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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Telecommunications, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland


Portland needs to plan for broadband development and take steps to ensure these plans are implemented. In order to implement Portland's land use and economic development goals, broadband must be accessible to all users. This means that any home or business must have access to the best available network technology to meet their needs. Currently, broadband service is not provided at uniform levels City-wide. It must be affordable, which requires real competition among providers. Portland's market presently offers too few choices outside the central business district to meet this criterion. In addition, broadband must be adaptable to future uses. Without investments in new network elements, Portland homes and businesses may not have access to the infrastructure necessary for tomorrow's broadband applications in a timely manner. Portland should proceed towards better broadband deployment in three phases: evaluation, planning and deployment.

This report recommends that Portland should establish a Broadband Taskforce composed of planners, economic development specialists, and telecommunications industry personnel to identify specific needs and evaluate best practices to meet these needs. The City will need to take inventory of all broadband networks in operation in the City and assess their ability to meet Portland's current and long-term needs.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler and Ethan Seltzer.


Client: the City of Portland


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