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Valley Community Fiber Network


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This talk will introduce the group to an important communications asset we citizens own right here in the Valley, i.e. our community fiber optic network. Who uses it? Where is it? The key question, however, which we'll put to our attendees, is, "How might we truly put community squarely into the heart of the Valley Community Fiber Network?" What will it take? What tools are we missing? What's the potential? Who is interested? What are the roadblocks? How can we innovate?

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Valley Community Fiber Network

  1. 1. Valley CommunityFiber Network
  2. 2. Valley Community Fiber Network
  3. 3. What is it? • Completed in 2008, the Valley Community Fibre Network is a community fibre-optic network running 175 Kms between Halifax and the Valley. • Owned by 6 municipalities (Berwick, Hantsport, Kings, Wolfville, West Hants and Windsor), Acadia University, and the NSCC. • Operated and managed by IAI under the direction of the VCFN Board of Directors.
  4. 4. Who uses the VCFN? • Acadia University - for access to research networks via Dalhousie in Halifax. • NSCC - to link Kingstec, and the Annapolis Campus to NSCC core services in Halifax. • The Six Municipal Partners - use the VCFN for data communications and Internet access. • Agriculture and Agrifood Canada – to reach research networks in Halifax.
  5. 5. Who uses the VCFN - Continued • The Health Sector – to reach theValley Regional Hospital and the Hants County Hospital in Windsor. • Three Commercial Users –to provide backbone data communications to their customers: • IAI • Mainland Tel •… • MSVU - for access to Internet and research networks via Dalhousie.
  6. 6. Who uses the VCFN – Continued (2) • Rogers Communications – Rogers acquired a 20 year “Indefeasible Right to Use” six strands (of 72) in the VCFN in 2012. • Rogers paid $1.2 Million to the VCFN for this IRU. • VCFN extended laterals to several sites as part of this arrangement.
  7. 7. What is the VCFN Mandate? • To provide high-speed fibre-optic backbone services to the eight partner organizations. • To act as a tool of economic development by providing “metro area equivalence” for commercial and institutional customers in the Valley area. • To provide an independent high-speed backbone service encouraging development of the digital economy in the Valley.
  8. 8. IAI Role • Operations of VCFN Network • Includes maintenance, emergency restoral, operational monitoring, design and development assistance to users, operational liaison with users, operational liaison with utilities and right of way authorities • Sales and Business Development • Includes price models, business development activities, sales calls, liaison with government agencies, liaison with customers • Accounting and Customer Service Management • IAI keeps the VCFN books, issues invoices and receives payments, schedules and records Board meetings.
  9. 9. Municipal Users • Six Municipalities (Berwick, Hantsport, Kings, West Hants, Windsor, Wolfville) are linked together on a Common Data Infrastructure built on the VCFN backbone by IAI. • Inter-municipal IT Team (IMITT) explores and coordinates shared projects on VCFN Common Infrastructure. • Shared services are now available (Internet, inter-municipal network connections, several pilot projects) • Through IMITT, new service enhancements and cost savings are emerging.
  10. 10. Commercial Users • Mainland Tel is a Valley based commercial customer of the VCFN network and has begun offering telephone services to customers in the VCFN area. • Mount Saint Vincent University uses the VCFN for all their data-communications requirements. • IAI uses the VCFN to reach a major customer in Bedford. • HITS-NS (Health Information Technology Services Nova Scotia) uses the VCFN to transport data to the VRH and HCH sites.
  11. 11. How do we get more of this Valley Community Fiber Network
  12. 12. i-Canada pushing ultra-broadband planBy: Howard Solomon On: 22 Jan 2013 For: ComputerWorld CanadaGroup wants a broad coalition from the public and private sector to come up with a planso every Canadian home gets 1 Gbps Internet access by 2020With the long promised federal digital economy strategy nowhere in sight, a group ofCanadian political, business and private sector leaders continues to push for an independentcoalition to create the framework to build an ultra-broadband network.The iCanada Alliance believes the country needs to offer the majority of residents Internetaccess with download speeds of at least 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) by 2020 – about 10times faster than many Canadians can get now.
  13. 13. "The thought behind the GeekMove is -- we have this gig fiber here – why wouldntpeople who need that gig fiber want to come take advantage of it every day," Garrisonsaid. "[Its] so rewarding when we do get those folks who are on board with us -- theywant to be here in Chattanooga, and they want to come be a part of whats going onhere."
  14. 14. Business leaders also hold summer-long competitions everyyear called the GigTank. Teams, made up of recent college gradsand established entrepreneurs, receive $15,000 to participate ina 100-day program to develop new computer applications andimprove business plans for existing companies. Past"GigTankers" created data sharing websites for scientists andlanguage translating applications that could be used bybusinesses.
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  16. 16. Stephen Wilsack, president of Innovative Systems of New Minas,NS, is an enthusiastic user of the DAIR Program. “We’ve been ableto test and validate our product, a private broadcast/multimediaplatform and social media system for the education and non-profitsector, on DAIR,” says Stephen. “It has accelerated our productdevelopment timeline and definitely saved us money.”
  17. 17. mattpovah,town ofhantsport& Mr. Fibertown of
  18. 18. chrisnorman,mainlandtelecom
  19. 19. brucemacdougall,I.A.I.
  20. 20. They are offering Internet television or IPTV and VDSL internet service overthe same copper wires that they’ve been using to deliver DSL internet servicefor the last ten or fifteen years.The only difference is the within the Bell network they have increased the useof Fibre optics to enhance their infrastructure. This is a leap forward but, as ahomeowner, you will never receive the true benefits of a fibre optic networkuntil you have a fibre optic cable inside your home.