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MEETING:  Grants Opportunities for Broadband Internet on Tiller Trail Hwy.

DATE:   Friday, Octorber 15th. TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Tiller Ranger District

27812 Tiller Trail Hwy, Tiller, OR 97484



  1. We need to have broadband internet in Tiller as a universal solution to have access to healthcare, enhance worker safety, quality of life and quality of social relationships.
  2. Broadband internet will allow us to have real-time connectivity with global business partners, for stronger economic growth.
  3. Broadband internet technologies to:
    • Save lives during emergency evacuations, with a public safety network, evacuation plans, and improve the deployment of rescue robots in dangerous situations. Controlled by specialists, these robots can receive orders using low latency communications, and carry out work precisely without the need to put any person in danger.
    • Improve both access to health care, and the quality of care with telehealth.
    • Enhance economic prosperity with job creations.
    • Improve a healthy life expectancy.
    • Increase our chances of success in eCommerce businesses with telepresence, and distance education.

Natural disasters like wildfires, floods, and hurricanes often touch multiple locations, and they almost always involve users of more than one wireless network. How easy is it for first responders on one network to communicate with those on another? The answer may be different in each actual emergency, but public safety officials are pushing carriers to ensure that priority and preemption work across networks. 

Priority means public safety traffic is handled before commercial traffic, so during an emergency, a person’s calls to relatives might connect more slowly than calls to first responders, or calls between first responders. Network operators can implement different levels of priority, and public safety entities using FirstNet can boost priority levels during a crisis.

The police and fire, EMS, and town leaders regardless of their underlying network provider, to have pure interoperability around priority level, around preemption level, around mission-critical push-to-talk capabilities across networks.

In rural America, broadband technologies will enhance wireless communications systems to coordinate emergency services.  The broadband internet will also bring reliable, high bandwidth speeds to areas that typically lack coverage, and in turn, enable new precision agriculture capabilities on farm equipment leveraging real-time connectivity.

Low-latency broadband networks will play big roles in agriculture and health care, two big rural industries. Low-latency networks let fewer farmers grow more crops more efficiently, for better yields and higher profits. Smart Farms will be studded with sensors that collect data to feedback to machinery. Farmers will have full views of all their crops, all the time.


Cathy Minor & U.S. Forest firefighters: Umpqua National Forest District Ranger

Stanley J. Petrowski: Founder and President/Director of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership.

Winston Hoang: Developer/Solutions Architect

Kevin Kehoe: Fire Chief of Tiller Rural Fire District

Steven Woods: Super Intendent / Principle Days Creek Charter School.

Alex Campbell: Regional Solutions Coordinator, Office of Governor Brown

Representatives from various Telecommunication Companies.