Handouts and Magazine Articles

Our handouts and magazine articles provide brief and concise discussions of various aspects of community-owned broadband topics of interest. Some of our most popular items are our "worst practice" articles written by our CEO, Andrew Cohill, in response to the number of questions he gets on "what is best practice?"

Community Broadband Step by Step

Developing a communitywide or regional broadband digital transport system follows a set of steps similar to the process used to construct a building or to develop a water or sewer project. 

A set of five steps guides a set of parallel processes that ensure that telecom infrastructure invesments actually deliver measurable impacts to the community. During the master planning process, a planning framework is used to consider governance, business plans, network management, education and training, economic and entrepreneurship development, and service provider development. 


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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.

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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.