Are mobile broadband technologies a substitute for wired broadband? That question is at the heart of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) assessment of whether Americans are well-served with broadband. To support its filing with the FCC, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) asked CTC to prepare an independent analysis of the issue. CTC’s report concluded that, in light of the technical and business restrictions inherent in existing mobile networks, mobile service cannot be considered an adequate alternative to robust wireline broadband. Rather, mobile and wireline have been—and will continue to be—essential, complementary services. Those Americans who have access to only one of them will face significant disadvantages relative to their peers.
Read the report, “Mobile Broadband Service Is Not an Adequate Substitute for Wireline,” here.
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Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
As an extension of its work in developing Holly Springs’ fiber business plan and in providing a full range of network implementation support, CTC is working jointly with the Town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to solve traffic communications problems by connecting signals, cameras, and traffic control infrastructure to the Town’s fiber network.
Fiber connectivity will facilitate dynamic control of traffic signal timing and reliable traffic signal status monitoring, ultimately reducing vehicular traffic congestion to the great benefit of the Town’s businesses and residents.
The network design will employ an innovative passive optical network (PON) solution to improve fiber efficiency and the Town’s ability to monitor and manage the network. Further, it will reflect the eventual transition of the ongoing operational and supervisory role of traffic signals and other ITS infrastructure from the NCDOT to Town personnel.
Over the course of this engagement, CTC will:
- Prepare a system-level design, including applicable schematics and/or specifications identifying key system-level parameters impacting later design phases
- Conduct a field verification and refinement of preliminary fiber routes, including site surveys of the approximately 16 traffic signal controller locations anticipated to be connected as part of this project
- Determine all permits required for construction of the network, to include any right-of-way encroachment permits, utility easement modifications, and/or applicable environmental permitting required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and initiate and manage the submissions of all required permits
- Provide completed designs and permit application materials to the Town and/or NCDOT for review and approval, including “typicals”, GIS-based network maps, permit submissions/CAD engineering prints, material specifications, Bill of Materials (BOMs), splice matrices, and network logical (“stick”) schematics
CTC looks forward to continuing its work with the Town on another exciting and highly beneficial use of the Town’s investment in its fiber optic network.
Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Seattle has released its Plan for Facilitating Equitable Access to Wireless Broadband Services.
This report represents a strategic approach for deploying Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies as a tool for addressing Seattle’s digital equity and digital inclusion needs. The plan balances the City’s two key project goals: The need to serve the public by filling broadband gaps (due to lack of availability or affordability), and the need to deploy services through a financially sustainable business model.
Read the report in its entirety here.
Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Boston is committed to closing the digital divide for its students—and to laying the foundation to meet the growing broadband needs of the 21st century. The City plans to accomplish this by connecting all City schools to BoNet, the fiber-based network operated by the City.
This City has issued an RFP for scalable dark fiber backbone infrastructure—primarily to upgrade broadband connectivity to Boston Public Schools (BPS) facilities. The City may also seek to bolster the existing BoNet infrastructure and provide future connectivity to Boston Housing Authority (BHA) facilities and critical public safety sites. Additionally, this expansion will help the City expand and improve public safety services across the City and expand opportunities to deploy “Wicked Free Wi-Fi” to a broader geography.
The City’s goal is to leverage as much existing infrastructure from private carriers by seeking an IRU of dark fiber to connect approximately 145 sites throughout the entire city. The term of the IRU shall be for 20 years, with two 5-year renewal terms.
The complete RFP and its accompanying documents can be accessed on the City’s Procurement Page.
Responses to the RFP are due June 6, 2017
Published: Monday, April 3, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to convey its interest in partnering with a sophisticated and motivated partner to bring fiber-based, Gigabit-class broadband service to the area. The successful Partner will deploy ubiquitous FTTP infrastructure and provide broadband internet service to residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions (CAIs) in the Town.
Responses to the RFI are due to the Town May 17, 2017.
Read the RFI here.
Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Seattle Information Technology Department has posted a Request for Information for Collaboration and/or Partnership between the City of Seattle and Private Sector Entities for Wireless Services and Potential Smart Cities Deployments, Including in Low-Income Districts, and Parks.
Responses are due to the City by February 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM PST.
View the RFI.
More details, the RFI in its entirety, and a complete timeline can be found here.
Published: Monday, January 30, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Salisbury, North Carolina has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to convey its interest in entering into a contractual arrangement (Provider Arrangement) with a third-party provider (Provider) that will enhance the operation, sales, marketing, and delivery of Gigabit-class broadband service to the community.
The Provider Arrangement could be a sale and purchase of the existing City FTTP assets, an operating lease of such assets, a management contract pursuant to which the Provider operates such assets, a “public-private partnership” with respect to such assets, or any other contract arrangement that satisfies the City’s objectives. The details of the assets and the City objectives are included in the RFP.
Letters of Intent (LOI) to respond to the RFP are due to the City by 4:00 PM EST Friday, February 3rd. Responses to the RFP are due to the City by 4:00 PM EST Friday, March 10th.
View the complete RFP
Additional details and a response timeline can be found on Fibrant’s Community Interest Page.
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Pikeville, Kentucky has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a motivated partner to enable phased broadband deployment in the region through a Public-Private Partnership for a Fiber Optic Network. View the RFP.
Proposals are due to the City by 10:00 a.m. on January 4th, 2017. Additional details can be found by visiting the City’s procurement page.
Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by CTC Technology & Energy
Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Not for Profit (UC2B NFP) has released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a private partner to operate and expand the existing UC2B network, and deploy fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The ideal partner will operate and expand the UC2B fiber network to make affordable Gigabit-class broadband service available throughout the Cities of Champaign and Urbana.
Go HERE to access the RFP.
Published: Monday, August 22, 2016 by CTC Technology & Energy
The City of Madison released a report prepared by CTC exploring the potential for citywide fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployment. The report, and supplemental market research that CTC conducted, represent the City’s compliance with Wisconsin state law. The state statute requires any municipality that seeks to offer broadband services to conduct a cost-benefit analysis.
Read the full report here. Watch the City’s press conference here.
Published: Friday, August 12, 2016 by CTC Technology & Energy