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Florida Rural Broadband Alliance

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Florida Rural Broadband Alliance

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

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