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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Funding and Grant Writing

Design Nine has experience identifying many sources of funds for many types of projects.

We can help your project with funding strategies, funding partner identification, and grant writing.

Broadband Stimulus Proposal Preparation

The ARRA Broadband stimulus funds available from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (the BIP program) and the Department of Commerce NTIA (the BTOP program) represent a significant one-time funding opportunity. Design Nine has assisted with the development of more than millions in stimulus proposals.

The applications tend to run more than 100 pages of material, including extensive technical specifications and information. We can help prepare stimulus proposals, including these key requirements:

  • Last mile and middle mile requests must include detailed fiber and/or wireless route maps.
  • We can provide a full range of GIS-driven street level maps showing where infrastructure and services will be available. Identification of service areas, which must be aligned along census block boundaries.
  • We can map service areas by block and provide the required block level household counts.
  • We can develop the detailed five year cash flow, balance sheet, and income statements needed to show long term financial sustainability.
  • We can develop the network architecture, network design, and related information needed to show that the project can built and delivered on time. We can provide the construction timelines, and we have engineering partners that can provide the required engineering stamp.
  • We can also assist with the extensive narrative descriptions (Openness, Reasonableness, Affordability, Project Purpose, and Executive Summary among others).

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.