Columbia County Connectivity Plan 12/01/2015 12/2/2015

Prepared by ECC Technologies, Inc.

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ECC Technologies  Telecommunications and Broadband consultants providing Analysis, planning, and development for 20 years  Corporate HQ in Rochester NY, with offices in Raleigh, Atlanta and LA  Successfully developed over $2 Billion in Broadband programs both for profit and community based not for profit initiatives  Broadband programs range from Open Access middle mile and last mile fiber to Gig to the home  Strong emphasis on Broadband as an economic development tool

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Today’s Topics  The culture of Broadband in the US  The Broadband Study  Broadband issues and Determinations  Recommendations  Next Steps

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Broadband in the US  The culture of Broadband in the US is changing rapidly  The new Digital Divide, those communities who get involved vs. those that don’t  Gigabit cities being announced on a daily basis  Rural towns in NY getting FTTH  Billions in Grant funds to those who are prepared

 What’s not changing  Investment in rural areas without subsidies  Some do not have access to any forms of Broadband and are being left behind Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Project at a glance  Conducted Broadband Study in spring 2015 • Identified and mapped Broadband infrastructure county wide • Meetings with public and private organizations to document the issues and identify the Broadband needs within the County • Meetings with service providers on collaborative partnerships designed to enhance broadband service county wide • Recommendations Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Broadband Study The purpose is to support Broadband planning and economic development    

Inventory Broadband infrastructures and services Create a GIS Broadband mapping tool Identify County Broadband strengths and weaknesses Lay the groundwork for Broadband improvement plans

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What did the inventory portion of the assessment find? Service Providers • • • • • • • • •

Verizon Frontier Time Warner Cable Mid-Hudson Cable Fairpoint GTel ASA Networks Peg Bandwidth FirstLight

Fiber Owners • • • • • • • •

Verizon Frontier Time Warner Cable Mid-Hudson Cable Fairpoint Gtel Peg Bandwidth Charter

Structures • 17 cell towers • 10 Public Safety Towers

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Meetings conducted Service Providers • • • • • • •

GTel Transbeam ASA Networks Mid-Hudson Cable Peg Bandwidth FirstLight Charter Communications • Fairpoint did not participate

Community • Information Technology • Economic Development / Planning • Public Safety

Education & Businesses

• Columbia Memorial Hospital • Columbia Greene Community College • Taconic School District • NERIC

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Assessment Determinations • Through the meetings we determined;  The populated & central business areas (western sections) of the County have at a minimum basic broadband access  Provider choice, competition and diversity are limited  Large gaps in coverage exist with many areas of the County below the FCC’s 25/3 definition of Broadband and severely behind gigabit communities being developed across the US  A lack of Broadband in the rural areas  A multi step process Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Assessment Determinations  There is a significant amount of Cable TV owned fiber in the central region and along the major roadways  There is ILEC fiber on the major roadways throughout the County  Peg Bandwidth has built fiber in the north eastern portion of the County  Fairpoint has accepted CAF funding in the past but to date has not made a significant commitment to building out in the County Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Identified Issues Although a significant amount of fiber is installed in the County it is not benefitting the County Broadband profile

 Public safety communications would benefit from additional towers and diversified fiber to connect them  Lack of broadband or substandard broadband availability outside developed areas  Low competition levels - Lack of provider choice and cost, even in populated areas

 Lack of widespread 4G Cellular coverage

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Identified Issues cont. Although a significant amount of fiber is installed in the County it is not benefitting the County Broadband profile

 Education- greater dependency on Broadband with needs continuing to grow, lack of adequate Broadband in homes  Healthcare – Cannot get the needed capacities in the rural areas to expand services  Economic development - Lack of Broadband is impacting the ability to attract and retain jobs

 In general from a Global Competitiveness standpoint the County is falling behind Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Recommendations  Utilize existing and new tower structures allowing Wireless Service Providers (WISP)to place equipment on towers and provide BB services in rural areas  Build and or acquire fiber strategically to tie the towers together (grant programs)  Make excess fiber available to others to expand BB and other services such as education, healthcare, economic development etc.  Use fiber as a stepping stone to allow towns to facilitate fiber to the home in rural areas (grant programs)

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Excess fiber capacity can be used to support  County Public Safety • Redundancy to Microwave system • FirstNet backbone

 Fiber Based Providers • Attract new into the County, increase competition, FTTH etc.  Wireless Companies – WISPs and Cellular • Connect to Towers – increase wireless capacity and coverage  Educational Community – K-12  Expanding healthcare services Building smarter schools, richer corporations, and integrated communities.

Areas of need

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Proposed Fiber Expense Backbone Construction:

Fiber Miles

95.0

Design and Engineering (Fiber Optic Backbone)

$

280,250

Make Ready

$

344,850

Path and Permitting fees

$

237,500

Right of Way (Easements)

$

95,000

Material and Fiber

$

1,254,000

Construction Labor

$

1,401,250

POP setup

$

50,000

Total

$

3,662,850

Contingency (7.5%)

$

274,714

Total with Contingency

$

3,937,564

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Wireless Costs (Example estimated 8 towers) Wireless ISP Equipment: 8 towers EQUIPMENT:

COST

QTY

WISP backhaul

$

135,000

0

WISP wireless Equipment tower Mount

$

55,000

8

Electric Connections

$

3,000

8

$

599,000

Total

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Action Steps  Get County wide buy in and support  Designate a champion to oversee the initiative

 Create a Broadband committee • 4- 5 knowledgeable members who can help to move this forward • Committee provides strategic planning, policy setting, and partnership development and oversight  Aggressively support the development of State and Federal grant applications

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Questions?

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