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The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project
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INTRODUCTION .........................................................................................................1 PURPOSE OF THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ...............................................2 PROJECT BACKGROUND ........................................................................................2 PROCESS OVERVIEW ..............................................................................................5 INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED .........................................................................8 APPENDIX
Next Gen Networks Next Gen Opportunities www.gig u.org
Drawing on America’s rich history of research and entrepreneurship, 37 universities and the communities that support them have come together to form Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra highspeed networks and broadband services to member campuses and communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs such as health care and education. America’s research university communities have spawned many of the innovations that shape our lives today. The best minds gather on these campuses and in these communities to ask important questions, experiment with new techniques, create new products, launch new businesses and develop solutions to society’s most pressing problems. University communities increasingly depend on high-speed networks to educate, collaborate and share large amounts of information instantaneously. Research in real time has fueled the development of the global information economy, but today’s market for bandwidth services does not fully satisfy the forward-looking needs of university communities. Gig.U’s mission is to create a favorable climate for investment in next generation broadband networks to trigger a new generation of high-speed networking offerings for our members’ campuses and in their communities. We believe relatively small investments targeted to the research university communities that serve as engines of innovation can yield big returns for the American economy and our society. Gig. U Member Institutions Arizona State University California Institute of Technology Case Western Reserve University Colorado State University Duke University Florida State University George Mason University Georgia Institute of Technology Howard University Indiana University Michigan State University North Carolina State University Penn State University University of Alaska – Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Chicago University of Colorado – Boulder University of Florida University of Hawai’i University of Illinois University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Maine University of Maryland University of Michigan University of Missouri University of Montana University of Nebraska – Lincoln University of New Mexico University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Oklahoma University of South Florida University of Virginia University of Washington Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) Wake Forest University West Virginia University
PURPOSE OF THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
This Request for Information (RFI) is the first step towards accomplishing our mission. Through this process we hope to evaluate opportunities to expand next generation networks to university-related private facilities in the area (e.g. student housing, fraternities/sororities, professors’ residences, and private facilities associated with the university such as local hotels and meeting facilities) as well as unaffiliated anchor institutions, entrepreneurial start-ups and other private businesses and residences in our local communities. The goals of this RFI process are to: Promote the deployment of next generation networks across member communities to stimulate economic development; Identify creative approaches to design, operate and finance self-sustaining next generation networks for member communities while evaluating the trade-offs between these different approaches; Gain an understanding of how differences between member communities influence the level of private sector interest in working with any individual community; and Consider ways in which multiple Project communities can work together beyond the RFI process to improve the private sector business case for next generation networks. More specifically, we are issuing this RFI to gather comments, conceptual frameworks, and indications of interest from incumbent service providers, new entrants, and other private sector entities (including creative partnerships between respondents) with strategies for developing self-sustaining, next generation broadband networks that will provide affordable high-speed services to our communities. Members may also be interested in creative proposals from groups of potential vendors who partner together to propose more comprehensive technology strategies that could include but not be limited to some combination of network infrastructure, ultra high-speed service offerings, hardware, and/or applications. As a result of this process Gig.U Members, separately or in groups, may engage in negotiations with private sector entities; may develop other strategies to work together to improve the network technology and services available to our communities, or may take no further action. The deadline for responses to the RFI is November 9, 2011 (a complete schedule and description of the RFI process is included in Section IV). III. PROJECT BACKGROUND A. Gig.U History and Vision for Universities as Test-Beds for Next Generation Networks Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project builds upon a foundation that originated in the recommendations of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the responses of America’s research university communities to the Google Community Fiber Initiative. The NBP highlighted the traditional role that America’s research universities and the private sector have played in driving the nation’s R&D agenda, but ultimately recommended that the federal government provide ultra high-speed broadband connectivity to select military installations to enable the development of next generation broadband applications. Shortly after the NBP was submitted to Congress, over 1,100 communities – including several Gig.U members or associated communities – responded to Google’s Request for Information used to select a city to which Google would bring gigabit connectivity. In the months that followed, two things became clear: (1) there was a very low probability of additional federal investment in ultra
high-speed networks in the short term, and (2) research universities and the communities that support them were motivated sufficiently to organize and explore new strategies to satisfy their demands for ultra high-speed broadband networks and services. These realities led Blair Levin, a fellow with the Communications & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, to connect with a small number of CIOs of some of America’s leading universities. These individuals began formulating the vision and strategy for Gig.U, and also began outreach to their community partners and other stakeholders. The group grew to 27 member institutions and the communities that support them by the time it was announced publicly on July 27, 2011. Our membership now stands at 37 Member Universities. The group coalesced around a mission of accelerating the deployment of world-leading, next generation networks in the United States to provide an opportunity to lead in the next generation of ultra high-speed network services and applications. Our vision for the process and the key to its success rest on the following strengths and strategies of our Members: University communities have the most favorable risk-return profile for investments in network information technology. University communities have a unique combination of existing network infrastructure and other physical assets, concentrated populations, relatively high number of multi-dwelling units, high demand for bandwidth for research and commercial purposes, tech-savvy residential and business consumers, and entrepreneurial start-ups. These traits make university communities ideal areas in which to make investments in network and information technology (NIT) infrastructure and services. Many of these community traits also attract other capital investment and businesses, which creates additional demand for bandwidth in these communities. This dynamic can create a virtuous cycle in which the availability of ultra high-speed broadband will attract even more bandwidth-intensive users likely to create the applications and awareness that will drive additional demand for bandwidth in these communities, and subsequently as well in the rest of the country. Gig.U Member Institutions are recognized for their leadership in computer science, engineering, medicine and other disciplines critical to the economy and society. Our university members have reputations for excellence in a number of bandwidth intensive fields that are unique in the breadth of their impact on the economy and society. The medical schools at almost half of our member universities are ranked among the top 50 medical schools for research and/or primary care by U.S. News and World Report. Close to 75% have graduate computer science programs considered among the top 100 programs nationally, and almost two-thirds of the universities have graduate programs ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation for computer science, biological sciences, physics, and chemistry. Many of these programs are responsible for advances and applications that shape our economy and society, drive demand for bandwidth and attract additional research and private sector funding to our communities. Gig.U Members have proven track records of innovation and discovery. Our Members’ reputations are based on long track records of important inventions and across a broad range of disciplines. Researchers and students at Gig.U Member Universities are responsible for a number of transformational innovations in IT including, but not limited to, the deployment of the internet, the creation of Mosaic, the first widelyused web browser, the development of image-editing program Photoshop, and USENET, the first attempt to create a network beyond local bulletin board systems. Beyond their well-known contributions in IT, our member communities are also
responsible for important advances such as the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction and implantable defibrillators as well as inventions impacting our everyday lives such as color TV tubes, frozen OJ concentrate, Gatorade, and disposable diapers. Maintaining these track records of innovation will require state-of-the-art network technology as the accelerating pace of technological development and shift to a knowledge-based economy transforms the way we work in all areas. Collaborative spirit and Member diversity creates opportunities for demand aggregation and maximizes the benefits of the process. Our Member Universities and Communities have come together because we believe that by working together we can lower the transaction costs for ourselves and potential respondents as we consider strategies for achieving our networking goals. In addition to learning from each other and gaining a better understanding of the costs and benefits associated with our differences, working together allows us and others to consider additional business models and possibilities for demand aggregation that may improve the economics of developing a number of test-beds for ultra high-speed broadband. B. Strategy Underlying the RFI Process and Guidance for Responses We believe that jumpstarting the national broadband aspirations for world-leading communications networks requires private sector expertise and resources, however, traditional models for network deployments and service offerings may be overly narrow and unnecessarily limit innovation in our communities. Through this process we hope to engage in constructive collaboration with the private sector to identify ways to improve the business economics sufficiently to encourage private sector investments in next generation networks and services for our communities. It is expected that the most attractive strategies will involve private entities that build/expand and manage the system with support provided from the communities and universities. Support will vary between communities and could include (but not be limited to): streamlining access to infrastructure, rights-of-way or inspections; revising local rules, regulations or requirements that increase the cost to deploy or operate next generation networks; collaboration with research and education networks; demand aggregation; long-term contracts and support for development of high bandwidth applications to drive adoption. Support may also come in the form of our Members working directly with local business leaders or others to aggregate demand or find other ways to increase the revenue opportunities or lower the costs associated with constructing or managing any new infrastructure. Guidance for Responses Strategies included in responses to the RFI should aim for forward-looking, assertive technology solutions that create immediate advantages for users and fertile platforms for innovations in products and services that sustain our technology leadership for years to come. We consider one gigabit downstream as a baseline for an ultra high-speed wireline network. Many members are also interested in next generation wireless networks, and creative proposals or ideas for gigabit communities that can also provide new opportunities for ultra high-speed wireless innovation are solicited as part of this process. We consider 100MB speeds as a baseline for ultra high-speed wireless networks. High bandwidth in the upstream direction is considered essential.
