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Bringing Broadband to your Rural Community NACO Legislative Conference March, 2014. The Rural Challenge. Public/Private Partnership. Lack of affordable broadband and competition Driving away jobs and investment New Business Model needed to solve the infrastructure and access problem.

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Bringing broadband to your rural community naco legislative conference march 2014

Bringing Broadband to your Rural CommunityNACO Legislative ConferenceMarch, 2014



Public private partnership
Public/Private Partnership

  • Lack of affordable broadband and competition

  • Driving away jobs and investment

  • New Business Model needed to solve the infrastructure and access problem


Some key challenges
Some Key Challenges

  • Incumbent Providers viewed any public investment in fiber infrastructure as a competitive threat

  • Political will to test new business model in rural region

  • Governance model to keep efficient operations, yet involve local stakeholders




Cost benefits to rural region
Cost Benefits to Rural Region

OC3: $174/Mbps

OC12: $61/Mbps


Business model evolution
Business Model Evolution

  • Open-Access Policy for entire network

  • Not selecting last-mile technology

  • Private sector participation

  • Flat-rate wholesale pricing

  • Regulatory partnerships for rights of way and access

  • Focus on what’s best for community, not profit motive

  • Provide incentives for “public use fiber”


Measuring success
Measuring Success

  • Microsoft invested US$1B in new data center, 250 jobs

  • ICF International, 532 jobs operational support center

  • Hewlett Packard: $400M investment, 120 jobs

  • New Telecom & Wireless ISP’s to serve region

    • 45 carriers

  • Broadband availability

    • 2004: 60%

    • 2013: 90%

  • Sustainable Revenues



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