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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This is a partial list of some of our current and past clients. For references or additional information, please feel free to contact us directly.

  • Design Nine has been working with the New Hampshire FastRoads open access network project for several years. Our work has included early phase broadband planning and needs assessment, grant writing assistance that led to a $7.7 million ARRA stimulus award, and detailed financial and operational planning. Design Nine is currently helping FastRoads connect 22 communities with middle mile and last mile fiber. The FastRoads area covers nearly a quarter of the state, including some of the most rural towns and communities.
  • The City of Eagan, Minnesota has used Design Nine to help develop a strategy for attracting a data center to the City, and is moving forward with plans to open City-owned fiber to business use as an open access network. Construction is starting in the fall of 2011 for this open access network.
  • The Rockbridge Area Network Authority has hired Design Nine to design and build 138 miles of fiber. The RANA service area includes Rockbridge county and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, Virginia. The effort also includes construction of a major regional colocation and data center facility. Design Nine assisted RANA with the developed of an ARRA stimulus proposal that resulted in a $10 million stimulus award.
  • Palm Coast, Florida Design Nine assisted the City with the conversion of unused network capacity into an open access network and a strong economic development tool. The City-owned network is in its second year of operation, and finished in the black operationally at the end of its first year of service. The project has received an enthusiastic response from service providers and local businesses.
  • Danville, Virginia (Fiber To The Premise (FTTP) Open Access, Open Services Network -- network architecture design, financial design, service provider identification, policy development)
  • The Wired Road (The first fully integrated fiber and wireless open access, open services network in the U.S. -- needs assessment, project implementation, construction management, network integration, financial analysis, business case planning, service provider identification, inventory management)
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (Integrated fiber and wireless rural network -- financial analysis, business case development, asset mapping, fiber route layout, service provider identification)
  • Local Development Districts of Pennsylvania (statewide broadband policy and implementation strategy development)
  • West Central New Hampshire (eight town integrated fiber and wireless broadband planning effort)
  • Lakeland Green (broadband planning for 2200 home planned residential development and nearly 1 million square feet of commercial and institutional space)
  • WYYD (Policy recommendations for public television stations countrywide to prepare for the IP TV transition)
  • Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development (broadband education and economic development seminars for local leaders)
  • Bath County, Virginia (countywide broadband master plan)
  • New Town Associates (WiFi planning for downtown commercial area)
  • Industry Canada (Broadband policy recommendations for the Canadian government)
  • Lenowisco Planning District Commission (technology master planning for a three county region)
  • Crossroads Institute (wireless and broadband feasibility study)
  • New Hampshire Rural Development Council (technology master planning for New Hampshire's rural North Country region)
  • British Columbia provincial government (open access network strategies)
  • University of Dayton Law School (technology grant writing)
  • Online Louisiana, Inc. (statewide rural broadband planning and project management)
  • Online Louisiana, Inc. (K12 education Web portal design and management)
  • New Town Partners (telecommunications planning for a commercial/residential development)
  • Temple, Texas (technology assessment, communitywide network planning)
  • Monmouth, Illinois (technology vision development, master plan design)
  • Los Alamos County, New Mexico (planning and design of a communitywide broadband infrastructure)
  • National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (keynote speech, workshops)
  • Oregon Department of Public Safety (keynote speech, workshop)
  • Town of Bromont, Quebec (community network development)
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Illinois (community network planning)
  • Town of Portsmouth, Ohio (two day telecommunications planning workshop)
  • SEFLIN, Miami (community network strategic planning)
  • Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania (community technology workshops and planning)
  • Colonial Williamsburg (technology strategic planning, Web site design)
  • Anheuser-Busch (corporate technology planning, marketing)
  • Proctor and Gamble (consumer marketing strategic planning)
  • City of Bremerton, Washington (community telecommunications workshop)
  • City of Anderson, SC (community network planning, workshops)
  • Northeast Tennessee Technology Council (wide area telecommunications strategic planning)

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.