Some or all of a respondent’s proposed service offerings could initially be at speeds below the thresholds so long as the overall strategy furthers the goals of broadband innovation and development. While we share a belief that ultra high-speed broadband networks are a pre-requisite for ongoing advances in a number of disciplines, end-users in our communities have a wide-range of networking needs and use-cases. We do not anticipate that all members of our communities would receive access to similar speeds at similar times. Some universities and communities will place a high value on the inclusion of economically disadvantaged and under-represented portions of their communities in the scope of their deployment with an appropriate level of bandwidth. Proposals that serve “clusters” of university communities may enable a variety of business models and drive a diversity of applications by aggregating demand and targeting investment to communities with similar or shared use cases. For example, clusters could include geography (e.g. Research Triangle Park region); large urban areas (e.g. U of Chicago, U of Maryland, and U of Washington); or strategic end points (e.g. health care facilities, educational institutions, smart grid or advanced manufacturing centers across a broader area). IV. PROCESS OVERVIEW A. Schedule The estimated schedule for the RFI process is as follows: RFI Release RFI Information Session (in Chicago) Deadline for written questions from Potential Respondents Deadline for answers from Gig.U Deadline for meetings/discussions with Gig.U members Responses Due September 15, 2011 September 26, 2011 October 4, 2011 October 19, 2011 November 2, 2011 November 9, 2011
Any changes in the process or updates to the schedule above will be posted on the Gig.U website at www.gig-u.org. B. Communications with Gig.U and Requests for Additional Information All general communications regarding the RFI or requests for additional information from Members should be directed to: Elise Kohn, Program Director Gig.U email@example.com (202) 706-7612 All communications regarding the RFI Information Session on September 26, 2011 should be directed to: Katie Barr, Vice President Glen Echo Group firstname.lastname@example.org (301) 272-4879
Questions and Requests for Additional Information. The Overviews provided in the Appendix are intended to provide Potential Respondents with brief introductions to each of our Member Institutions and Communities. These snapshots highlight the strengths and community networking goals of each Member and include basic information about the population, environment, local broadband market, utility providers and other aspects of the local economy. Potential Respondents who would like to consider more detail about any or all of our Members are encouraged to submit questions or requests for additional information as soon as possible. When requesting additional information or asking questions please specify whether you are interested in responses from all Members or only a subset of Members. Members will attempt to be as responsive as possible to requests for information necessary to provide suitable responses to the RFI. Please submit requests in writing to Elise Kohn (email@example.com) no later than October 4, 2011. Written responses to questions will be provided directly to the entity that asked the question and/or posted on the Gig.U website (www.gig-u.org) by October 19th. Information Session Representatives from Gig.U and our Members will host an information session for parties interested in responding to the RFI on September 26, 2011. The session will be held at: University of Chicago Booth School of Business Gleacher Center Room 100 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, Illinois 60611 The tentative agenda for the information session is: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast RFI Overview and Q&A Break Meetings with Potential Respondents / Respondent lounge area open Informal reception
Two tracks of meetings with Potential Respondents will take place during the afternoon, allowing Potential Respondents to request brief meetings with Gig.U members. A limited number of meeting slots are available during this time period. Potential Respondents may indicate an interest in meeting with specific Gig.U Members, but all Gig.U Members will have the option of attending all meetings with Potential Respondents. Persons interested in attending the information session, scheduling meetings with Gig.U Members on September 26th, or anyone requiring additional information about the event should email Katie Barr (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than September 21st, 2011.
Requests for Additional Meetings with Members. Please note that Gig.U may not be able to accommodate all requests from Potential Respondents interested in scheduling meetings with Members in Chicago on September 26th. Gig.U staff will work to coordinate meetings or conference calls between Members and Potential Respondents whose requests to meet with Members in Chicago cannot be accommodated or those who may need additional time for follow up. We will try to accommodate all requests for meetings or calls to occur before November 2, 2011. C. Delivery of Written Responses to the RFI A detailed list of the information requested is included in Section V of this document. Respondents should submit 3 hard copies of their response documents no later than Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Respondents are also required to submit an electronic copy via email (pdf or zip) and/or on CD delivered to the address listed below. Delivery by U.S. Postal Service / Parcel Delivery Services: Ms. Ellen Satterwhite Program Manager Gig.U c/o The Aspen Institute One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036-1133 Delivery by Email: Please email responses to: RFI@gig-u.org D. Uses of this RFI Gig.U will use RFI responses to engage in discussions with private sector entities offering strategies for our Members to increase the availability of next generation broadband networks and services in their communities. The RFI should not be construed as a Request for Proposal (RFP) by Gig.U or by any of its members, or as an obligation on the part of Gig.U to acquire any products or services. At the conclusion of the RFI process, Members or consortia of Members may seek to rely on information collected through the RFI process or reports generated on the basis of information provided to Gig.U to initiate negotiations or procurement efforts to deploy next generation networks. All such efforts may be subject to the standard negotiation and procurement practices of the Members or Member consortia involved. Gig.U Members will also consider whether there are additional benefits to be realized from ongoing collective action. For example, at the conclusion of the RFI process, Gig.U may consider developing standard contracts, creating lists of preferred and/or pre-approved vendors, or other similar strategies to help our Members realize their next generation networking goals.
E. Public Records and Proprietary Material All submissions and accompanying documentation provided to Gig.U will become the property of Gig.U and made available for Gig.U members to review. Gig.U will endeavor to treat as confidential, trade secret, etc. all responses marked as such in accordance with applicable law. V. INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED
These instructions govern the content and format of desired responses to the RFI. The intent of this RFI is to elicit responses that can communicate a Respondent’s degree of understanding of the Project Members’ needs and describe the Respondent’s approach to successfully provide existing or new products and/or services that meet the mission goals of the Gig.U initiative. Respondents must include all information requested in sections A - B. Responses should incorporate as much of the information requested in Sections C - G as possible. Please be advised that the greater the degree of specificity, the more likely it will be for the Project Members to review your response favorably. A. Summary This section should include a brief narrative with the highlights, key attributes and distinguishing points of the Respondent’s proposed approach. The narrative should also explain how the response aligns with the principles of Gig.U and the Project Members’ goals. The summary should also indicate if the response is tailored towards satisfying any unique connectivity goals that Project Members may have identified in the Project Member Overviews in the Appendix. Respondents may propose deployment models that are generally applicable to any and all Project Members and/or are more tailored solutions only applicable to a single Project Member or a subset of Members. If the response is tailored to a single Member or subset of Members, Respondents should indicate whether the proposal could be replicated to meet the needs of other members and identify any limitations or barriers if the proposal cannot be replicated. Respondents should feel free to propose alternative business models and network solutions that could be used to meet the needs of the Gig.U Project Members. Respondents can suggest multiple alternatives within one response or submit separate responses for each alternative. If submitting multiple responses, each response should include complete answers for all questions included in this RFI. Respondents who suggest multiple alternatives should also include a separate attachment that describes the tradeoffs that Project Members should consider as they evaluate the alternatives proposed by the Respondent. A copy of this attachment should be included with each response. Respondents should also indicate their interest and willingness to work with Project Members to develop test-beds to experiment with new networking solutions of mutual interest.
B. General Information This section should include: 1. Background information including the following details for each company or organization represented in the response: company name, company address, company web page, description of products and services, professional strengths and abilities. Identification of a lead company or organization if more than one is represented in the response. Contact information for the company or group’s primary contact. Respondents may provide more than one contact, but should designate only one primary contact. The following details should be included for each contact: name, title, company name, address, phone number and email address. Description of the Respondent’s experience financing, designing, building, provisioning and/or operating broadband networks or other major infrastructure projects Description of any test results, pilot projects or experiments involving new network technologies or network elements which might be incorporated into Respondent’s proposed solution(s). Sufficient information to demonstrate the Respondent’s financial ability to engage in a project of the magnitude described in the response Listing of all Gig.U member communities and universities within the Respondent’s existing service area (if appropriate). (Respondents should refer to Section I on page 2 or the Appendix which lists the Gig.U member communities. If the Respondent serves communities that are home to satellite campuses of any of the University members, those communities may also be listed.) Description of any current or past contractual relationships, partnerships, collaborations or other working relationships with any Project Member
C. Overview of proposed business model(s) /network solution(s) This section should include a more detailed description of the business model and network designs that the Respondent believes would satisfy Project Members’ desires for next generation networks within their communities. Please note that Members Communities may comprise one or more political subdivisions, but for the purposes of participating in Gig.U and advancing next generation networks, Members may define their communities as an area smaller than a political subdivision. For example, some Members may only be interested in participating in Gig.U for the purpose of enhancing access to ultra high-speed broadband networks and services only in the neighborhoods directly adjacent to the research university campus. The Community Overviews included in the Appendix are intended to help Respondents understand more about how Members are defining their communities for purposes of this process.
