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Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County

Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County. May 10, 2007 Joanne Hovis, President ©CTC 2007. Project Scope. Evaluate and Assess Broadband Market Identify broadband providers Residential Business including high-capacity transport

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Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County

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  1. Broadband Assessment and Connectivity Report Carroll County May 10, 2007 Joanne Hovis, ©CTC 2007

  2. Project Scope • Evaluate and Assess Broadband Market • Identify broadband providers • Residential • Business including high-capacity transport • Identify broadband deployment issues • Develop Recommendations for the Future • Local goals • Other community broadband initiatives

  3. Future Connectivity

  4. Carroll County Goals Statement - insufficient broadband infrastructure and competition • Goals • Innovation • Job growth • Economic development • Education

  5. Carroll County Objectives • Small business creation and growth • Support businesses with high bandwidth needs • Attract and retain businesses • Promote workforce education • Support telework and home-based businesses • Enhance County’s image • Promote major development initiatives such as revitalization zones and technology parks

  6. Carroll CountyBroadband Issues • Universal availability • Affordability • Symmetrical speeds • Bandwidth • Rural exclusion • Knowledge of service availability

  7. Universal Availability • Cable • Businesses • Rural areas • DSL • Businesses • Residences • Rural areas • High capacity access • Large businesses • Wireless

  8. Affordability • Lack of competition • Affordability of satellite services • High cost of business-use enhanced circuits

  9. Symmetrical Speeds • Need for symmetrical speeds • Small to medium-size business • Home-based businesses

  10. Bandwidth • Lack of very-high bandwidth offerings for larger businesses

  11. Rural Exclusion • Significant gap between dense population areas and rural locations

  12. Knowledge of Service Availability • Provider reliance on the Internet to market products and services • Potential customers without Internet access have limited to no access to this information

  13. Recommendations • Broadband initiatives • Private-Sector partnerships • Market research • Franchising • Providers and consumers communication • Communications planning • Public wireless strategy • Development zone fiber strategy • Fiber and conduit infrastructure

  14. Broadband Initiatives • Government, medical, educational and business data transport services • Low-cost, introductory level wireless products • Homeland security and public safety networks • Dark fiber initiatives • Any opportunities that optimize the connectivity infrastructure

  15. Initiatives cont. • Municipal broadband project financing • Construction, equipment, and integration services pricing • Service provider interest • Public and community group interest

  16. Private-Sector Partnerships • Explore a partnership with service providers • Power company • Other facilities-based companies with conduit or fiber

  17. Market Research • Survey market potential • Broadband need • Features desired • Prices market can absorb

  18. Franchising • Develop a Model Franchise Agreement and Ordinance • Institute a web-based permit application submission • Develop an expedited plan and permit review process • Institute an electronic permitting procedure • Expedite the inspection process

  19. Provider Communications • Facilitate distribution of provider information • Initiate a consumer education campaign • Form provider partnerships to jointly promote services

  20. Communications Planning • Seek economic development opportunities by working directly with developers • Joint strategy meetings

  21. Public Wireless Strategy • Initiative private-public partnership study • County Network • Municipal Network • Private Network • Identify communications needs • Establish a formal process

  22. Development Zone Fiber Strategy • Key areas • Westbranch Trade Center • MD Route 97/Air Business Center

  23. Fiber and Conduit Infrastructure • Use every opportunity to maximize fiber and conduit infrastructure • Countywide fiber optic policy • Municipal collaboration

  24. Summary • Broadband key driver of future economic development • Private-sector networks not meeting bandwidth demand in an affordable manner • Partnerships hold the key to a successful broadband project

  25. Questions? Columbia Telecommunications Corporation 5550 Sterrett Place, Suite 200 Columbia MD 21044 410-964-5700

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