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Municipal digital infrastructure

  1. 1. Municipal Digital Infrastructure<br />Longboat Key - MDI<br />Feb.18.2010<br />
  2. 2. Municipal Digital Infrastructure<br />There are more than 20,000 square miles of municipal WiFi in America<br />Municipal broadband offers many advantages to residents and to the economy of the community. <br />Municipal broadband can provide high speed internet access less expensively than commercial broadband service providers.<br />Island-wide WiFi will make Longboat more attractive to visitors and prospective residents.<br />A digital infrastructure can increase community services while reducing costs.<br />A digital infrastructure will decrease costs for DAS cell phone providers by 48% making DAS cost competitive with tall macro cell towers.<br />
  3. 3. Community WiFi Features<br />Functions that can be provided by a Digital Infrastructure<br />WiFi - High speed wireless internet (WiFi).<br />Cell Phone - Distributed Antenna cell phone system (DAS).<br />Telephone - Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP).<br />High speed Cell Phone data via wifi.<br />Public Safety High Speed Communications.<br />Automated meter reading and monitoring.<br />Community surveillance camera monitoring.<br />Business WiFi Portal.<br />Intra-government low cost data communications.<br />Municipal staff remote operations and data entry.<br />Distributed Antenna cell phone system (DAS).<br />
  4. 4. What is a Municipal Digital Infrastructure?<br />An MDI is composed of a fiber optic backbone running the length of the island along with small antennas mounted on utility and lamp poles.<br />
  5. 5. Benefits to the Community<br />In France Triple Play (TV/Phone/Internet) costs 30 euros which is about $46. The average resident on Longboat Key pays more than $150 for the same services.<br />
  6. 6. Municipal Digital Infrastructure<br />If a community creates its own MDI then it can purchase content such as IPTV, VOIP and WiFi at wholesale prices.<br />An MDI enables a community to attach many services on to the infrastructure.<br />An MDI can support improved Public Safety communications at lower costs to the community.<br />
  7. 7. Municipal WiFi<br />Muni WiFi will bring Longboat into the 21st century.<br />All residents, tourists, businesses, visitors and renters will have access to high speed wireless internet services.<br />Most “smart phone” users will have access to high speed data.<br />AT&T and Verizon now support SKYPE.<br />
  8. 8. Telephone<br />Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular analog phone line.<br />Comcast and Verizon offer VOIP at $35 a month or more.<br />MDI can supply VOIP at $16 a month or less.<br />
  9. 9. MDI in the Home<br />The MDI wireless “last mile” delivery of services to the home/business terminates with a Subscriber Unit.<br />Computers and analogue phones connect to the SU just like the Comcast/Verizon subscriber units currently in use on the island.<br />MDI allows the user to transport VIOP service including phone number to any broadband connection at another locality.<br />
  10. 10. Broadband Wireless<br />Currently wireless internet is unavailable on Longboat.<br />Some homes and offices have local WiFi covering a small area.<br />Most notebook computers support WiFi.<br />Newer smartphones (I-Phone) support WiFi.<br />MDI will cover Longboat with high speed WiFi both indoors and outdoors.<br />
  11. 11. Municipal WiFi Portal<br />A community WiFi Portal will be accessible on visitor smart phones, notebook computers, I-Pods and all wifi enabled devices.<br />The town wifi portal can charge for local business advertising as well as assisting visitors to locate businesses, town facilities and area events.<br />Other towns use their municipal wifi to support local organization and businesses.<br />A Muni WiFi system enables local government to promote the business community.<br />Muni WiFi enhances the visitor experience and promotes community activities.<br />
  12. 12. Longboat Municipal WiFi<br />Now Is A Good Time To Help Local Small Businesses Succeed <br />Island-wide Internet Coverage<br />Island-wide Cell Phone Coverage<br />50% Savings on Internet and Phone Bills<br />Visitors and Tourists Have Internet Availability<br />Direct visitors to local business<br />Help tourists discover Longboat<br />Give local business a modern face<br />Enable cell phones to see our town<br />
  13. 13. Cell Phones and WiFi<br />Both AT&T and Verizon offer SKYPE on their smart phones.<br />WiFi enabled cell phones can access data ten times faster than data streams supplied by the carriers. <br />When a cell phone uses WiFi no minutes are charged to the phone account.<br />
  14. 14. Public Safety<br />MDI will offer police fire and EMT greatly increased communication speed and coverage at reduced costs.<br />MDI will enable low cost surveillance camera installation and monitoring.<br />MDI will increase worker efficiencies through universal low cost communications throughout the government.<br />
  15. 15. Request For InformationRequest For Proposals<br />The first step in evaluating a MDI is gathering concept proposals from various wireless and DAS providers via an RFI. Information from the concept proposals will be the basis for an RFP.<br />The next step is an RFP if we find that the concept proposals are economically attractive and the Return on invest (ROI) makes sense.<br />A wireless MDI system including WiFi/VOIP/DAS can be quickly rolled out to the home because it is based on wireless technology. The DAS component can be implemented more quickly than macro cell tower technology.<br />
  16. 16. Finances<br />2.5 billion has been set aside in the federal stimulus program expressly for expanding broad band infrastructures.<br />FPL may want to use our MDI for meter reading and Smart Grid applications.<br />We may want to consider using the county infrastructure funds similar to what was done with the tennis center building. <br />Over time MDI will recoup expenses and become a source of income for the town.<br />
  17. 17. The DAS Cell Phone Business Model<br />Backhaul accounts for half of the capital expense and operating costs for a DAS cell phone provider.<br />MDI will eliminate these costs enabling a DAS provider to compete favorably with macro (tall) cell towers.<br />MDI offers many more community services than a cell tower and saves the residents money.<br />
  18. 18. Advantages of MDI<br />MDI can be expanded and enhanced because the fiber backbone is a very big pipe capable of carrying vast amounts of information.<br />MDI offers multiple services and is extensible as new technologies come on-line.<br />MDI can be a revenue source for Longboat while saving residents money.<br />MDI will enhance our community.<br />

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