Responses may include multiple alternative business models or network designs, but responses should address the feasibility of each alternative as well as the tradeoffs that Project Members should consider when evaluating the alternative. If applicable, Respondents should also explain the reasons why certain alternatives may be better suited for certain types of communities. Please include the following for each alternative business model that you propose: 1. Technology: Description of the network technologies underlying each of the proposed network solution(s) included in the response. Each description should include the following information: a. Technologies proposed and the limitations of each technology. If a variety of technologies are contemplated, the description should include a discussion of the factors likely to influence the choice of technologies; b. As much detail as possible regarding the network design including, but not limited to: network design criteria, network elements, architecture, protocols, system reliability, availability, and operations and maintenance; and c. Network performance characteristics including the range of offerings in terms of capacity and latency for each proposed solution. Services offerings: Description of proposed wholesale or retail service offerings, if any, that the Respondent anticipates offering to institutional, business and residential customers. Respondents should discuss in as much detail as possible: a. Broadband service offerings (type of broadband service, speed tiers, differences between business and residential offerings) b. Ancillary service offerings that may be provided by Respondent or its affiliates (video, voice, security, etc.) c. Pricing strategy d. Willingness to work with Project Members to develop unique pricing or packages for key community stakeholders and populations (e.g. Government, university facilities, K-12 facilities, economically distressed areas) Rollout strategy: Discussion of the anticipated deployment strategy, scope and timing of the proposed rollout. The discussion should also identify factors likely to influence the rollout and explain how those factors impact the strategy. Roles and Responsibilities: Description of the roles and responsibilities envisioned for Respondent, one or more Project Member(s), and outside parties, if applicable, for each of the following: a. Network design b. Network construction c. Network operations and management d. Community outreach and customer acquisition Project Staffing: Discussion of the key personnel expected to be involved from the Project Member(s) and from the Respondent. Include a description of the anticipated roles and responsibilities of all identified personnel. Ownership: Description of the ultimate ownership of any relevant infrastructure or other assets associated with the proposed network solution(s). If Respondent’s proposed solution could succeed using any one of a number of different ownership
scenarios, the response should explain the tradeoffs that Project Members should consider as they evaluate each scenario. 7. Financial Risk/Financing Considerations: Discussion with as much detail as possible about the allocation of financial risk among the parties. Even though specific financial projections may not be possible, responses should describe: a. Types of costs borne by or other financial contributions expected from Project Members; b. Timing of those costs; c. Ways that Project Members may mitigate expected costs including through access to community resources and facilities and/or by lowering regulatory costs associated with the project as described in sections V.D.1. and V.D.2. below and/or longer term commitments, etc.; d. Other anticipated sources of funding. Responses may also include explanations of creative financing approaches that Parties believe Project Members should consider (optional). 8. Construction methods: Listing of the construction methods that the Respondent anticipates using. If multiple construction methods may be considered, include an explanation of how the choice in construction methods may impact the feasibility or economics of the project.
D. Desired Project Member Attributes and Areas of Cooperation This section should identify attributes that Respondents consider desirable in Community partners, and highlight ways that Project Members can cooperate with Respondents to improve the business case for proposed solutions. Please note that community assets, existing regulations and rules related to building, using and operating infrastructure vary among Gig.U Member Communities. Potential Respondents who would like additional information about the assets, rules or regulations of any specific Member Communities should follow the procedures to ask questions or request additional information as outlined in Section IV.B. Specifically, this section should include: 1. Resources and facilities: Explanation of need for access to community assets and resources. Parties should also address the relative importance and impact of variations in terms or more flexibility with respect to accessing the following types of community assets, facilities, and policies: a. Pole Attachments b. Utility conduits c. Dark fiber d. Backhaul or ISP partnerships involving local, statewide or regional fiber assets e. Public Rights of Way f. Undergrounding policies g. Other community assets, facilities (including radio towers) or policies not specifically mentioned above
Regulatory environment: Description of any rules or regulations at the federal, state or local level which could impact the feasibility or underlying economics associated with the proposed solutions. Responses should also include an explanation of any forms of proposed regulatory relief, including streamlined permitting, which could improve the economic case for the business models or network solutions proposed or for other network solutions that Respondents considered but dismissed as uneconomic due to existing regulations. Contracting issues: Explanation of any material considerations or expectations that Respondents have with respect to any of the following issues likely to be negotiated during any future Requests for Proposal: a. Intellectual property b. Insurance c. Indemnities d. Warranties e. Dispute resolution f. Other contracting issues not specifically listed above Other partnership or revenue opportunities: Discussion of any other types of partnerships or working relationships between the Respondent and Project Members which could improve the business case for Respondent to partner with one or more Project Members. For example, a company may work with universities and the surrounding communities to develop partnerships that allow the company to deliver voice, video and data services, and/or to pilot cuttingedge new products, recruit new employees, or enter branding and marketing agreements. We encourage Respondents to be creative and suggest other types of partnerships or business opportunities in which your organization(s) may be interested.
E. Economies of Scale This section should include a discussion of the Respondent’s willingness and/or desire to engage in negotiations with a consortium of two or more Project Members. The response should include: 1. Discussion of how the ability or inability to enter into agreements with multiple Project Members, if possible, might impact Respondent’s proposed business model(s). Statement addressing Respondent’s willingness, if any, to serve Project Members located outside of Respondent’s existing service area Explanation of limitations or conditions relevant to Respondent’s decision to serve communities outside of its existing service area.
F. Tradeoffs Respondents should use this section to provide Project Members with a description of how the Respondent will evaluate differences between communities. Specifically, respondents
should address the relative importance of some or all of the following factors which could influence the business case for next generation networks: Location within existing service area Population density Cooperation from local community to ensure access to rights of way, etc. on favorable terms Availability of existing fiber assets Pre-existing contracts with Project Members Other G. Additional Materials Respondents should use this section to provide any additional materials, suggestions, or discussion that they deem appropriate. Community demographics Local regulatory environment Opportunity for additional revenue associated with new business from Project Members currently served by competitors State regulatory environment Quality of the institution and its reputation for research
Arizona State University and City of Tempe ............................................................................1 California Institute of Technology and City of Pasadena .........................................................4 Case Western Reserve University and the University Circle and Surrounding Communities.. 7 Colorado State University and City of Fort Collins ...................................................................10 Duke University and the City and County of Durham ..............................................................13 Florida State University and City of Tallahassee .....................................................................16 George Mason University and City of Fairfax ..........................................................................19 Georgia Institute of Technology and Atlanta Midtown and Westside .......................................22 Howard University and Washington, DC ..................................................................................25 Indiana University and City of Bloomington .............................................................................28 Michigan State University and East Lansing and Meridian Township .....................................31 North Carolina State University and City of Raleigh ................................................................34 The Pennsylvania State University and State College Region ................................................37 University of Alaska Fairbanks and Fairbanks North Star Borough .........................................40 University of Arizona and Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area ..................................................43 University of Chicago and Southeast Chicago .........................................................................46 University of Colorado Boulder and City of Boulder .................................................................49 University of Florida and City of Gainesville ............................................................................52 University of Hawai’i at M noa and City of Honolulu ...............................................................55 University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) .....................................58 University of Kentucky and Lexington-Fayette County ............................................................61 University of Louisville and City of Louisville ...........................................................................64 University of Maine, Town of Orono and City of Old Town ......................................................67 University of Maryland, College Park and the University District .............................................70 University of Michigan and City of Ann Arbor ..........................................................................73 University of Missouri and City of Columbia ............................................................................76 University of Montana and City of Missoula .............................................................................79 University of Nebraska – Lincoln and City of Lincoln ...............................................................82 University of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque ................................................................. 85 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and Carrboro .............................. 88 University of Oklahoma and the Norman Economic Development Coalition ........................... 91 University of South Florida System and City of Lakeland ........................................................94 University of Virginia, City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle .................................... 97 University of Washington and City of Seattle ...........................................................................100 Virginia Tech and City of Blacksburg .......................................................................................103 Wake Forest University and City of Winston-Salem ................................................................106 West Virginia University and Morgantown ...............................................................................109
Arizona State University and City of Tempe
Arizona State University (ASU) and the City of Tempe are strategic partners in the community. The strength of our relationship has manifested in a melding of the campus and the surrounding vibrant and growing downtown. Together we work to make our community one of unparalleled living and learning. Arizona State University ASU is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. The University enrolls more than 70,000 students and employs almost 3,000 faculty members. Its total annual operating budget is approximately $14 billion, and its estimated annual impact on the Arizona economy is $4.4 billion. City of Tempe The City of Tempe is an urban community of 165,000 that values creativity, knowledge and forward thinking. Tempe is in the center of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It covers 40 square miles and is home to over 500 tech companies. Tempe recently designated a one-mile Creative Corridor of more than 20 high-tech, bio-tech, and alt-energy firms. It is also home to the ASU Research Park, a mile square collaborative research center, adjacent to upscale neighborhoods. Approximately 40 percent of all Tempe residents hold Bachelor degrees or higher. More than 170,000 people are employed in Tempe (a number greater than the number of residents).
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Tempe desires to lead the Southwest in innovation through developing a highly educated workforce and providing an “always connected” atmosphere that welcomes research, development and forward thinking. Tempe’s plan is to integrate technology and lifestyle, providing outstanding community experiences through city services, special events and recreation opportunities. The current generation of broadband, while universally available, is not adequate to sustain the goals of the university or the city. It is the desire of the community to have affordable and reliable next generation broadband (1 Gbps or higher) available to every home and business in Tempe. Tempe believes that the potential of our residents to excel creativity in business is only limited by the availability of affordable technical resources. It is our goal to remove that barrier and leverage the collective connectivity of an entire community. ASU’s goal is to provide high-speed access to advanced computing resources across the university and our community. ASU believes this access is important for expanding its research enterprises in a broad variety of disciplines. ASU is a national leader in powering transformational discoveries and practical innovations that solve local and global challenges.
