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Rural Broadband & Eastern Ontario Regional Network - Laura Bradley, Action Intelligence

Laura Bradley, Founder of Actionable Intelligence, presented these slides as part of the Cybera Summit 2010 session Cloud Computing for the Masses.

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Rural Broadband & Eastern Ontario Regional Network - Laura Bradley, Action Intelligence

  1. 1. Rural Broadband & Eastern Ontario Regional network Cloud Computing for the Masses Cybera Summit 2010 Laura Bradley, P.Eng Actionable Intelligence inc.
  2. 2. Agenda • Eastern Ontario BB project • Why - Economic Development • Broadband Gaps – Infrastructure – Speed – Price • How – Private Public Partnership • Next Steps
  3. 3. The Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus Area Is >: - 109 countries - 9x PEI - Equal to Nova Scotia - 50,000 sq kms - Rugged Topography 1,093,000 Citizens - Home 10 FN 3
  4. 4. Eastern Ontario
  5. 5. Rural Citizens Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute
  6. 6. EOWC Broadband Objective • Have a high capacity broadband network that would provide vast majority of citizens with affordable, reliable and fast internet • Leverage the other investments that have already been made in rural broadband • Extend into areas where Rural Connections could not Farther and Faster
  7. 7. Why? • Economic Development #1 priority • Lost of over 12,000 full time jobs in less then 3 years • Skills were focused on manufacturing – less knowledge workers or IT oriented businesses/skills • Inability to deliver new jobs and new skills Transform Economic Base of EO
  8. 8. Skills Development • Old World skills have been relied on for decades • Lack of jobs in IT and software creates less training, creates less education focus and less opportunity • Need to set the foundation to develop the new skills and use of technology to reach our goals
  9. 9. Gaps – How big are Rural gaps? • Physical Gaps – infrastructure • Cost gaps – rural residents tend to pay more • Speed gaps – dial up, satellite, 1.5Mbps, 3 Mbps Pay More, Get less
  10. 10. Infrastructure Dial Up Gaps USB Sticks Fixed Wireless Satellite DSL Bell/Rogers Treed Area DSL Rogers DSL Poor USB/wireless DSL Area Bell Rogers DSL DSL
  11. 11. Cost Gaps • Purely business case issue • Fewer users results in less potential revenue yet the costs to deliver are relatively high • ISPs measure in $ per subscriber and analysis is based on households per square kilometer Minimal Business Case Government Intervention is a must
  12. 12. Speed Gap • To date most government programs to deliver to citizens have set 1.5Mbps as their benchmark • Goal has not changed in more then 7 years – entire lifecycle of technology in this industry • Rural Communities are not provided equivalent options Disparity based on where we live - Hindering our ability to grow and compete
  13. 13. Growing Bandwidth Demand Rural Areas need speed! Need for Speed – Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, March 2009
  14. 14. Brief Look at History • Ontario – Rural Connections – 1 year Program 2007 & 4 Year Program 2008 – Invested more then $35M in rural broadband infrastructure – Focus on building i/s and awareness • SuperNet – Build backbone to MUSH and ISPs will connect – Placed fibre to large number of communities where facilities did not exist – Spurred competition Still gaps – coverage and affordability
  15. 15. EORN Philosophy • Large backbone - scale 20 + year investment • Drive fibre transport as close to user as economically feasible • Target 85% of population for 10 Mbps to the home • Target 95% for at least 1.5Mbps – contract for affordable satellite infill – terrain & density Targets for coverage, speed and prices
  16. 16. The Backbone • 160 POPs of Gigabit Ethernet – 10G backbone that can scale to 100G • Access connections of 10M,100M or 1G • Leverage existing asset base and increment to provide greater reach • DWDM transport technology • Partnership with Bell/Bell Aliant Build for Future – release constraints
  17. 17. The Access • Last mile – 10Mbps to the home • Broken into zones based on POP locations & timing • Use household density and current definition of served (1.5 Mbps) to define priority areas • Technology neutral – we define service requirements not technology delivery Reaching Citizens is essential
  18. 18. Satellite • Try to reach as close to 100% • Areas where no business case – household density is too low • Infill areas challenged by severe terrain • Contract to make sure services are affordable and that users receive minimum service specification Users want affordable services
  19. 19. Bell Map
  20. 20. Next Steps • Finalize the contract with the preferred satellite vendor • Issue access RFPs to match POP activations to ensure that citizens can obtain the 10 Mbps objective Provide 21st Century Infrastructure
  21. 21. Rural Broadband • Vision in Context • Strategic & Scalable Networks • Economic Feasibility • Reliability, Speed and Affordability for Citizens Thrive in 21st Century