Governor Little launches effort to improve Idaho’s broadband infrastructure statewide

Thursday May 23, 2019

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest executive order today, establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho.

“In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy,” Governor Little said. “Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned to attract business and enhance our citizens’ quality of life.”

Governor Little directed the task force to come up with recommendations by November on ways the state can assist in furthering Idaho’s connectivity and speeds. Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey will chair the task force. The group will focus its efforts on mapping Idaho’s existing services and identifying gaps in Idaho’s broadband infrastructure. The mapping effort is the first step in developing a statewide broadband plan.

“For Idahoans to continue to realize commercial growth and better lives, they must have access to reliable broadband infrastructure and service,” Director Kealey said. “The Idaho Broadband Task Force intends to directly address connectivity gaps and low-speed service and provide recommendations to the Governor that will allow Idaho citizens, businesses and communities to continue on a trajectory of success.”

The task force plans to meet four times before October and provide a final report to the Governor in November.

The task force is made up of government officials, internet providers, satellite providers, cellular providers, industry representatives, universities, and representatives from the tribes, counties, and cities. In addition, the task force includes Representatives Megan Blanksma (R-Hammett) and Mat Erpelding (D-Boise) as well as Senators Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum) and Carl Crabtree (R-Grangeville).

Executive Order 2019-07 can be found at this link: https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2019/05/eo-2019-07.pdf

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