Community Strengths Tempe is home to more than 500 technology companies and several Fortune 500 firms. More than 300,000 college, trade school and university students study in Tempe at more than a dozen higher learning institutions. Beyond the many research facilities Arizona State offers, including the Flexible Display Center, Bio design Institute, Global Institute for Sustainability and others, many buildings in Tempe, like the Papago Gateway Center, are “research ready.” The one-square mile ASU Research Park in Tempe offers opportunities for companies to partner in research. Boeing, Honeywell and Freescale Semiconductor, along with other companies, perform research and development in the park or have corporate headquarters there. Tempe is a hub for metro light rail service, connecting directly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe offers the most extensive public transportation network in Arizona. Tempe is just minutes from downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, so partnering with T-Gen, tech companies and educational institutions in those communities presents little obstacle. Tempe Town Lake and Mill Avenue provide more than 150 special events annually, ranging from art festivals and Broadway shows to Rock n Roll Marathon, the Ironman Arizona, Aloha Festival, and the Salsa Challenge. University Strengths ASU is ranked as one of the top 100 research universities in the world by China’s premier science and technology institute, and it is number 161 on the UK’s Times Higher Education global list. Nationally, it is in U.S. News & World Report’s top tier, and it has been named one of the greenest universities for its sustainability programs and efforts by a number of organizations and publications. ASU was named 5th in the nation by the Wall St. Journal for producing graduates with career-ready skills who are most likely to succeed in business. ASU is the top-ranked public university for students being named to USA Today’s All-USA Academic First Team and is one of the top 10 producers of Fulbright Scholars in the U.S. ASU is 3rd in the nation for producing Truman Scholars and 5th in the nation for Marshall Scholars. The university is among the top institutions for National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars and 1st in the nation in winning National Security Education Program grants. In fiscal year 2010, the university received more than $347 million in awards, a 33 percent increase over the previous year. Since 2002, ASU’s endowment has grown by 100 percent, total net assets have grown 19 percent, and revenue has grown 92 percent. The university increased research space, adding a new campus, a global innovation park and expanding capacity.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) HH’s with access to broadband HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 73°F 85°F 52°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 0 7.6 0 161,719 2% 40 272 28.5 42,361 39.8% 100% 51% 73,462 38,058 35,404 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 161 95 Mayor/Council/Manager government
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Cox (100%), Satellite(Direct)(100%) CenturyLink (100%), Cox (100%) Broadband: Cox, CenturyLink, (100%), Level3, AGL, AboveNet (limited fiber routes) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: SRP 90%, APS (10%) Southwest Gas 100% 29,087 17,621 Water: Sewer: City of Tempe (100%) City of Tempe (100%) 10,326 109,539
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Tempe St. Luke Other Major Colleges and Universities Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Maricopa County Community College, Rio Salado Community College, University of Phoenix, Lampson Junior College, ITT Tech, Collins College, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, University of Advancing Technology, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Ottawa University Education jobs Other service sector jobs
California Institute of Technology and City of Pasadena
With over 120 years of shared history, Caltech and the City of Pasadena continue to work together on activities that tie the campus together with the larger Pasadena community. Collaborations linking technology entrepreneurs with local resources, the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative that advances science and trains lab technicians, connections to municipally owned fiber optic resources and community access to Caltech cultural activities are just a few examples. California Institute of Technology With an outstanding faculty, including five Nobel laureates, and such off-campus facilities as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the W. M. Keck and Palomar observatories, the California Institute of Technology is one of the world’s preeminent institutions of science and engineering. At Caltech, 967 undergraduates, 1,208 graduate students, 294 professorial faculty and other researchers investigate the most challenging problems in science and engineering. The annual budget for Caltech and JPL exceeds $2.3 billion. City of Pasadena Pasadena is a vibrant and diverse community of 137,000 within 23 square miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The community is notable for its renowned scientific and cultural institutions, a strategic location in the regional labor and commercial real estate markets, a diverse group of employers and the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. Large international engineering firms complement a growing technology sector. Pasadena is also home to a significant health care industry presence, and headquarters operations for the two largest Southern California-based banks.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Pasadena residents are economically, educationally and ethnically diverse, representing many different types of Internet users. Local businesses range from global engineering and technology firms with considerable telecom needs, to small businesses seeking higher bandwidth alternatives at affordable prices. Local institutions and businesses have expressed strong interest in access to gigabit connectivity to support global learning and business community collaboration, and telecommuting alternatives, as well as to attract and retain highly skilled employees. The municipal organization wants to use gigabit connectivity to: support deployment of additional online services; improve public service communications to residents and visitors; deliver high capacity video content; expand use of 3-D modeling, image processing and measurement software; increase deployment of cloud applications in productivity software and infrastructure services; and support improved multi-agency disaster preparedness.
Community Strengths Home to leading scientific institutions and global engineering firms (including Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Observatories, and the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Parsons, Jacobs, and TetraTech), one of Pasadena’s key strengths is its specialization in professional, scientific and technology activities. The community is also known for ongoing collaboration between the City and business, technology and educational groups, supporting technology incubators and transfer programs, providing operational and development incentives to support local research and development efforts and fostering bioscience educational programs. Pasadena is a key cultural and tourist destination, attracting visitors to its 14 museums, 11 performing arts organizations and the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. Pasadena was recently recognized by fDi magazine, a London Financial Times publication, as one of the top small cities in North America for the quality of its workforce and proximity to educational institutions. The City has a history of financial stability, coupled with a tradition of progressive thinking about community development and services–reflected in ownership of the local electric and water utility, Rose Bowl, Convention Center and deployment of a municipal fiber network in the 1990s. The City updated its telecommunications-related permitting policies and procedures in 2009, implementing a streamlined approach that involves key City staff from multiple departments working together from beginning to end to facilitate completion of each project. For more information, please see Cityofpasadena.net University Strengths The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, inter-disciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. Caltech receives more invention disclosures per faculty member than any other university in the nation. In the last 10 years licensing efforts have resulted in 40 to 50 patent licenses per year and about eight start up companies founded per year around Caltech inventions. Most of these new companies choose to locate in the Pasadena area. Caltech operates a variety of research centers and projects including the Beckman Institute, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Caltech also runs a variety of astronomical observatories including the Palomar Observatory, the Keck Observatory, the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and the Submillimeter Observatory. Caltech is also building the Thirty Meter Telescope, the world’s largest optical telescope. Caltech currently ranks 2nd internationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and is ranked 7th in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 62°F 75°F 48°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T (95%); Verizon (5%) 0 20 0 137,122 0.26% 23 320 36.6 $62,242 45.7% 95% 65% 60,178 25,518 34,660 Pasadena is well-built out, with residents distributed across most of the city. Population density is lowest along the city’s western, northwestern, and northeastern edges, which are hilly to mountainous. The remainder of Pasadena lies on a plain that slopes upward gently. Pasadena is a charter city, with a City Council-City Manager form of government. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 1,623 12
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Charter (77%); AT&T (23%) Broadband: Charter, AT&T, Verizon, TWTelecom, Level3, XO Communications, PAETEC, cellular data providers (service availability and bandwidth varies widely across the city) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Pasadena Water & Power (100%) S. Calif. Gas Co. (100%) 6,585 1,542 Water: Sewer: Pasadena Water & Power (100%) Pasadena Public Works (100%) 7,224 57,163
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Huntington Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Art Center College of Design, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena City College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Case Western Reserve University and the University Circle and Surrounding Communities
Case Western Reserve University Case Western Reserve University is the largest private university in Ohio. With an annual budget of $940.2 million, these schools are home to 9,837 students, 2,745 faculty and 2,200 staff. University Circle (including Cleveland, East Cleveland, and Cleveland Heights) University Circle is a 550-acre, park-like concentration of nearly 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions located at the eastern edge of Cleveland. In addition to the Case Western Reserve University, the community includes Severance Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Clinic, Veteran’s Administration, University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and many others. Established as a nonprofit in 2003, OneCommunity seeks to transform Northern Ohio into a technologically competitive, 21st century, connected community.
The Case Connection Zone is a research project with the goal of bringing 1 Gbps Internet connectivity to the neighborhoods surrounding Case Western Reserve University. The current beta block comprises 100 separate residences, each connected by a dedicated fiber to a high-speed switch. We are studying how this ultra high-speed network can be used with new applications and services to improve the quality of life for the residents in health, energy, safety and education.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The Case Western Reserve University Gig.U initiative seeks to provide next generation ultra high-speed bandwidth to the neighborhoods around the University. As noted in the map, the desired area is a five kilometer radius around the university. The end-user population includes a large number of students, faculty and staff who live in the immediate environs around the University. In addition, there is are significant populations of underserved and unserved communities in the encatchment area. Partnering with University Circle and OneCommunity our goal is to provide gigabit services and layered wireless services across the encatchment area. The attached map (green) shows the 5 km radius and a proposed second phase radius of 10 kms. It is worth noting that the phase one (5 km) effort crosses three city borders, including Cleveland, East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. Finally, following the pioneering effort of the Case Connection Zone, the project will seek to advance research and efforts to develop next generation applications.
Community Strengths University Circle is Northeast Ohio’s most dynamic district with over $2.0 billion in new infrastructure, neighborhoods, entertainment, retail, cultural and business developments underway. We are redefining our neighborhoods, business hubs, and arts & culture community. Northeast Ohio venture development organization JumpStart Inc. tied for 9th among the 100 most-active investors to make first-time investments in start-up or early-stage companies in 2009, according to an annual ranking in the July edition of Entrepreneur magazine. The national Start Up America initiative is based in Cleveland at JumpStart. Morgenthaler Ventures, founded in Cleveland, tied for 11th most active with six first-time investments in early-stage companies in 2009. Additional success has come from BioEnterprise, a business formation, recruitment and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Northeast Ohio, so far this year, is the most active region for health care investing in 11 Midwestern states and western Pennsylvania. State policy has also attracted substantial new investment. Led by a matching program that's a small part of the State's $700 million investment in research, innovation and economic development (Third Frontier Program), numerous angel funds have newly emerged and are now well underway to making investments. The state has also completely revamped its corporate tax system to encourage growth, attraction and retention of businesses. University Strengths Case Western Reserve University is the economic research engine of Northeast Ohio. In addition to receiving approximately $350m in national research funding, the University has an active and nationally ranked technology transfer office supporting commercialization and licensing arrangements with the private sector. The University’s School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top schools and leads the nation in regenerative medicine, cancer research, translational medicine, pediatrics, and genomics research. Nationally ranked programs in bio-medical engineering, nano-technology, alternative fuel cells and energy and wind turbine technologies. The School of Engineering’s has an active collaboration with NASA Glenn. The electrical engineering and computer science department has active research in network technologies. The University founded OneCleveland in 2003 which became the community network organization known as OneCommunity. The University has a long tradition of early adoption of network and related technologies, including being one of the first nodes on the ARPANet and the Cleveland Free Net Case Western Reserve was the first university to have an allfiber-optic network and to roll out the first switched gigabit fiber optical network. The University’s long standing community engagement efforts are regularly cited as among the top in the nation in terms of student community service hours, medicine, dental medicine, and community nursing programs. The Engineers Without Borders chapter is actively involved in neighborhood community outreach as are dozens of other students groups.
