Rural Broadband Initiative

Mr. Giannini is adamant about expanding high-speed internet in Warren County. Out of all the candidates in the race for Commissioner, he has the greatest experience related to technology and network development. Please read more below.

Paul Giannini for CommissionerMr. Giannini has worked for over 18 years in the Information Technology (IT) field and has extensive experience working on various internet networks and systems. From 1999 to 2008 he worked in the telecommunications industry developing new broadband and smart grid technologies in the Washington D.C. area. That included the development of technologies to allow internet service to be provided through power line systems. No candidate in this field has more technology experience, and that’s what it’s going to take to tackle the issue of broadband penetration in our rural community.

“I am ready to serve and produce for the people of Warren County. Please vote for Jeff and me in the May 21st primary election. This community needs real leadership and we’ll do everything we can to work hard and grow Warren County.”

Three Step Plan-of-Action:

Step 1 - Broadband Coalition

First, we need to put together a comprehensive coalition of public and private entities that have a stake in building out broadband technology. That would include tech companies and industry leaders which would stand to benefit from a comprehensive buildout.

Step 2 - Comprehensive Plan

Second, we would put together a comprehensive plan to create an authority or some other entities to manage the broadband buildout and would allow everyone in Warren County to benefit. This would include a step-by-step buildout.

Step 3 - Draw Federal Support

Third, we’d apply for federal funding (based on our plan), which is available for broadband infrastructure projects, and draw down those federal dollars to do a buildout. Local funding is not enough to cover the extensive costs of broadband expansion.

Benefits to Expanding High-Speed Internet Access:

Expanded access to high-speed Internet generates major economic growth and rapid job creation. High-speed connections accelerate business development by providing new opportunities for innovation, expansion, and e-commerce. Connected communities create wealth and opportunity by attracting businesses that want to locate in areas with a strong broadband presence.

High-speed Internet breaks down the barriers of distance and time, allowing residents of rural areas to participate in economic and civic life far beyond their geographic region. Communications made possible by broadband technology eliminates the logistical constraints of regionally-based business models, allowing businesses in isolated areas to compete with their big-city counterparts.

Having the skills to use a computer and navigate the Internet – often referred to as “digital literacy” – allows people to benefit more fully from high speed Internet. Digitally literate Americans are more attractive to prospective employers, and businesses comfortable with digital technology are more economically competitive. 

High speed Internet enhances every level of education from kindergarten through high school to college to graduate school. Advances in information and communications technology means that education is no longer confined to the classroom. New broadband-enabled educational tools allow for remote collaboration among fellow students on projects, videoconferences with teachers and real-time video exploration of faraway areas. The educational advantage possible with high speed Internet has become indispensable to students preparing to enter the 21st Century workforce.

The potential for using high-speed Internet technology to help expand access and quality of health care in the United States is enormous. The use of advanced communications technology to transmit medical data and imaging in real-time, while linking patients to providers for direct consultation, removes geographical barriers and allows people to receive the medical care they need when and where it’s needed.