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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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Driving Business Development and Innovation

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