Background Information of 5 km Phase One area Population (2000) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Time Warner 50°F 59°F 41°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity Phone: AT&T 56 37 38.5 $ 32,390 14.3% 95% 43% 113,164 Apartment complexes Average # units / 250,000 %The Cleveland and East Cleveland portion of the phase one area contains significantly underserved and unserved communities with multiple education, work, and health related challenges. The residents in Cleveland Heights and in the immediate area of University Circle in Cleveland represent a disproportionate number of University and University Circle affiliated institutions and their respective staff, faculty, and students.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: AT&T, Time Warner, CavTel Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Local Economy 2000 Percent of all jobs High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, Veterans Administration, Cleveland Free Clinic Other Major Colleges and Universities Cleveland State University 8% 17% Finance, Insurance Other service sector jobs 10% 42% Cleveland Public Power, First Water: Energy Sewer:
Colorado State University and City of Fort Collins
The City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University are poised to embark upon this effort— utilizing and extending the miles of fiber franchised to Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) by the City—to extend next generation networking to their high-tech, very progressive constituents. Colorado State University Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity). CSU was founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, six years before the Colorado Territory gained statehood. It was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The doors opened to a freshman class of 19 students in 1879. In 1935, the school became the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A&M, and was renamed Colorado State University in 1957. Currently, the University hosts 26, 500 students, 1,500 faculty members and 4,500 staff members. The University has an annual budget of $861 million dollars. City of Fort Collins Fort Collins was founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864. The Colorado Central Railroad arrived in 1877, and Fort Collins became a thriving agricultural center. In the early 20th century, Fort Collins became the economic and cultural center of the region. During the late 20th century, Fort Collins expanded rapidly to the south, adding new development, including several regional malls. In 2006, Money ranked Fort Collins as the best place to live in America, proclaiming "great schools, low crime, good jobs in a hightech economy and a fantastic outdoor life make Fort Collins No. 1." Fort Collins continues to grow in population at a measured pace, and remains a great place to live, to work and to raise a family.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Community users are technologically quite adept, and very progressive in their use of technology and the Internet Fort Collins is home to numerous advanced technology companies, encompassing higher education, IT, energy, bioengineering, GIS, and environmental firms who perform leadingedge R&D and need next generation networks to support their activities Increasing interactions between and among the University, established businesses and advanced start-up companies motivates the need for ultra high-speed connectivity to all involved and to their constituents at home Users require speeds of at least hundreds of megabits per second, gigabit per second is desirable, to support and promote research, education, and economic development It is the desire of the community to have affordable and reliable next generation broadband available to every home and business within the city limits
Community Strengths Ranked one of the Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology (U.S. News and World Report, 2011). Fort Collins-Loveland were named Top Colorado City for Job Growth (2011 Best Cities for Job Growth, Newgeography.com, 2011). One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011 (Trulia.com, 2010). Named 5th Most Educated City in the country based on education levels of our adult population (Portfolio.com, 2010). Named one of the Top 10 Digital Cities (Center for Digital Government, 2007) The area is a proven high-tech incubator, including the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, Northern Colorado Economic Development Center, Clean Energy Cluster, Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology and Larimer Bioscience Cluster. Mature underground fiber infrastructure citywide, deployed in multiple rings of high-count fiber and laterals to many companies and the Automated Traffic Management System. Recipient of a Department of Energy Smart Grid Award for extending wireless Advanced Meter Infrastructure throughout the City. Home to a wide variety of high-technology companies, including Advanced Energy, Agilent, AMD, Avago, HP, i-Cubed, Intel, Spirae and Woodward Governor. University Strengths College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences ranked 3rd in the country. Creates innovative applications supporting the new energy economy, smart grid, advanced manufacturing, high-tech agricultural and natural resource management and many other emerging areas. More than $320 million per year in funded research and external activities. Largest Western Water Resources archive in the region, including a plethora of online materials. Operates and maintains the shared digital repository for Colorado State University, Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Anschutz Medical Center, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado at Denver; including eScience support for very large data sets and data management plans. Supports over 40 high-technology companies in the region via the Information Science and Technology Center. Operates and maintains a Cray High-Performance Computing system, an element of the Front Range Computing Research Consortium.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 47°F 62°F 34°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Qwest/CenturyLink and others (96%) 47.3” 15.84” 0 143,986 1.9% 55.58 492 27.9 $47,843 49.4% 96% 71.1% 60,503 38,109 4,854 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 13,789 10-19 Fort Collins consists of a downtown area, a business corridor, and various well-defined neighborhoods Fort Collins is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. Fort Collins has a mayor-council form of government with six council persons who serve four-year terms, and a mayor who serves a two-year term.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Comcast [36,023 households (structures/units)]
Broadband: Comcast, Qwest and various wireless providers Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: City of Ft. Collins (100%) Xcel Energy (74.7%) 17% 15% Water: City of Ft. Collins (99.8%) Sewer: City of Ft. Collins (99.8%) Education jobs Other service sector jobs 12% 14%
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Poudre Valley Health System Other Major Colleges and Universities Front Range Community College, University of Phoenix, Institute of Business and Medical Careers, Regis University
Duke University and the City and County of Durham
Duke University and the City and County of Durham believe ultra high-speed network connectivity is essential to driving innovation and economic growth – and that as one of America’s leading “creative class” communities, Durham has the right talent to develop and diffuse tomorrow’s bandwidth applications, and the right environment in which to test those applications. Duke University Duke University is a top-ranked global university with major research programs in areas including technology, health care and the life sciences. Duke is one of the top ten universities for total research dollars, with more than 14,000 students and more than 3,000 tenured, tenure-track or regular rank faculty, and a $4.8 billion operating budget. City and County of Durham Durham is the “City of Medicine,” home to 85% of the County’s 270,000 residents. A racially and economically-diverse community that reflects America’s diversity, Durham is a key part of the Research Triangle region, one of America’s leading areas for education, life sciences, technology and entrepreneurship.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Durham is the fifth-largest city in North Carolina, and is housed within the state’s seventeenth-smallest county; core knowledge economy assets within a few miles proximity (Research Triangle Park is 4 miles from downtown, Duke is 2 miles from downtown, North Carolina Central University and Durham Tech are 1 mile from downtown, etc.) surrounded by dense, diverse neighborhoods. A burgeoning start-up and entrepreneurial community and large numbers of established and new firms in data-intensive science and technology fields provide market demand for both high-speed connectivity and new cloud-based services to support their activities. Research Triangle Park is home to the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, which operates a leading statewide fiber-optic research and education network with co-location and other facilities in the Park. Community interest includes both fiber-optic and other technologies for gigabit connectivity to homes, businesses and other institutions, and in high-speed wireless solutions to provide improved connectivity to areas that may not today be fiber-ready. We welcome innovative responses from providers with strategies for providing wide-ranging broadband access across varying demographic levels. Durham welcomes responses from incumbent providers, existing providers not currently serving the community and new entrants not currently providing broadband services. We also welcome partnerships between providers.
