGH THIS BRIEFING THAT, UH, HOTEL ARMEN ARE, UM, THAT ARE COMMUNITY FELLOW FOCUSED ON, UH, DIGITAL INCLUSION AND SPECIFICALLY INFRASTRUCTURE AND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS WORK.

AND THIS IS A ANOTHER ELEMENT OF CAPACITY, UM, IN OUR COMMUNITY AND SOMETHING THAT IS VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH THE COMMISSION'S WORK PLAN.

AND WHILE THIS IS A COMMUNITY ON PROJECT, UH, THE CITY WILL BE SUPPORTING THAT, THAT WORK PLAN AND VERY MUCH LOOKING TO THE COMMISSION'S, UM, WORK PLAN FOR THE FELLOWS ACTIVITIES OVER THE COMING YEAR.

AND WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO, UM, PROVIDING UPDATES ACCORDINGLY, BUT AT LEAST WANTING TO INTRODUCE THIS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL OF THIS WORK FITS TOGETHER WITH REGARDS TO REALLY FOCUSING ON THOSE CORE FUNDAMENTALS OF RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE BROADBAND INTERNET FOR THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

UM, AND BEING ABLE TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT SOME OF THOSE NECESSARY RESOURCES, INCLUDING SUFFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, UM, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE WHAT GOES INTO THAT, WHICH IS, UM, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT SUPPORT THAT AND DOING THAT IN, UH, IN REGARDS TO WHAT IS CURRENTLY POSSIBLE, BUT ALSO HIGHLIGHTING THOSE AREAS AND WHERE WE NEED TO, UH, MOVE THE NEEDLE AND BE ABLE TO, UM, HELP UNDERSTAND WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO AFFECT A LARGER CHANGE.

SO THIS IS, UM, A POSITIVE STEP, UH, TO HELP ADVANCE THAT AND SOMETHING THAT, UM, REALLY APPRECIATE THE COMMISSION'S LEADERSHIP THERE, BECAUSE WITHOUT THIS, THIS GUIDANCE AND THESE WORKING GROUP DISCUSSIONS THAT OCCUR AT THE, UH, DIGITAL INCLUSION WORKING GROUP AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP AND THE KNOWLEDGE AND INFOR, UH, INFORMATION WORKING GROUP, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THIS, UM, THIS, UH, INFORMATION AS FAR AS WHAT IT IS THAT WE NEED TO BE EXPLORING.

UM, AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, UH, WE APPRECIATE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY, TO WORK, UM, IN, UH, TO ADVANCE THE COMMISSION'S WORK PLAN.

SO WITH THAT,

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THAT IS THE BRIEF UPDATE ON THE NEW FELLOW.

I'LL SAY, THANK YOU FOR THAT, JOHN.

UH, APPRECIATE THAT.

ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR JOHN? UH, I KNOW JUST TO COMMENT THAT IT'S A BRILLIANT IDEA.

I MEAN, THE FACT THAT , I'M DELIGHTED BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A, I'M A GRADUATE OF LEADERSHIP OF HUSTON ESSENTIAL.

SO I HAVE A VERY SOFT SPOT FOR THEM.

I DO ENCOURAGE THEM ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS.

I, I, I'M LINKED UP WITH THEM IN MULTIPLE WAYS.

SO I'M DELIGHTED THAT THEY'RE TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE.

THEY'RE A VERY, VERY, UM, PROACTIVE ORGANIZATION YOU'RE HERE, WELL SAID, WELL SAID ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP, JOHN, UH, AND WORK ON THIS, UH, I GUESS SINCE YOU'VE MADE MENTION OF STAFF, IF IT MIGHT BE APPROPRIATE TO MAKE MENTION OF OTHER CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN THE CHAIR OFFICE, UM, I'M NOT SURE IF YOU INTENDED TO BRING THIS UP TODAY OR NOT, BUT, UH, COLEEN, UH, BILLY, UH, WHO HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL, UH, AND THE KEY PUT HE ROLE IN MAINTAINING, UH, G TOPS MARKETING, AS WELL AS, UH, HANDLING COMMUNICATIONS FOR DECA AND FOR, UH, THE DIGITAL INCLUSION LISTSERV AMONGST OTHER THINGS IS, UH, GOING TO BE GOING OFF TO GREENER PASTURES AND NO ONE'S GOING TO BE WITH US.

