Broadband Action Teams Forming

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is forming county-level Broadband Action Teams (BATs) in Union and Wallowa counties. Our approach is based on Washington State University Extension’s effective model to foster stakeholder collaboration to improve broadband planning and deployment. BATs are diverse, multi-stakeholder groups that discuss broadband challenges and opportunities, leading to greater awareness, access, and adoption.

Purpose

The purpose of NEOEDD’s Broadband Action Teams is to improve broadband usability and versatility in NE Oregon and increase collaboration across sectors and interests.

Role of BATs

  • Identify areas of need
  • Promote participation in broadband testing and/or surveys
  • Identify planned infrastructure investments and shovel-ready projects
  • Identify remaining gaps in service
  • Identify steps needed to address service gaps
  • Identify community/business broadband adoption obstacles and solutions
  • Connect with statewide broadband service providers and experts
  • Connect projects to funding opportunities
  • Provide support for funding applications

How to Get Involved

Join one of the upcoming BAT meetings via Zoom. The first meetings of the BATs will take place:

November 30 – 1:00 p.m. – Wallowa County BAT – Zoom Link

December 2 – noon – Union County BAT – Zoom Link

Have questions about participating on the BAT, contact lisadawson@neoedd.org or jackbarnicle@neoedd.org or call 541-426-3598.