Franklin County Broadband Partnership


Published on

Franklin County\'s public-private partnership with B2X Online, Inc. to deploy a wireless mesh network to serve broadband to County facilities and citizens.

Published in: Technology, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Franklin County Broadband Partnership

  1. 1. Project Overview Broadband Deployment Partnership Franklin County, Virginia Sandie Terry, I/T Director
  2. 2. Franklin County’s Project Goals <ul><li>Expand broadband services throughout the County and connect all remote agency offices to the County’s wide-area network </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Public Safety Radio system upgrade to capitalize on tower infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Connect all fire and rescue stations for public safety data sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Expand broadband options for citizens </li></ul>
  3. 3. Process <ul><li>Conduct a broadband assessment to document existing offerings and service areas </li></ul><ul><li>Work with WISP to identify areas of highest broadband demand </li></ul><ul><li>Compare remote agency locations, fire/rescue station locations, and areas of demand to highlight priority locations </li></ul><ul><li>Work with WISP to plan deployment and identify available/needed infrastructure </li></ul>WISP : W ireless I nternet S ervice P rovider
  4. 4. Step 1: Broadband Assessment <ul><li>Contracted consultants to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elicit and document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>current service providers, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>their services and delivery method, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pricing structure, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>accessibility and reliability within different geographic regions of the County </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain coordinates and map broadband service areas as a layer in GIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a broadband report with findings and present to County stakeholders </li></ul></ul>Fall 2004 Spring 2005
  5. 5. Broadband Assessment Findings <ul><li>Franklin County had many different types of broadband service providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DSL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satellite </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pricing of services are competitive with other localities </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage was good in Rocky Mount and some areas of Smith Mountain Lake. </li></ul><ul><li>Most underserved were southwest and northwest areas of the County </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cable Franchise CABLE Routes
  7. 7. Southside Fiber Backbone (MBC)
  8. 8. Sprint (Embarq) DSL
  9. 9. Step 2: WISP Partnership Search <ul><li>RFP for Wireless Network published June 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County has a need to network several geographically separated government and semi-government facilities (fire, rescue, libraries, parks & recreation, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provider should offer broadband Internet access to private and commercial customers in the County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The network is to be designed, implemented, owned and maintained by provider </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County offers tower and infrastructure space in exchange for equipment/services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T1 or better throughput </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Winning Proposal <ul><li>B2X Online, Inc of Salem, Va. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small but aggressive, local company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong desire to “make a difference” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized the need for last mile connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluated all brands of equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developed a strong relationship with Motorola </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Had already established connectivity and services in Salem </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Towers and B2X’s Coverage
  12. 12. B2X Redundant Wireless Network
  13. 13. Impact of Partnership with B2X Online <ul><li>January 2005 B2X Online presence in Franklin County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 locations (small towers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 businesses served </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summer of 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>14 towers and 1 additional under construction (AEP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>143 businesses served </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1000+ residential customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 County buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still have waiting list for remote areas of County </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Technology <ul><li>Really B2X’s area but we do know…… </li></ul><ul><li>They use Motorola Canopy which is line-of-sight (LOS) and some near line-of-sight (NLOS) </li></ul><ul><li>UNI-band – or all the unlicensed wireless frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Distances: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 miles for the back haul (LOS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 miles standard on subscriber (LOS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3-5 miles on 900mhz (NLOS) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Funding? <ul><li>Homeland Security grant money for connecting fire/rescue stations ($50k) </li></ul><ul><li>Pay for 3-5 years of services up front ($18K) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>assists provider by funding equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows provider to realize a profit before revisiting the agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total County general fund investment ~ $83k </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative!! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Assess current broadband options (what do you have?) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify underserved areas with greatest demand (WISP can assist with demand assessment) </li></ul><ul><li>Determine locality broadband goals before searching for partner </li></ul><ul><li>Setup infrastructure (tower, water tanks, etc.) agreement with provider before deployment </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining tower space on private land requires a lot of time!! (easements, etc.) </li></ul>