SO AS WE MAY BE GAINING SOMEONE, UH, IN HORTON FROM LUCIA BOSTON PROGRAM, BUT LOSING SOMEONE GREAT CALLING.

SO I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER WORK, UH, HERE AT THIS POINT IN OUR AGENDA, BUT THAT WILL CONTINUE.

UH, AND SPEAKING OF G CLASS, THAT'S A GOOD SEGUE BECAUSE,

[3.a. Grant for Technology Opportunities Program – Letters of Interest Received and Action on Grant Review Panel (Commission Discussion and Action, Jesse Rodriguez, Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs) ]

AND OUR AGENDA THREE, A UNDER NEW BUSINESS, WE NOW TRANSITION TO THE GRAND PRIX TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM AND, UH, THE LETTERS OF INTEREST RECEIVED AND ACTION ON THE GROUND REVIEW PANEL, UH, FOR DISCUSSION BY THE COMMISSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WE'LL KNOW, DEFINITELY ACTION.

AND THIS WILL BE LED BY JESSICA RODRIGUEZ, OF COURSE, OUR LIAISON, HELLO, COMMISSIONAIRES, JESSE RODRIGUEZ WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS.

I HAVE A LIGHTNING UPDATE ON G TOPS TODAY.

UM, FIRST I'LL DO A QUICK OVERVIEW OF WHERE WE ARE WITH THE LETTERS OF INTEREST, AND THEN I'LL GO INTO THE GRANT REVIEW PANEL ITEM, UH, FOR THE LETTERS OF INTEREST, AS YOU ALL MAY KNOW, THE, UH, SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSED, UH, JANUARY 8TH.

SO LAST FRIDAY.

UM, AND WE ACTUALLY HAD A BANNER YEAR OF APPLICATIONS WITH A TOTAL OF 37 LETTERS OF INTEREST FILED.

UM, THIS IS IN COMPARISON TO LAST YEAR, WE HAD 21 AND THE YEAR BEFORE THAT WE HAD 31.

SO THE MARKETING EFFORT, UH, LED BY COLLEEN AS CHAIR PITTS MENTIONED, WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL, UM, WITH A VERY HIGH NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE LETTER OF INTEREST THIS YEAR.

UM, WE ALSO HAD, UH, JUST BY WAY OF NOTE, ONE ORGANIZATION THAT WANTED TO FILE A, BUT DIDN'T GET THEIR, UH, APPLICATION OR THEIR LETTER OF INTEREST IN TIMELINE.

UM, THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE G TOPS APPLICATION PROCESS IS FOR, UH, THE SUBMISSION WINDOW FOR JANUARY 18TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 19TH.

SO ESSENTIALLY THE, UH, THE LETTERS OF THAT PEOPLE, THREE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE FILED LETTERS OF INTEREST, UM, WILL BE PUSHED AHEAD IN OUR GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO THE NEXT STAGE, UH, BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

AND, UH, THEY WILL THEN DIVE INTO THE PROCESS OF SUBMITTING A FULL APPLICATION, UH, ONTO THE, UH, GRANT REVIEW PANEL UPDATE.

UH, WE WERE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO HAVE A VOTE HERE ON THE APPLICANTS FOR, TO SERVE ON THE GRANT REVIEW PANEL.

UH, BUT WE EVALUATED LAST WEEK AND THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE HAD RECEIVED UP TO THAT POINT, UH, WEREN'T QUITE SUFFICIENT FOR US TO TAKE TO THIS MEETING.

AND WE ENGAGED IN A, UH, LATE IN THE WEEK, PUSH TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND NETWORKS TO GENERATE ADDITIONAL APPLICANTS.

