Broadband

Deschutes County Broadband Needs Assessment

& Action Plan

Internet access is critical economic development infrastructure. This is particularly the case in regions like Central Oregon with a fast-growing technology sector and a large and fast-growing number of remote workers. This need was further exemplified and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent transition to remote learning, remote health, and web-based business and employment models.

All communities and regions should be assessing their current broadband capacity against current and future projected needs for business and economic development, health, and education/training; and identifying public-private partnerships and other actions to improve broadband capacity to meet priority identified needs. Further, communities and regions should be prepared with prioritized infrastructure and access needs in order to maximize new state, federal, philanthropic and private infrastructure investments.

To this end, COIC is managing the development of a Strategic Broadband Needs Assessment, Feasibility Study, and Action Plan for Deschutes County. The primary objective of this project is to provide a strategic and prioritized plan using industry experts and stakeholders to identify broadband needs within Deschutes County. This plan will assist in determining the optimal systems, including hybrid solutions, that will serve the existing and future connection demands into and out of Deschutes County. The outcome of this plan will create a roadmap to identify broadband opportunities by studying geographical terrain, evaluating current assets, and assessing community needs. Reliable internet connection, especially during pandemics and other emergency situations like fires and floods, is needed more than ever. 

About the Deschutes Broadband Action Team (BAT)

COIC has convened a Broadband Action Team (BAT) to oversee the plan development process and to ensure that all relevant partners understand and embrace the findings, and are well-positioned to support implementation. The BAT includes representatives from Deschutes County, COIC, EDCO, Regional Solutions, Internet Service Providers, Business Oregon, utility providers, chambers of commerce, education partners, health partners, and cities. COIC will continue to maintain engagement with statewide entities such as the Business Oregon Broadband Office, LinkOregon, and Oregon Economic Development Districts (OEDD) to ensure that Central Oregon’s priorities are understood by key partners, and to align our work with best practices happening across the state. The first task of the Deschutes BAT will be to select a qualified consultant to develop the plan via an RFP procurement. 

State:

Rep. Daniel Bonham, State of Oregon

Annette Liebe, Regional Solutions

County:

Joe Sadony, Deschutes County

Catherine Jasper, Deschutes County Library

Cities:

Ben Hemson/Stephanie Betteridge, City of Bend

Geoff Wullschlager, City of La Pine

Michael Preedin, City of Sisters

Chambers of Commerce:

Ann Gawith, La Pine Chamber

Eric Sande, Redmond Chamber

Jennifer Gordon, Bend Chamber

Economic Development:

Don Myll, EDCO

Capi Lewis, Business Oregon

Emergency Management:

John Spring, Deschutes County 911

Transportation:

Dave Hirsch, ODOT

Internet Service Providers:

Dick Luebke, Sunriver Homeowner’s Association & Mid-State Electric Co-op

Josh Richesin, Sureline Broadband

Joseph Franell, Blue Mountains Network

Leif Hanson/Mark Myers, LS Networks

Gail Long/Nicole Christensen, TDS  

Peter Gose, Lumen

Agriculture:

Jennifer Oppenlander, OSU Extension

John Holman, USDA

Education:

Kelly Sparks, OSU-Cascades

Rutila Galvan-Rodriquez, HDESD

Laurie Chesley, COCC

Medical:

Lindsey Stailing, Mosaic Medical

The Deschutes BAT regular meeting schedule has not yet been established. The kickoff meeting of the BAT occured on February 9th, 2022. Meeting materials will be posted here approximately one week before each meeting. 

June 8, 2022: Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notes

May 11, 2022: Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notes

March 18, 2022: Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notes

February 9, 2022: Meeting Packet and Meeting Notes

General resources for businesses and employees: Central Oregon SOS - Support for Employees and Employers

SBA programs:

 

OSU Innovation Lab

Oregon State University Cascades Innovation Co-Lab

Opportunity Knocks- A fantastic 

Opportunity Knocks

 

 

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Bend, OR 97701
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541-923-3416 fax

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