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  1. 1. Development Authority of the North Country North Country Telecommunications Network
  2. 2. Development Authority of the North Country <ul><li>The Development Authority of the North Country is a New York State chartered public benefit corporation, created in 1985. Its service area is Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. It was created to address the infrastructure and community development needs of the region…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. … Development Authority of the North Country <ul><li>Solid Waste Management Facility-Among the largest public landfills in NYS. </li></ul><ul><li>Water/Wastewater Facilities-Serving Fort Drum’s utility needs; Regional waterline; many municipal operations and maintenance contracts…. </li></ul>
  4. 4. … Development Authority of the North Country <ul><li>Manages Economic Development and Housing Revolving Loan Funds for own account and on behalf of others; HOME/Housing Credit Agency functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Total assets exceeding $100 Million; diverse professional management and operations staff. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Telecommunications Issues Facing the Community <ul><li>Lack of investment </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of competition </li></ul><ul><li>Cost competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Need for redundant infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion-Rural areas are on the losing side of the digital divide. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Development Authority- North Country Telecommunications Network A state of the art fiber optic backbone supporting a community open access network
  7. 7. North Country Telecommunications Network <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Promote economic development in the three-county region. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a telecom infrastructure that is accessible, affordable, competitive, and redundant. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a foundation to support new technology development. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a competitive advantage for the North Country. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Overview: </li></ul><ul><li>400+ miles of fiber optic cabling </li></ul><ul><li>96-144 single mode fiber cable </li></ul><ul><li>Majority on poles, underground as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Network </li></ul><ul><li>Will support wireless, video, data, phone and other emerging technologies. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fiber Optic Network <ul><li>Operator builds and leases dark fiber strands to service providers but does not light the fiber itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Whole fibers for lease to end user </li></ul><ul><li>Fiber available to service providers </li></ul><ul><li>at non-tariffed rate (lower cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited transmission capacity… </li></ul>
  10. 10. … Fiber Optic Network <ul><li>Fixed price regardless of volume of </li></ul><ul><li>data transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Community ownership of facilities </li></ul><ul><li>and improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Provides redundant, competitive </li></ul><ul><li>facilities </li></ul>
  11. 11. Open Access Network <ul><li>The operator builds or leases long-haul bandwidth and terminates it in a collocation data center. </li></ul><ul><li>Service providers are treated equally and have fair and impartial access to space and bandwidth in the data center. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bandwidth available by direct lease of fiber from the Authority, or lease of bandwidth from service providers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wholesale DS-1, DS-3, OC-3, Ethernet connections to service providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Logical next step for a dark fiber network. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strategic Partners <ul><li>Public School Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Five Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Area Hospitals and other major employers </li></ul><ul><li>Carriers and Utilities </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Benefits of the North Country Telecommunications Network: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community owned fiber optic network supporting open access to bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps the Authority out of the retail business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevents the Authority from competing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with its customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intercity transport offers maximum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages competition </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Who are the Customers? <ul><li>1. National carriers: Worldcom, Sprint, AT&T </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use OAN to extend DS-1 and DS-3 access from regional POP (Syracuse) to end user… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Regional carriers: Westelcom, PaeTec, ChoiceOne, Nicholville Telephone Co… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use OAN to build their own closed, POP to POP Network… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. ISPs: Applied Theory/NYSERNet, SLiC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use OAN to extend DS-1 and DS-3 access from regional POP & build their own closed, POP to POP network… </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Who are the Customers? <ul><li>4. Private carriers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use OAN for specific customer opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5. Wireless carriers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The “dark horse” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative local loop providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6. Schools, hospitals, industry, government… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private Network Applications </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Progress & Timelines <ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watertown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Massena </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debt Financing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customer Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carriers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall Schedule </li></ul>
  17. 17. Contact: Tom Sauter Development Authority of the North Country (315) 785-2593 [email_address]