UM, WE HAVE, SINCE THAT TIME GOTTEN UP TO A TOTAL OF 11 APPLICANTS FOR A PANEL,

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UH, THAT WE'RE WANTING TO SELECT SEVEN TO SERVE ON THE FULL PANEL.

AND ONE OF THOSE APPLICANTS WOULD BE AN EX-OFFICIO, UH, PARTICIPANT.

SO NONVOTING, SO WE HAVE, UH, APPROXIMATELY 10, UH, APPLICANTS IN THE SYSTEM AT THIS TIME.

SO THAT'S ACTUALLY A LOT BETTER THAN WE WERE EXPECTING TO HAVE BY TODAY.

UH, UH, WHEN WE MADE THIS DECISION LAST WEEK, WE WERE HOVERING AT AROUND FOUR OR FIVE APPLICANTS.

SO IT JUST WASN'T ENOUGH.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THE, THE LATE PUSH THAT WE HAD FOR ADDITIONAL APPLICANTS IS STARTING TO COME THROUGH.

UM, BUT WE DID ADVERTISE AN EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR FOLKS TO GET THEIR, UH, THEIR APPLICATIONS IN, UH, BY THE END OF JANUARY.

SO WE WANT TO LET THAT EXTENDED TIMEFRAME, UH, PASS BEFORE WE CLOSED THE WINDOW ON ADDITIONAL APPLICATE APPLICANTS TO SERVE ON THE PANEL.

UM, WITH ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, THAT'S A, THAT DOESN'T PUSH BACK OUR TIMELINE, ANY, BECAUSE THE, UH, THE SCHEDULED DATE FOR THE REVIEW PANEL TO BE SEATED AND TO RECEIVE THEIR GRANT REVIEW BINDERS IS FEBRUARY 23RD.

SO THAT'S AFTER OUR NEXT MEETING.

UM, SO NO, NO CHANGES TO THE OVERALL SCHEDULE, JUST A, WE WANTED TO ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO GET, UH, SOME MORE APPLICANT APPLICANTS IN, AND WITH THAT, THAT'S ALL OF MY UPDATES, BUT I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE, JESSE, UH, AND, UH, FOR RELAYING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT DO, ADMIT TO HAVING A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO THE, THE LARGE ACCOUNT FROM MY CONVERSATION WITH JOHN EARLIER TODAY.

UH, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS, SO CONSIDERING THE LIMITATIONS THAT COVID HAS PLACED ON US, UM, HOW ARE THESE GRANTS, UH, THE PROPOSALS, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO BE DOING IN THE NEXT YEAR, AND IS THIS ON IN-PERSON CLASSES OR REMOTE STUFF? CAN YOU TELL, JUST FROM THE LETTERS OF INTEREST, THE RANGE IS QUITE WIDE ON THE, THE VARIOUS TYPES OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE HAVE.

UM, NOW I, I HAD MET I'VE, I'VE SKIMMED THROUGH ALL 37 THAT WE HAVE, UH, I, I'M PROBABLY NOT ABLE TO RECALL, UH, ALL OF THEM.

I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT, UH, THE, THE, THE SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF THE APPLICATIONS HAVE TO DEAL WITH PROGRAMS THAT ARE TRYING TO PIVOT TO A REMOTE SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL.

SO, UH, JUST RECALLING SOME OFF THE TOP OF MY, UH, OFF THE TOP OF MY MIND, UH, YOU KNOW, THE THINGS LIKE, UH, TRYING TO PUT ON VIRTUAL, UH, MUSIC, UH, CONCERTS, FOR INSTANCE, AND TRAINING, UH, THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN HOW TO PULL TOGETHER MULTIPLE SOLO VIDEOS INTO A SINGLE, UH, UH, VIDEO STREAM, UH, AS AN EXAMPLE, UM, A NUMBER OF TRADITIONAL DIGITAL, DIGITAL LITERACY COURSES DELIVERED, UH, VIA ONLINE, UH, METHODS.

UM, ALL OF THE, ALL OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I, I, I RECALL HAVE TO DO WITH, UH, OUR, OUR PLANNING FOR REMOTE SERVICE DELIVERY.

