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. It also proposes a local broadband architecture that creates a high performance community intranet.


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.