Community Strengths Durham is home to over 75 percent of Research Triangle Park (RTP), a well-known science/R&D region with significant numbers of high-tech and bio/life-sciences jobs. Durham MSA is ranked first in the U.S. for percentage of “creative class” workforce (science/technology, education, research, etc.). RTP or downtown are home to the largest US site for IBM (10,000+ FTEs); largest Cisco US site outside California (4,300+ FTEs); the US or global headquarters for Lenovo, GlaxoSmithKline, Quintiles, RTI International, US National Institutes for Environmental Health Science; and McKinney (largest advertising agency in the Southeast). Many resources for startups/entrepreneurs, including Intersouth (largest venture capital firm in NC, one of largest in the Southeast), Square One Financial (southeastern office for financial services/banking for startups), CED (RTP-based, largest entrepreneurship accelerator of its type in U.S.). As a very diverse community with no racial majority, the city and county of Durham are very representative of larger U.S. demographics making this community an ideal test-bed for new broadband applications and for bridging digital divides. The RTP region, including Durham, is a leading center for smart-grid and green energy innovation. University Strengths In FY 2009, Duke received more than $657 million in federal research funding, and has seen one of the strongest rates of growth in research among American universities. Strong interest in engaging with and supporting revitalization in Durham, from celebrated neighborhood partnership initiatives and service learning programs to the university’s support for the renewal of downtown Durham, which now contains both university offices and highly-regarded office space for start-up companies, small businesses and corporations. Duke’s academic medical center consistently ranked among the top ten American hospitals, and is a major center for research and biomedical study in addition to education and patient care. The university operates as a single integrated (hospital, private practice, community clinics, etc.) health care provider in Durham County with an 80 percent market share; this makes Duke an ideal home to broadband-enabled trials in health informatics, telemedicine and other areas. Duke has a track record of successful partnerships and collaborations with the private sector in general, and in technology particularly; in the past ten years, Duke has deployed the largest planned 802.11n campus network and the world’s largest Cisco TelePresence Classroom, and partnered with Apple to provide iPods to an entire entering class to spark experimentation in digitally-mediated learning.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 59°F 70°F 47°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Frontier (95%) 8 42 1 267,587 2% 290/94 625 (ci.) 31 $47,885 45.6% 88% 71% 120,217 75,827 44,390 ~ 84% of the population of Durham County lives within the 1/3 of the area of the County that is within the Durham City limits (94 of 290 square miles). The topography of Durham is primarily flat to rolling hills with elevations between 200 ft. – 700 ft. above sea level. The City of Durham is the only incorporated municipality within Durham County. The two entities together have combined general fund budgets exceeding $700 million. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 312 118
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Time Warner Cable (88%) Broadband: Time Warner Cable, Frontier, Clear, AT&T DSL (portion of county) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Electric (95%) PSNC (60%) 18,882 33,394 Water: City of Durham (80%) Sewer: City/County of Durham (80%) Education jobs Other service sector jobs 19,035 37,669
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Duke University Medical Center, Durham Regional Hospital, VA Medical Center, NC Specialty Hospital, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College
Florida State University and City of Tallahassee
Florida State University (FSU), located in the Capitol City of Tallahassee, Florida, is a premier, comprehensive, graduate research university with 16 schools and colleges that offer more than 300 undergraduate, graduates, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs covering a vast array of disciplines critical to society today. Florida State University The Florida State University (FSU) was officially established in 1851. Since that time, FSU has grown to include: Nearly 40,000 students from every county in this state, every state in the nation and from over 50 countries worldwide. More than 7,257 employees (including 1,446 faculty). Florida State consistently ranks in the top 10 universities nationally in physical sciences grants awarded by the National Science Foundation and has an annual operating budget of over $1.13 billion. City of Tallahassee Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the Florida Territory, in 1824. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County, and is the 128th largest city in the United States. In 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 181,376. Tallahassee is a regional center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Panhandle, and is served by Tallahassee Regional Airport.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Provide next generation ultra high-speed bandwidth along with wireless services to the extended community and neighborhoods around the University. Extend the University’s 1 Gbps fiber connectivity to the community through public-private partnerships. Provide off campus students, faculty and employees of both the University and Tallahassee extended community with 1 Gbps fiber to the neighborhood (FTTN) and also fiber to home (FTTH). Provide the extended campus business community with 1Gig fiber to the premises (FTTP). Facilitate and coordinate community based exchange of research, education, economic development and health related information over the next generation network through regional and national networking partnerships. Extend or integrate existing or proposed middle mile initiatives with the next generation network for last mile (wired/wireless) connectivity to underserved and un-served areas of the community. Facilitate and enable achieving the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan Goal #4: Every American community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.
Community Strengths Tallahassee is the capital of the state of Florida, and the county seat of Leon County. Tallahassee ranks among the top 10 cities in America to find a job. Compared to the rest of the country, Tallahassee's cost of living is 12.6 percent lower than the U.S. average. Tallahassee is a past winner of the National Civic League's "All-America City Award", which it won in 1999. The Tallahassee community is one of the fastest growing manufacturing and high tech economies in Florida. For more information on the Tallahassee Community, please visit Visittallahassee.com University Strengths FSU consistently ranks in the top 10 universities nationally in physical sciences grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. The University is widely known for offering extensive opportunities in research, service learning and study abroad. Research centers include the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Reading Research Center and the School of Computational Science. FSU creates a diverse and caring environment, and its talented undergraduate and graduate students take advantage of those opportunities to flourish. Epitomized by Rhodes Scholars, Truman Scholars, Goldwater Scholars and other elite scholars, FSU students are dedicated to academic excellence and to providing leadership in a complex world. FSU’s faculty include: Nobel laureates, six members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, seven Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and two winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Faculty members lead several scholarly fields in citations of their published work. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, located on Florida State’s campus, is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world, boasting equipment that produces a magnetic field 1 million times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. FSU is an equity owner (along with 11 other public, private universities in the state) of the Florida LambdaRail, LLC. (FLR) that was created to facilitate advanced research, education, and economic development activities in the State of Florida, utilizing next generation network technologies, protocols, and services. For more information on FLR please visit Flrnet.org
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (100%) 79.5°F 92F 56.3°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane/tornado activity (days) index Phone: Century Link (100%) Trace 63.21 323/75 181,376 12.4% 98.2sg.mi. 917.81 26.3 $34,335 49.9% 90% (est.) 45% (est.) 137,412 87,447 49,965 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 155 (10mi.) Tallahassee is the capital of the state of Florida. Terrain is hilly; the elevation varies from near sea level to just over 200 feet. The city also includes two large lake basins, Lake Jackson and Lake Lafayette, and borders the northern end of the Apalachicola National Forest. Mayor/Commission/Manager Government.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast; Century link; Florida LambdaRail; Florida Power & Light; Level 3; AT&T MyFlorida Network(State network) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: City of Tallahassee (100%) City of Tallahassee (100%) 3,000 3,700 Water: Sewer: City of Tallahassee (100%) City of Tallahassee (100%) 12,488 154,700
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Tallahassee Capital Region Medical Center; Children's Home Society of Florida; Health Rehab Hospital of Tallahassee; Southeastern Urological Center; Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare; Tallahassee Outpatient Surgery Other Major Colleges and Universities Barry University School of Adult and Continuing Education; Flagler College; Florida A&M University; Florida State University; ITT Technical Institute; Keiser University; Lewis M. Lively Area Vocational-Technical School; Saint Leo University; Tallahassee Community College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
George Mason University and City of Fairfax
George Mason University Since it became an independent Virginia University in 1972, George Mason University has grown into a major educational force and earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial institution. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., George Mason has a growing and diverse student body and an exceptional faculty of enterprising scholars. At the center of the world’s political, information and communications networks, George Mason is the university needed by a region and a world driven by new social, economic and technological realities. The University has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Counties. It has an annual budget of $889 million and 32,562 enrolled students. The University is supported by 1,534 staff and 2,368 full and part-time instructional and research faculty. City of Fairfax Positioned in central Fairfax County, the city is convenient to all major points in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Washington Dulles International Airport is 13 miles to the west and Reagan National Airport is 15 miles east. The Capital Beltway is five miles to the east, and Interstate 66 skirts the city’s northern boundary. The city runs its own bus system, providing direct access to mass transit at the Vienna metro station, two miles from the center of the city. The University has become a valued partner with the city in several endeavors. With a student and faculty population over 35,000, GMU is an important contributor to the city’s economy and way of life. The cultural and recreational offerings from the university plus the obvious business opportunities enhance the city’s image as a cultural center for the region.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Ultra high-speed connectivity can be used to support existing economic redevelopment and innovation efforts such as the expanding Fairfax Innovation Center, a business incubator operated by the University, the Small Business Development Center and the City. The resilient economy has allowed the city to reposition itself to support redevelopment in Old Town Fairfax and in the Route 50/29 Corridor, now known as Fairfax Boulevard. The city has taken an aggressive role in these redevelopments by committing approximately $40 million in public infrastructure improvements in support of private development in these areas. The Fairfax Boulevard Corridor is the city’s economic engine. The city is currently working through a comprehensive revitalization strategy that will involve public improvements to the street and landscaping and private construction of new commercial and residential buildings. Extending next generation gigabit connectivity throughout this development will enhance the potential for innovation and investment in the area. Mason’s three main campuses are interconnected using a private optical fiber ring. Dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) is used to provision multiple 1 GB and 10 GB channels on the fiber, separating data backups and network management traffic from general network communications. The University has two independent connections to the Internet currently totaling 2 Gbps of bandwidth, and a 10 Gbps connection to Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail. More than 1,200 wireless access points on the three major campuses ensure that approximately 95 percent of the university’s floor space has wireless network access.
