The Office

Headquarters Address:

2000 Kraft Drive, Suite 2200
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060

Phone: 540-951-4400

Email: info at

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm (EST)
Saturday, Sunday - Closed
Call us on weekdays up until 5 PM Pacific Time

Design Nine at a glance

Design Nine provides visionary broadband network planning, design, and build out services to our clients.

We have over ninety years of combined staff experience with community telecom and Internet fiber and broadband planning, design, maintenance and management -- more than any other company in the United States. We offer a full range of broadband and Internet  planning, design, and project management expertise and start-to-finish infrastructure services. 


Design Nine is prepared to help, no matter the size of your community, or the stage of your project.

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Broadband Business Case

Design Nine can provide complete ten year business/financial justification analyses.

Our business case analysis will include not only estimated costs for an initial build out, but detailed operational expense projections, staffing cost estimates, equipment and maintenance cost estimates, service pricing analysis, service take rates, and revenue, income, and cash flow estimates.

We will include separate service and take rate analyses for three market segments: business, government, and residential. And we can also provide both fiber and wireless network components in the model--we know of no other firm that can provide a fully integrated business analysis with this level of detail:

  • Our extensive set of spreadsheets and tables are “investment quality” studies that will be needed when seeking funds from grant sources, bond markets, and lenders.
  • These analyses typically run between 30 and 55 pages.
  • We can provide financial models for a variety of network designs and architectures, including PON fiber networks, active Ethernet networks, dark fiber deployments, Layer 2 business-oriented networks, and wireless (WiFi, WiMax) networks.
  • We specialize in developing open access business models that can show the positive effect of multiple providers and multiple services on revenue and costs.
  • Our financial models include both capital expenditure estimates (CAPEX) and operational (OPEX) estimates.

In addition to our ten year financial models, we can prepare business plans for your project. These investor quality plans are designed with the same information and sections used by the private sector to evaluate new business opportunities, and include an executive overview, a discussion of the project plan, network design and construction summary, a project timeline, financial summary and cash flow statement, marketing, cost estimates, and maps.

About Design Nine, Inc.

Design Nine projects have included the award-winning nDanville municipal open network, The Wired Road open access network, New Hampshire FastRoads, Rockbridge Area Network Authority network, the City of Eagan, Minnesota open access network, and over two hundred other planning efforts for communities in more than twenty-two states, Canada, and the Caribbean. The senior leadership of Design Nine has extensive, hands-on experience designing and managing telecommunications and broadband systems.

Questions about your project? You should contact us today.