The Idaho Broadband Advisory Board (IBAB) has finalized a statewide strategic plan for structuring, prioritizing, and dispensing grants from the Idaho Broadband Fund. IBAB aims to serve 100% of Idaho businesses and homes with broadband speeds of at least 100 megabits per second minimum for download and 20 megabits per second for upload speed by 2027.
IBAB intends the plan to serve as a roadmap for closing Idaho’s digital divide. IBAB also emphasizes the importance of engaging in partnerships with local governments to achieve broadband goals.
When reading the plan, watch for references to “community anchor institutions.” This encompassing term is meant to reference local government facilities and public safety entities in addition to other community-centered organizations. Also keep an eye out for the terms “Municipal Network” (which references networks owned fully or partially by local governments), and “Public/Private Partnership” (which references a group of public and private entities that form a consortium to provide affordable, sustainable, and reliable broadband infrastructure and service.)
IBAB’s next meeting is scheduled for June 28, 2022.
View the strategic plan here.