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Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County. May 10, 2007 Joanne Hovis, President ©CTC 2007. Project Scope. Evaluate and Assess Broadband Market Identify broadband providers Residential Business including high-capacity transport

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broadband assessment and connectivity report carroll county

Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County

May 10, 2007

Joanne Hovis,

©CTC 2007

project scope
Project Scope
  • Evaluate and Assess Broadband Market
    • Identify broadband providers
      • Residential
      • Business including high-capacity transport
    • Identify broadband deployment issues
  • Develop Recommendations for the Future
    • Local goals
    • Other community broadband initiatives
carroll county goals
Carroll County Goals

Statement - insufficient broadband infrastructure and competition

  • Goals
    • Innovation
    • Job growth
    • Economic development
    • Education
carroll county objectives
Carroll County Objectives
  • Small business creation and growth
  • Support businesses with high bandwidth needs
  • Attract and retain businesses
  • Promote workforce education
  • Support telework and home-based businesses
  • Enhance County’s image
  • Promote major development initiatives such as revitalization zones and technology parks
carroll county broadband issues
Carroll CountyBroadband Issues
  • Universal availability
  • Affordability
  • Symmetrical speeds
  • Bandwidth
  • Rural exclusion
  • Knowledge of service availability
universal availability
Universal Availability
  • Cable
    • Businesses
    • Rural areas
  • DSL
    • Businesses
    • Residences
    • Rural areas
  • High capacity access
    • Large businesses
  • Wireless
  • Lack of competition
  • Affordability of satellite services
  • High cost of business-use enhanced circuits
symmetrical speeds
Symmetrical Speeds
  • Need for symmetrical speeds
    • Small to medium-size business
    • Home-based businesses
  • Lack of very-high bandwidth offerings for larger businesses
rural exclusion
Rural Exclusion
  • Significant gap between dense population areas and rural locations
knowledge of service availability
Knowledge of Service Availability
  • Provider reliance on the Internet to market products and services
    • Potential customers without Internet access have limited to no access to this information
  • Broadband initiatives
  • Private-Sector partnerships
  • Market research
  • Franchising
  • Providers and consumers communication
  • Communications planning
  • Public wireless strategy
  • Development zone fiber strategy
  • Fiber and conduit infrastructure
broadband initiatives
Broadband Initiatives
  • Government, medical, educational and business data transport services
  • Low-cost, introductory level wireless products
  • Homeland security and public safety networks
  • Dark fiber initiatives
  • Any opportunities that optimize the connectivity infrastructure
initiatives cont
Initiatives cont.
  • Municipal broadband project financing
  • Construction, equipment, and integration services pricing
  • Service provider interest
  • Public and community group interest
private sector partnerships
Private-Sector Partnerships
  • Explore a partnership with service providers
    • Power company
    • Other facilities-based companies with conduit or fiber
market research
Market Research
  • Survey market potential
    • Broadband need
    • Features desired
    • Prices market can absorb
  • Develop a Model Franchise Agreement and Ordinance
  • Institute a web-based permit application submission
  • Develop an expedited plan and permit review process
  • Institute an electronic permitting procedure
  • Expedite the inspection process
provider communications
Provider Communications
  • Facilitate distribution of provider information
  • Initiate a consumer education campaign
  • Form provider partnerships to jointly promote services
communications planning
Communications Planning
  • Seek economic development opportunities by working directly with developers
    • Joint strategy meetings
public wireless strategy
Public Wireless Strategy
  • Initiative private-public partnership study
    • County Network
    • Municipal Network
    • Private Network
  • Identify communications needs
  • Establish a formal process
development zone fiber strategy
Development Zone Fiber Strategy
  • Key areas
    • Westbranch Trade Center
    • MD Route 97/Air Business Center
fiber and conduit infrastructure
Fiber and Conduit Infrastructure
  • Use every opportunity to maximize fiber and conduit infrastructure
    • Countywide fiber optic policy
    • Municipal collaboration
  • Broadband key driver of future economic development
  • Private-sector networks not meeting bandwidth demand in an affordable manner
  • Partnerships hold the key to a successful broadband project

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