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On the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast, Virginia’s secretary of technology highlights broadband efforts and lays out her vision for its future in the Commonwealth.
Jake Williams is currently the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, based in Washington, D.C., where h...
In Virginia, broadband is an area where the state has little to no control — but that doesn’t stop state Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson from trying.
“The biggest challenge [with broadband] is that it’s one of those areas where we have little to no control,” Jackson says on the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast. “Broadband is an unregulated service, so the ability to force or coerce or try to drive deployment in an environment that is very much driven by stakeholders, shareholders and the market is a very daunting task.”
In response, Jackson and her team look to improve broadband coverage however it can — through partnerships, and — in some cases — just getting out of the way.
“We’ve done some work with our schools to look at cooperative buying so each one is not going out on their own, and you can do it more in a consolidated fashion and get some benefits of an economy of scale,” Jackson says. “We’re resorting to trying to be as creative as possible, take down barriers where we can, try to get out of deployments where we can and make our assets available.”
Jackson says the state government evaluates its own infrastructure — buildings, towers and the like, to make sure that it can be a facilitator between the private sector broadband industry and the state’s residents who need service.
“All of these are things we’re having to look at because the traditional assumption that the market will eventually get there just isn’t going to hold when the places that are left to be connected are truly the farthest out, the hardest to reach and the most expensive to reach,” Jackson says.
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