Briefing on North Carolina Next Generation Project


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On May 2, 2013, Ramon Padilla, deputy CIO at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave a briefing on the NC Next Generation Project, an effort to bring one gigabit speed internet service to the Triangle.

NOTE: On the last slide, the year 2012 should read 2013 and the year 2013 should read 2014.

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Briefing on North Carolina Next Generation Project

  1. 1. Ramon Padilla Jr.Associate Vice Chancellor for IT & Deputy CIOUNC Chapel Hillhttp://NCNGN.NET
  2. 2. Focus on University CommunitiesUniversity communities are incubators of networked-based innovationsDemand forBandwidth=GreatestPositive Impactof NetworkAccess Due toInnovationCulture andMajor UseCases (HealthCare, Startups)=Greatest
  3. 3. NCNGN – A Regional GigU Initiative• Six municipalities, four universities– Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Winston/Salem– Duke, NC-State, UNC-CH & Wake Forest• Started collaboration reaching out to local chamber of commerceand governments.• Worked with Triangle-J Council of Governments– Group that promotes collaboration of municipalities• Focused on economic development and digital divide• Used an open RFP process to attract widest possible solutions andvendors
  4. 4. NCNGN Goals• Create a gigabit, fiber network to foster innovation, drive jobcreation, stimulate economic growth, and serve new areas ofdevelopment in the community;• Provide an open access architectural framework that maximizeswholesale and retail service delivery and competition;• Provide a flexible menu of optional retail services• Use public-private assets to reduce the digital divide, enhanceworkforce knowledge and skills, promote economic development,enhance access for anchor institutions, and serve other targetedsocial purposes identified by the participating municipalities;• Provide high speed internet service over a wired or wirelessnetwork at a substantial discount from current market prices.
  5. 5. NCNGN Supporters
  6. 6. Sharable Attributes• This is a municipality effort, universities are facilitators• Business community, community leaders and municipal administration arekey stakeholders• Municipalities need to develop:– Available assets (fiber, space rental, rights of way, permitting support,connection to utilities, legal support)– Demand aggregation (businesses, community anchors, business map,municipal locations, community locations, etc)– Agreed upon common pricing, unified negotiation & simplifiedcontracting• Need a strong & representative core team• Much of this work is completed – some still in the works.
  7. 7. Founding Principles• Overall goals: fuel economic development; empower the nextgeneration of innovators; and deliver superfast, low costbroadband services for North Carolina, beginning in the ResearchTriangle-Piedmont region.• Municipality and university “stakeholders” coordinate viacooperative governance structure, ensuring stakeholders andparticipants (e.g., businesses & individual subscribers) receivethe greatest possible benefit from the initiative.• Consensus will be used to bring maximum value to thestakeholders (consensus is general agreement to proceed andneed not be unanimous). A Steering Committee (SC) is theprimary body responsible for coordinating the effort and willinclude one representative from each stakeholder.
  8. 8. Founding Principles (2)• For aspects of governance that don’t include participation by allstakeholders, representatives are empowered to act on behalf ofthe broader group, but within designated operating parametersestablished by the SC.• The stakeholders are “in this together” rather than actingindependently, and agree to be transparent and share informationof any independent, additional offers or negotiations to achieveuniform treatment and best pricing.• It is assumed that all stakeholders will move forward after RFPissuance to vendor selection and implementation; however,municipalities that participate in the initial RFP issuance are notbound to accept a subsequent vendor offer or proceed with aproject.
  9. 9. Founding Principles (3)• We assume further growth beyond the initial stakeholders, so aphased approach will enable additional communities in the future(but initial community deployed commitments are met beforefuture phase communities are prioritized).• The group will develop terms that benefit the broadest possibleregional community and avoid the inclusion of unique or specialrequirements that may derail the process.• The regional effort is likely to have maximal impact if it canbalance the need for economies of scale with the benefits ofcompetition. Given the diversity of geographies and local assets,this is likely to be accomplished through the selection of 2-3service providers as opposed to only one or many.
  10. 10. Project Timeline