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Driving Business Development and Innovation


Driving Business Development and Innovation a presentation by Bill Coleman to the Northern Regional Broadband Networks Forum in Duluth in October 2011. Presentation outlines Middle Mile broadband …

Driving Business Development and Innovation a presentation by Bill Coleman to the Northern Regional Broadband Networks Forum in Duluth in October 2011. Presentation outlines Middle Mile broadband access in Northern Minnesota

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Middle and Last Mile Networks: Connecting the Northland to Each Other and to the World Bill Coleman Community Technology Advisors [email_address] 651-491-2551
    • Connecting the Region to the World
  • 4. Middle Mile Networks –
    • Connecting national backbone networks to retail broadband providers
    • Wholesale function
    • Types of Middle Mile Services
      • Bandwidth
        • Ethernet Connections
        • Internet Access
      • Virtual Private Networks
      • Dark Fiber lease
      • Remote Servers, Data Storage, Disaster Recovery
      • Cloud Computing
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  • 7. ARRA Funded Middle Mile Projects
    • Funded through Department of Commerce NTIA via grants and local match (either public, private or combination)
    • Constructed to serve public sector community institutions
    • Built with the capacity to serve public and private sectors
    • Must be “open access”
      • All users will have access to all lawful internet content
      • Providers must post all network management policies online
      • Providers must provide settlement-free peering arrangements
      • Providers must create interconnections at both a physical and electronic layer
  • 8. ARRA Funded Middle Mile Networks
    • Northeast Service Coop – NE MN Middle Mile Fiber Project
      • Serves public and non-profit entities in eight counties of St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Koochiching, Carlton, Pine, Itasca, and Aitkin. Open access for private sector ISP use.
      • $43 Million dollar project, 50% grant, 50% loan
    • Enventis - Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project
      • Construction of fiber from Duluth-Superior to the Twin Cities and Brainerd to Moorhead serving 36 rural communities in 23 counties.
  • 9. ARRA Funded Middle Mile Networks
    • Merit Network 3MC Project
      • Connecting Duluth-Superior to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Detroit and Chicago
    • University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development
      • Internet II
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  • 12. Existing Middle Mile Fiber Networks
    • Charter
      • Duluth/Superior, Twin Cities, Brainerd, Michigan UP
    • Enventis
      • Duluth, Twin Cities, Mankato, Rochester
    • Paul Bunyan Telephone
      • Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Duluth, International Falls, connections to Zayo
    • Mediacom (no map)
      • Range Cities, Carlton County
    • Frontier Communications (no map)
      • East Range Cities, Carlton County, Twin Cities
    • Qwest/CenturyLink (no map)
      • Duluth, Range Cities, Cloquet, Twin Cities
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    • Connecting Us to Each Other, Gateway to the World
  • 18. ARRA Last Mile Projects
    • Projects Funded through USDA Rural Utility Service via various combinations of loans and grants
    • Predominantly Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Projects with some Fiber to the Node (FTTN) and Wireless Projects
    • Must also be open access
  • 19. Funded ARRA Last Mile Projects
    • Cook County via Arrowhead Electric Association
      • Coverage – all of Cook County where electric service is provided
      • Finance - $11.3 million loan, $4.8 million grant
    • Lake County
      • Coverage – All of Lake County, eastern St. Louis County
      • Finance - $56 million loan, $10 million grant
  • 20. Regional Broadband Coverage – Minnesota 3 Mb or better Blue is mobile wireless Pale green has no service
  • 21. Density of Unserved Areas
  • 22. Unserved Areas – Douglas County (in brown)
  • 23. Prospective Paths Forward on Last Mile
    • Incremental improvements from existing providers
      • In NE MN, CenturyLink and Frontier
      • In NW WI, primarily CenturyLink
    • CLEC investments from expanding providers
    • Community broadband planning efforts
      • Cloquet River Valley – St. Louis County
      • Trout Lake Township – Itasca County
      • NESC/Blandin Foundation USDA RUS Planning Grant
        • City of Cloquet
        • Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe
        • City of Cook
        • Balkan Township
    • Prospective state strategies
    • Prospective revisions in federal policy
      • Universal Service Funds
      • Access Charges
    • Wireless