Florida Rural Broadband Alliance

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  • 1. Florida Rural Broadband Alliance
    www.WeConnectFlorida.com
  • 2.
  • 3. What is FRBA?
    A LLC, a private business entity
    New Middle Mile broadband infrastructure
    Connect providers of vital public sector commercial services with private sector non-profit entities
    Broadband to two regions with only 39 % of people has access to broadband service
  • 4. Who Owns FRBA
    Opportunity Florida in Florida’s Northwest Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (NWRACEC)
    Florida Heartland (FHREDI) in South Central Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (SCRACEC)
  • 5. Regional & Local Governments’ Members
    Florida’s Heartland REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative)
    Opportunity Florida
    Holmes County
    Washington County
    Jackson County
    Gadsden County
    Calhoun County
    Liberty County
    Gulf County
    Franklin County
  • 12. Entities Graph
  • 13. Florida’s Heartland
    www.flaheartland.com
  • 14. How is FRBA funded?
    2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act “Stimulus Money”
    August 2010 - Network to be completed 2013
    ~$24 million in total
     + 30 % match cash of in-kind assets & services
    Private Partners:
  • 15. What is Middle Mile?
    Infrastructure for the Internet.
    Connects the core network to local network.
    Provides Internet backbone & wholesale services for Last Mile providers
  • 16. Middle Mile
  • 17. FRBA Middle Mile
    Exception: Can provide Last Mile to “Anchor Institutions”
    Health organization
    Education
    Social Service
    Library & Schools
    Nonprofit organizations
  • 18. Time Plan
    All dates are preliminary
    Updates will be published
    12 to 18 month
    = Mid to End of 2012
  • 19. Round Two Submission – Network Diagram
    • Preliminary Network designs
    • 20. Met all required standards for Grant Application
    • 21. Incorporates 77 points of interconnection for Anchor Institutions and Local Access Providers
  • Network Design FHREDIRegion
  • 22. Network
  • 23. South Region Network
  • 24. Opportunity & Connection
  • 25. Learn more
    www.weconnectflorida.com
    FHREDI
    www.flaheartland.com 
    863-385-4900
  • 26. Questions & Comment?