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What Are The 5 A's of Organizing Your Strategic Broadband Plan?

While broadband has tremendous potential to be an enabler for economic growth, it is still a utility – just like water, roads, and electricity. Community leaders are challenged to ensure their communities are not left behind. Like their visionaries that built the railroads, roads, and interstate system, today's elected officials must take up the challenge of building their community broadband infrastructure.

#1 Aggregate Experience

You will need to establish a Local Broadband Planning Team (aka Steering Committee). Team members are best recruited based on a) prior experience in efforts to improve the communities broadband environment b) elected officials c) technical expertise d) local service providers.

#2 Assess Your Broadband Environment

"Ya gotta count it before you can cure it". Why is your internet slow? Is it the infrastructure? If so, what part needs to be fixed? Is the middle mile "redundant, abundant and affordable"? Many have found, after the assessment, that a number of under-utilized solutions existed in their communities leading to inexpensive cures.


#3 Assess and Aggregate Demand

What internet speeds are people currently getting in your community? What do they pay for that? What speeds does your community need in order to retain and attract industry? What will businesses and residences pay for quality broadband? If you build it, will they come?


#4 Adopt Existing Resources and Solutions

What broadband-related resources already reside in your community? In using existing resources, it is possible to save millions of dollars in capital expenditure on broadband infrastructure. The use of disruptive technologies and carrier neutral locations can expedite the deployment of broadband in your community.


#5 Adapt for Sustainability

Where do you want to be in 5 years? Once you have built it, how will you keep it running years, decades and generations into the future? What is the history of your electric utility? Water plant? Streets? What is the legal or business entity that will succeed year after year in maintaining broadband infrastructure?



Use Our Experience to Drive Your Strategic Broadband Plan from the Bottom Up

WMX Systems, LLC has completed Strategic Broadband Plans for Clear Creek, Gilpin and Lake Counties, as well as Northwest Colorado (infrastructure), see:

Lake County 

No one knows rural Colorado broadband issues as well as WMX Systems founder, Frank Ohrtman, who has spent five years and traveled 30,000 miles organizing and mentoring Local Broadband Planning Teams across Colorado.

Mr. Ohrtman has almost 30 years experience in telecommunications including 10 years as a Naval Intelligence Officer "studying" the telecommunications infrastructures of other nations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Frank has lived and traveled in Colorado for 23 years. He has lived and worked in Summit, Boulder, Douglas and Denver counties of Colorado. In his years at Governor's Office of Information Technology, he laid the foundation for legislation that would later fund rural broadband infrastructure.

 


The Aspen Tower near Crestone, CO: crowdfunded, solar-powered microwave middle mile. Disruptive technologies solve a problem.

3 Things to Remember to Guide Your Strategic Broadband Plan:

1. The best solutions are local

2. One size fits all does not "fit" with rural broadband

3. It does NOT cost millions to bring broadband to your community

All fixes for your broadband environment must come from the community. This book provides a guide for facilitating those fixes. It also provides 8 case studies of communities in Colorado who followed the "5 A's" to drive their strategic broadband planning on their own.