● business planning
● cable system testing
● community broadband
● engineering design
● grant planning & management
● public networking
● public safety
● rural communications
● smart grid
● wireless tower siting
We have a deep understanding of the broadband technology landscape, and help our clients understand how to serve the unique needs of their communities.
CTC specializes in advising local government clients about public broadband initiatives, from initial feasibility studies to network design and engineering to guidelines for network operation.
Our expertise includes:
Feasibility Studies and Technical Models: The first step in any public broadband initiative is an assessment of existing networking infrastructure in the community. CTC has extensive experience conducting feasibility studies, which are critical to informing the scope and expense of a proposed project. We also have deep knowledge of current communications technologies and have developed technical models and full engineering designs using a full range of technologies—including fiber, WiFi, WiMax, and microwave.
Business Models and Implementation: CTC has evaluated and designed a wide range of public broadband business models—from public facilitation of private investment to government ownership to hybrid arrangements. We are also familiar with a variety of project financing options, and have successfully helped clients prepare applications for federal and state broadband grants. In addition, CTC has developed requests for proposals (RFP), reviewed vendor submissions, and negotiated with private sector providers on behalf of clients.
Community Broadband Benefits: CTC has analyzed and modeled a wide range of benefits from community broadband initiatives, from economic development to digital inclusion to environmental protection.
San Francisco, CA
CTC has served as fiber consultant to San Francisco for several years. In that capacity we have prepared a series of comprehensive and path-breaking studies analyzing the feasibility of the City building and operating a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to every home and business in San Francisco. The reports included statistically significant residential and commercial market surveys and focus groups to determine connectivity needs. Our team assessed internal municipal networking needs as well as public assets that could be leveraged in the creation of a fiber optic network.
The reports also provided in-depth business planning, including detailed discussion of various business and financing models with the benefits and risks associated with each. The technical analysis conducted during the project analyzed the various candidate FTTP architectures, including Active Ethernet and PON, and discussed the possibility of hybrid models. Additional research analysis provided measurements to predict emission reductions and other ancillary benefits of facilitating work-at-home initiatives through an FTTP implementation.
Since 2008, CTC has worked closely with the City of Seattle’s government and utilities, providing a range of strategic, business, and technical support.
Our first study for Seattle, FTTP Municipal Broadband Risks and Benefits Evaluation, included an internal needs analysis, market research of both residential and business, assessment of competing services and technologies, and evaluation of the business case and business risks.
Following on that report, CTC analyzed the savings a robust municipal fiber-optic network could generate in terms of long-term cost avoidance for government expenses and the benefits of owning versus renting networking infrastructure. The report went on to provide innovative and ground-breaking exploration of additional “off-the-balance-sheet” benefits from a fiber optic network. Topics analyzed included savings from enhanced telecommunications competition, improvements to healthcare services, and environmental benefits.
In the most recent phase of this project, CTC advised the Mayor of Seattle regarding the U.S. communications market and business planning strategies for a citywide enterprise. CTC led and facilitated a business planning working group comprised of the Mayor’s senior staff, the Directors of the two municipal utilities (electric and water/sewer), and the CIO.
CTC also delivered a strategic plan for wireless data networking. The report assessed current municipal capabilities and, after interviews with city personnel, defined future wireless networking goals and requirements. CTC also provided engineering analysis of candidate wireless technologies and made recommendations based on the strategic goals of the city.
Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B), IL
CTC assisted UC2B, a coalition comprising the University of Illinois and the cities of Champaign and Urbana, in preparing the networking engineering and strategic planning portions of its successful $22.5 million BTOP grant application for the construction of a 187-mile fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. Upon notification of funding, CTC assisted UC2B with network design and deployment tasks. CTC also worked closely with UC2B and NTIA liaisons to aid in the grant compliance process.
Palo Alto, CA
CTC provided strategic guidance and advice for how expansion of Palo Alto’s dark fiber network could impact opportunities for enhanced municipal and commercial services. The report included an assessment of how to leverage existing infrastructure to both promote commercial wireless broadband deployment and improve municipal Smart Grid and public safety technologies. A framework was also prepared for how to establish a public-private partnership to encourage greater wireline infrastructure construction. Specific engineering design assistance and detailed cost estimates were provided for each of the wireless and wireline development scenarios.
North Kansas City, MO
CTC delivered a business performance evaluation study for liNKCity, North Kansas City’s municipal broadband network. CTC examined liNKCity’s current operational status and provided strategic guidance for setting long-term organizational direction and vision. We gave input for the potential expansion of marketing efforts. The report concluded with specific recommendations for the development of future networking services to offer with an emphasis on supporting local commercial economic development.
10613 Concord St. Kensington, MD 20895 | 301.933.1488 | info(at)ctcnet.us | © Columbia Telecommunications Corporation 2013