Community Strengths Fairfax boasts a healthy economy, particularly compared with the rest of the nation with 5 percent unemployment rate (2 QTR 2011) as compared to 6 percent in Virginia and 9 percent nationally. The area is projected to have 10,500 new jobs between 2000 and 2030, a 36 percent increase. Local employers include Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax Nursing Center, Zeta Associates, Lockheed Martin, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the United States Postal Service. Since 2005, the City has focused on the redevelopment of Old Town Fairfax and the revitalization of the Route 50/29 corridor, the city’s primary economic location. In downtown Fairfax, there is 150,000 square feet of retail/restaurant and office space in addition to upscale residential units planned for this project. Construction on the commercial component is completed with new tenants having taken occupancy and others completing their build-outs in the near future. In addition to this project, a new Fairfax City Regional Library has opened offering nearly 45,000 square feet of community space and state-of –the-art amenities. Additional plans for other under-utilized parcels in downtown Fairfax continue to evolve. In May, 2009, the City of Fairfax was rated as 3rdin the "Top 25 Places to Live Well" by Forbes Magazine. University Strengths Named one of the top five national universities to watch on its list of “Up-and-Coming Institutions” (U.S. News & World Report, 2009). Mason has been recognized as one of the few National Universities with little to no difference in graduation rates between African American, Hispanic and White students. George Mason University was ranked in the top 200 North and Latin American Universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education. Mason is considered one of the national top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance). The University has strength in the basic and applied sciences with critical mass in proteomics, neuroscience and computational sciences. Research support comes to Mason faculty from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The National Security Agency has designated Mason’s Center for Secure Information Systems as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R) in Information Assurance Education.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Cox Cable 70°F 87°F 22°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Verizon 46 45 3 22,565 1% 6.3 16 37 $98,133 52% 98% 85% 8,680 4,880 2,500 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 1,400 The population density is 3,581 people per square mile. Fairfax has a council-manager government.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Cox Cable, Verizon Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Dominion Virginia Power Washington Gas 4,000 107 Water: City of Fairfax Sewer: City of Fairfax Education jobs Other service sector jobs 435 5,000
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Inova Other Major Colleges and Universities Northern Virginia Community College
Georgia Institute of Technology and Atlanta Midtown and Westside
Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. 20,000 students 1,000 full-time faculty $1.2 billion budget Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Management, Sciences, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities in the United States. Atlanta Midtown and Westside Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, between Midtown and Westside, just north of Downtown. (The target area includes Atlantic Station, Centennial Olympic Park, Home Park, Techwood, and portions of Downtown). This is a very socioeconomically diverse area, which includes several low income neighborhoods, corporate headquarters (Coca-Cola and Turner Media), and multiple cultural institutions. The area is home to several thousand small enterprises, including numerous technology companies. Just outside the target area is the Georgia State Capital. Multiple hospitals and universities are adjacent to or in the area. The area features single family home neighborhoods, residential high rises, and mixed use developments. It is at the center of the southeast’s hub for commerce and transportation.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The area around Georgia Tech is highly diverse. The general goals are to increase educational achievement, employment, and environmental quality. More specific goals are to grow locally headquartered enterprises, particularly in the areas of business services, hospitality, and technology. The types of end-users are similarly diverse. The general requirement for connectivity is “more.” Both the demands and density of users are increasing in the area. The general opportunity is for innovation and learning-by-doing. Georgia Tech conducts a wide range of research into applications, infrastructure, and socioeconomic impacts. Our goal is to create a “living laboratory” for next generation networking. Georgia Tech is also interested in public-private partnerships to deliver next generation services, cloud computing, data back-up, high performance computing, etc.
Atlanta Midtown and Westside
Georgia Institute of Technology
Community Strengths Atlanta is one of the major hubs for commerce and transportation in the southeast, and a major location for technological innovation. Atlanta is home to diverse population and rich cultural assets, and the target area includes many of those assets. The target area described in this document is highly dynamic, with a combination of stable neighborhoods, revitalized urban core areas, and commercial/industrial areas, which makes an ideal environment for developing next generation broadband applications. The target area is a rather small portion of the Atlanta metro, but includes major telecommunications infrastructure, so provides an ideal jumping off point for constructing a larger network infrastructure. Atlanta is the termination/cross-connect point for multiple north American and global networks, as well as several regional middle-mile networks. This means that the urban infrastructure can be easily connected to existing rural and global infrastructure. University Strengths Georgia Tech has a long history of providing technical assistance for enterprises and institutions to adopt and use new technologies. Indeed, such assistance is core to our mission and identity. Georgia Tech boasts the one of the largest concentration of advanced technological talent and innovation capacity in the southeast. Our private sector partners, large and small, and neighbors, as well as faculty and students area well prepared to make full use of next generation broadband. Georgia Tech has strong partnerships with leading local and state agencies and institutions, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, technology-based economic development, and innovation policies.
Atlanta Midtown and Westside
Georgia Institute of Technology
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast, others 61.3°F 89.4°F 33.5°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T, others 47.1 31.9 $49,981 50% unknown 50% 24,896 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 43,777 29% 10 The target area includes Fulton County census tracts 4, 5, 6, 8, 10.1, 10.2, 12, 13, 118, 19, 21; a small portion of the Atlanta metro area. Urban/suburban area with rolling terrain City of Atlanta and Fulton County governments, adjacent to DeKalb County
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: multiple Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Georgia Power Various 20,121 5,459 Water: Sewer: City of Atlanta City of Atlanta 7,060 16,779
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial, Piedmont (just north of area) Other Major Colleges and Universities Clark Atlanta University, Emory (just east of area), Georgia State University, SCAD Atlanta Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Atlanta Midtown and Westside
Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard University and Washington, DC
Howard University offers over 100 programs, services and activities that are available to the public. The Howard University Community Association provides the University family with information about important community events and initiatives. Howard University Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community. Washington, DC The Central Campus is surrounded by urban residential neighborhoods. The neighborhoods of Shaw, LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale lie to the south and east; Pleasant Plains, Park View and Columbia Heights lie to the north and west. All of these neighborhoods have a rich and notable history, with LeDroit Park awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Howard University Community Association is the principal point of contact between the University and the community at large. It is the locus for the award-winning LeDroit Park Initiative, ongoing University planning efforts regarding the Georgia Avenue Corridor and the University's central campus planning process.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Provide medical imaging (and other medical applications such as remote surgery, diagnosis, etc.) such as at HUH to other hospitals and specialized medical providers, physician clinics and offices and select medical service consumers, with a focus on both clinical services and medical school education Support existing and provide new economic development and community empowerment (empowerment zones, creating a virtual venture center, an entrepreneur’s network, etc.) Broaden dissemination of Howard expertise and facilities throughout underserved communities (such as virtual reality and virtual tours for students and families in underserved communities with a focus on raising educational aspiration and achievement) through remote access to specialized facilities, faculty expertise, and programming.
Community Strengths In order to enhance the quality of life in the greater campus community, the surrounding community can support public-private partnerships, or other collaborations, with representatives from neighboring residential areas, as well as representatives from the District of Columbia and Federal governments. The vision of Howard as a world-class research presence reflects an ambitious investment in its academic program, its physical plant and the community that surrounds it. The University places a priority on creating meaningful campus spaces. The LeDroit Park Initiative is a national model of neighborhood-wide revitalization and economic development. In partnership with Fannie Mae, the Fannie Mae Foundation and LeDroit Park neighborhood residents, Howard University is successfully implementing a comprehensive multi-phase program of redevelopment within a 150block area surrounding its central campus. The program includes the rehabilitation and new construction of 43 units of housing that provides affordable homeownership opportunities for University employees and local residents along with financial and technical assistance to purchasers. This development, in turn, is creating a catalyst for much more private-sector development among the scores of vacant and abandoned properties throughout the immediate area. University Strengths Howard is a unique university with a special mission that addresses higher education needs that are important to the strategic interest of our nation. It is one of only two nonmilitary colleges or universities chartered by the United States Congress and the only research university in the nation with this status. Howard was the nation’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to achieve Research I status under the old Carnegie Classification system and the only institution within this group to be truly comprehensive with respect to its array of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Howard’s unique mission focuses on academic excellence and preparing students for national and international leadership roles. Howard prepares students to be highly qualified, socially aware and ethical individuals. As a comprehensive research university with a diverse, predominantly AfricanAmerican student body and faculty, Howard contributes to the development of new knowledge that seeks to solve social and economic problems in the domestic and international arenas that particularly impact the African Diaspora.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast, RCN 53 °F 88 °F 27 °F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Verizon, AT&T 16.6 40.2 $58,906 48.5% % % 285,135 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 601,723 5.2% 61.40 Washington, D.C. has a resident population of 601,723; its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of nearly 5.6 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country. It is located in the humid subtropical climate zone
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, RCN, Verizon, AT&T, Clearwire Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Pepco Washington Gas Water Sewer: District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Children’s National Medical Center, Howard University Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, George Washington University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Other Major Colleges and Universities American University, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Trinity University, University of the District of Columbia Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Indiana University and City of Bloomington
The City of Bloomington and Indiana University wish to extend our technology collaboration and partnership to bring pervasive networking capacity and applications to our respective residents, businesses, students, faculty and staff. Indiana University Bloomington Campus Established in 1820, Indiana University (IU) is a multi-campus public university in the State of Indiana with core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and regional campuses in Fort Wayne, Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend. IU's total student population exceeds 109,000, it currently employs more than 18,500 employees (including 8,685 academic staff, of which 3136 are tenure-track faculty) and has an annual operating budget of $3 billion. IU is committed to Information Technology infrastructure and research and was voted among Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to work in IT in 2010 and 2011. City of Bloomington Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is a small city with big city amenities, atmosphere and culture. Home of the Little 500 bicycle race, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and Indiana University, Bloomington is filled with residents who have an appreciation for world class entertainment, cultural festivities and higher education. Combine this with a commitment to recreational activities on the B-Line Trail, a passion for the arts as seen through the creation and development of the Bloomington Economic & Arts District, and a budding tech and life sciences sector, Bloomington is a community steeped in tradition with an eye always on progress and sustainability.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities 1 Gbps or faster residential and commercial service within city/corporate boundary. Both the University and the City of Bloomington require resources which can differentiate itself from similar institutions and communities. High-speed connectivity is critical to the growth of Bloomington and Indiana University. Tighter integration between the university network, Bloomington Digital Underground (a comprehensive program to install fiber-optic cable and conduit throughout the city) and existing research networks. Greater network capacity to support health and safety networks. New health and safety networks are going to require exponentially more network capacity as applications become more complex. Delivering notifications, high definition video services for medical services are just two examples of advanced applications developed at the University can improve the quality of life in the surrounding community. Backbone for expansion of outdoor WiFi in downtown core and public areas. Access to high capacity wireless networks is taken for granted by any incoming freshman class at any University. Most Universities and increasingly communities will see the lack of such high quality networks as a competitive disadvantage. Creation of ad hoc networks for the purpose of health information exchange (HIE), large area intranets, etc. Delivery of health information at the point of patient care will require enormous about of network capacity. Gigabit capacity to the home, medical clinics, doctors offices and hospitals will be necessary to deliver the information as the health care system goes thru this transformation.