UM, AND MANY OF THEM, UH, AS YOU MIGHT SUSPECT, ARE, UH, PREPARING, UH, FOR A PIVOT BACK TO IN-PERSON SERVICE DELIVERY.

UH, SHOULD WE REACH THAT OVER THE NEXT, UH, YOU KNOW, COURSE OF A YEAR, UM, BUT, UH, THEY ALL SEEM TO BE PREPARED FOR A REMOTE MODEL AS WELL.

THANK YOU, JESSICA, BECAUSE I HOPE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION CONTRIBUTES.

YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, GREAT.

GREAT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR, UH, JESSE? OKAY.

WITH THAT, THEN A GOOD JOB, JESSE, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THE PROGRAM AND EVERYTHING AS USUAL

[4.a. Digital Inclusion, Civic Engagement, and Strategic Technology and Telecom Policy Working Group ]

WOULD PROCEED IN OUR AGENDA TO AGENDA ITEM FOUR, A, WHICH IS THE VISUAL INCLUSION, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOM POLICY, UH, WORKING GROUP.

AND THE MAIN THING THAT I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO HAS ALREADY BEEN SPOKEN TO.

AND IT'S KIND OF, UH, ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES THAT HAVE OF, OF GOING FIRST AFTER WE HAVE AN UPDATE RELATED TO JAKE'S HOUSE, BECAUSE THAT IS OF COURSE, ONE OF THE MAIN FOCUSES OF THIS WORKING GROUP AND TO REITERATE SOME OF THE THINGS FROM THE DISCUSSION I HAD WITH JOHN EARLIER TODAY, UM, WE HAD A BRIEF DISCUSSION FOCUSED SPECIFICALLY ON GTALKS

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AND WE MIGHT, MAY OR MAY NOT NEED TO DO, UH, TO BOOST THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT REVIEWERS, UH, SPECIFIC PARTICULAR.

WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW PRESENTLY GRANT REVIEWERS ARE VOLUNTEERS, AND YET, AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE HAVE, UH, INCREASED THE CAPABILITIES AND CAPACITY OF THIS GRANT.

WE DOUBLED THE FUNDING AMOUNT, UH, AND WE'VE INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF APPLICANTS WHICH INCREASES THE, UH, THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE THAT THE REVIEWERS PLAY.

AND IT WAS A SUGGESTION THAT I HAD THAT WE MIGHT WANT TO ENTERTAIN PAYING THESE GRANT REVIEWERS, UH, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN A CERTAIN LEVEL, UH, SERVICE LEVEL, UH, OF EXPECTATION.

UH, AT THIS POINT, JOHN HAS AGREED TO, UH, ENGAGE RESOURCES TO DETERMINE HOW WE'VE MANAGED THAT TYPE OF TRANSITION IN THE PAST, IF WE'VE DONE THAT, UH, I BELIEVE IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.

AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO LOOK AT SOME PRECEDENT TO ESTABLISH HOW WE MIGHT PAY THAT WAY.

UH, BUT THAT WAS THE FOCUS OF OUR DISCUSSION TODAY IN THE CONFERENCE CALL, UH, THAT OF COURSE, AND, UH, BRIEFLY THAT THE STAFFING CHANGES THAT WERE GOING TO BE MADE.

SO MY HOPE IS THAT REALLY THIS WORKING GROUP, UH, WILL CONTINUE AS IT'S BEEN DOING TO, YOU KNOW, FOCUS ON THE COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES AND THE MULTIPLICATION EFFECT OPPORTUNITIES.

UH, THE WORK OF COURSE, WITH CONNECTION TEST ATX AND SPEED UP AMERICA IS CLEARLY INTERSECTIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORKING GROUPS.

AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY IN OUR LAST WORKING GROUP SESSION OR THIS WORKING GROUP, IT INCLUDED COMMISSIONERS EATS AND PERMISSION DASGUPTA WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED INTIMATELY FROM THE INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP SIDE ON RELAYING THEIR