White Papers

White Papers are by Andrew Cohill and Design Nine. These papers are typically 10-20 pages in length and explore a single topic in detail.

Broadband For America: The Third Way

Communities can't wait any longer. Virtually all businesses, large and small, now use the Internet. Affordable access to telecom services is now a business, and many kinds of new job opportunitites require broadband. Open access service-oriented networks using a new and different business model and a new and different network architecture, offers existing incumbents and network operators an opportunity to overcome the inherent financial shortcomings and network inefficiencies in their existing networks.

Broadband and Barbecue

A discussion of broadband issues in communities, with a humourous introduction about the similarities between broadband in rural communities and barbecue joints in Texas (and other states). Delivered at the TCRC Broadband conference in 2001. 

Nine Questions For Communities

A heavily revised version of a 1999 paper that looks at the issues communities have to deal with, using the lens of broadband and economic development. The paper looks at the global Knowledge Economy, explores the notion of a "community information utility" as a permanent institution in the community, and considers how to make communities more prosperous in the face of global competition.

Connecting the Dots for 2007 and Beyond

During the recent presidential election, both candidates set 2007 as a goal to have broadband to all communities, businesses, and citizens of the United States. Unfortunately, neither candidate provided a detailed plan on how we, as a nation, should get there. One of the recurring problems is the lack of well–defined roles for appropriate investments at the national, state, and local level. This paper outlines policies and roles at all three levels that should lead to achieving affordable broadband for all citizens.


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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 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.