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Brent Christensen – Christensen Communications - talks about the state of small telcos in MN a presentation to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force, December 2008

Brent Christensen – Christensen Communications - talks about the state of small telcos in MN a presentation to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force, December 2008

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  • 1. Where Are We Now? A Small Telco perspective
  • 2. WHO ARE WE?
    • Family owned companies (30)
    • Cooperatives (29)
    • Independently owned companies (12)
    • Municipally owned ILEC’s (2)
    We serve 50% of the geographical area of the State and 10% of the access lines
  • 3. WHERE ARE WE COMING FROM?
    • Traditional Telephone Company History
    • Buried outside plant in 1972
    • We had three lines of business, local, long distance, and telephone equipment (and we thought that was a lot).
  • 4. WHERE ARE WE TODAY?
    • Migrating our Central Office from TDM to IP
    • Migrated our IP Backbone from T-1’s to Ethernet.....making it more scalable.
    • Deploying fiber ringed cabinets in the rural part of our exchange. We will be able to deploy more services farther.
    • Working on deploying IPTV
  • 5. WHERE ARE WE TODAY?
    • Buried fiber from Madelia to existing business telephone system customers in St. James.
  • 6. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO BE TOMORROW?
    • Continue to migrate our IP Backbone from Ethernet, to GigE.
    • Replace the copper loops from the cabinets with fiber loops
    • Deploy fiber to residential customers in St. James. Draw on economies of scale.
  • 7. WHAT DO I THINK THE NETWORK WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?
    • There will be a pipe to the premise in which we will deliver the Internet and applications such as: Broadcast TV and voice services
    • There has to be a wireless overlay to give the customer seamless connectivity to all of the services they have at home and work.
  • 8. QUESTIONS?