City of Bloomington
Community Strengths Indiana’s sixth largest city and the flagship community for Indiana University, Bloomington is an exciting mix of worldly cultures, academic and artistic enthusiasm, and Hoosier helpfulness – prime ingredients to foster both collaboration and innovation to building a knowledge economy. Highlights include: Bloomington has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of "America’s Best Cities for Doing Business" and as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 50 "Hottest Small Cities for Entrepreneurs." Additionally, Forbes Magazine ranked Bloomington No. 3 in its "Best Places for Business Careers" feature. Bloomington is a regional economic center anchored by Indiana University and home to a diverse business community that excels in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, health care, and the arts. Bloomington's concentration of employment in the life sciences is six times greater than the U.S. average, and employment in the technology sector has grown by over 80 percent in recent years. Public schools in Bloomington beat statewide averages on standardized test scores, and nearly 87 percent of high school graduates go on to college. E-learning, Bioinformatics, homeland security, Department of Defense and the world's first School of Informatics have made Bloomington a national technology leader. Bloomington is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. in several publications including CNN Money Magazine and Men’s Journal. University Strengths IU is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and is a world leader in professional, medical and technological education. IU’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate and continuing education for students, as well as to provide access to outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. IU seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st Century problems. Highlights from 2010 include: IU Bloomington Libraries recognized as the top university library in the country. Named a 2010 Best Place to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine. IU received a record $603.9 million in grants and awards for research and other programs. Ranked as a "best value" amongst public colleges (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine). IU a member of the Association of American Universities, a collection of leading research universities. Ranked as a top school worldwide and nationally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. IU had over 110 academic programs ranked in the top twenty nationwide.
City of Bloomington
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (100%) 53 F 63 F 41 F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T (100%) 8.8 44.91 0.27 80,405 1.49% 23.4 233.63 23.3 $23,772 40% 100% Unknown 32,682 15,473 17,209 The population is concentrated in neighborhoods surrounding the downtown center and within the Indiana University campus located northeast of downtown. The terrain in southern Indiana is considered hilly relative to the rest of the state. Bloomington is not as hilly overall as some of the more rural areas in the county but in general there are rolling hills throughout the community Local government is a strong mayor system with city council. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 561 26.5
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, AT&T Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Duke (100%) Vectren (100%) 5,140 6,572 Water: Sewer: City of Bloomington Utilities (99%) City of Bloomington Utilities (100%) 15,610 2,053
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Meadowwood Hospital, Monroe Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
City of Bloomington
Michigan State University and East Lansing and Meridian Township
Michigan State University, East Lansing and Meridian Township, as well as the surrounding communities of Bath, Haslett, Holt, Mason, the City of Lansing and Lansing Township are united in working toward enhancing broadband capacity and adoption in the community and throughout the state. Michigan State University Michigan State University, originally Michigan Agricultural College, was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university. Since then, MSU has grown considerably, featuring 47,131 students and employing 4,900 faculty and staff. MSU has an annual budget of $1.8 billion. These indicate that Michigan State is the ninth largest university in the country and among the largest in the world. East Lansing and Meridian Township The settlement of East Lansing began around 1847. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and established in what is now East Lansing in 1857. Today, East Lansing is a young, thriving community, home to students and faculty as well as a high concentration of young professionals. First settled in 1836, present-day Meridian Township is located approximately 10 miles east of Michigan's State Capital, Lansing and is immediately adjacent to Michigan State University. Approximately 32 square miles, it is close to major highways, rail and the Capital City Airport is just minutes away.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The end-users of Internet in these communities are comprised of college students and faculty, as well as businesses, who rely increasingly on broadband for remote server access, digital learning and telecommuting. The relatively large number of apartment buildings, particularly in East Lansing, dictates a need for FTTB last-mile capacity throughout much of the community. FTTH access will be especially important for existing businesses, and an important tool for attracting new high-tech companies. Additionally, expansion of the regions’ fiber networks along Michigan Avenue would be pivotal to economic revitalization on that route and contribute to reemergence of Michigan Avenue as a key economic corridor in Michigan. The network should also connect to existing fiber rings in Lansing, giving leaders in state government greater access to research produced by the university. Through the implementation and expansion of Gbps fiber capacity in the Greater Lansing Region, this community can capitalize on the increasing co-location of high-tech companies around distinct regional assets such as MSU’s new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and IBM’s Global Delivery Center.
Community Strengths East Lansing and Meridian Township are ideal locations for rapid fiber deployment: Projects would have support from local governments. There is widespread support from local utilities. The communities have some existing fiber networks. Communities offer easy access and standardized permitting. East Lansing and Meridian Township are home to a talented, innovative and highly skilled workforce. Communities have a willing partner in Michigan State University. In 2009, Entrepreneur Magazine Today featured East Lansing as one of the Top 10 “ Best College Towns to Start a Business”. In 2010, Kiplinger cited the city of Lansing as one of the “10 Great Cities for Young Adults”. Recent local events such as TEDx Lansing and Ignite Lansing have been nationally recognized for their innovative approaches to community engagement and emphasis on entrepreneurship. The community boasts several entrepreneurial and high-tech incubators, including the Hatch, Technology Innovation Center, Art Alley and the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO Center). Michigan State University Strengths Ranks 34th among the nation’s public universities, 1st in the nation for 17 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education and 1st in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology. The U.S. Department of Energy has selected MSU to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a $600 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and provide research opportunities for scientists from around the globe. MSU ranks 39th among public universities in best value for in-state students (Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges, 2011). National leader in study abroad participation among U.S. public universities for six consecutive years and eighth in the nation for international student enrollment. One of the nation’s top five campuses for sustainability, according to the National Wildlife Federation and earned a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, a program that measures sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Only university in the country with three on-campus medical schools, graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians and veterinarians (DVMs). Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast 46.8°F 71°F 22°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T 48.8 31.5 1.5 88,267 .2% 44.59 240 29.9 $46,387 65% 99.49% >81% 34,356 9,970 7,407 The population in East Lansing centers on the MSU campus, and residents of Meridian Township are concentrated around Grand River Avenue, expanding outward with relative uniformity. The terrain is almost entirely flat at an elevation of about 860 feet, with the Red Cedar River winding through both communities. Meridian Township and the City of East Lansing are governed by councilmanager governments, with members elected for 4-year terms. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 62 84.5
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: ACD, Comcast, AT&T Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Consumers Energy, Lansing Board Consumers Energy 4,995 12,741 Water: Sewer: Lansing Board of Water and Light City of East Lansing 3,561 10,873
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Sparrow Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Baker College, Lansing Community College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
North Carolina State University and City of Raleigh
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University (NC State) is the largest four-year institution in North Carolina. With more than 34,000 students and about 8,000 faculty and staff, NC State is a comprehensive university, globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership. Throughout its 125-year history, NC State has been an engine for North Carolina’s economic development. Unique partnerships and collaborations across the state have helped to create more than 13,000 jobs. NC State’s Centennial Campus is a unique community of collaboration. Home to more than 130 corporate partners, as well as incubator companies, government research partners and University research units, it was recently named the world's premier university research campus.
City of Raleigh
In 1792, Raleigh was created to be North Carolina's seat of government. A state of yeoman farmers and among the South's first industrial areas, North Carolina was no home place to the gentry, but rather a state of working men and women who valued education and established the nation's first state university. North Carolina's appreciation of education also created a notable public school system and the nation's best community college system. A diverse composition of people, an appreciation for the environment and education, and a common-sense approach to economic development combine to create the robust environment in which North Carolina's capital city thrives and evolves.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities
The City of Raleigh program “Raleigh Connected” seeks to use technology as a catalyst for economic development, workforce development, youth development, and strategic partnerships between like-minded organizations in the community. The City has: Partnered with One Economy Corporation to bring a basic level of broadband to economically disadvantaged areas in Raleigh. The partnership also establish the Digital Connectors program, which trains 60 youth in a year-long leadership, community service and technology curriculum. Partnering with the Raleigh Business and Technology Center to increase business incubation and technology innovation among small businesses. The City of Raleigh is constructing a citywide fiber network for municipal use, connecting the over 100 buildings to provide 1 Gbps speeds over city-owned fiber. This will be used to connect partners for delivery of curriculum and workforce development programs from local higher educational institutions to the community. The Parks and Recreation department is also expanding public computer centers at parks and community centers for public use. Research Triangle Park is home to MCNC, which operates a leading statewide fiber-optic research and education network with co-location and other facilities in the Park and will partner on this activity. Our community has a history of using technology to enhance economic development, and the development of a high-speed fiber-to-the-home network would kick those activities into high gear by bringing in the research, healthcare, education and government communities together to explore even more innovative partnerships, technologies, and services.
City of Raleigh
Raleigh is the state capitol, has strong college and university presences and welleducated workforce. Home to corporate and R&D offices for many high-profile tech companies either in the City of Raleigh or the Research Triangle area. Home to strategic partners who could bring resources to the pilot to further the experiment including the State ITS and Raleigh City IT, Meredith College and others. In the early stages of a plan to establish a metro/lightrail transportation system. City has strategic goal to capitalize on investments in wireless technologies to enhance their network capabilities, providing greater value to residents and municipal agencies. Raleigh is consistently highly ranked nationally in surveys and assessments relating to technology adoption, quality of life, business environment, and economic viability. University Strengths Located in the capital of North Carolina and in the heart of the state’s Research Triangle where many of the country’s leading, Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies are located NC State University has developed into a vital educational and economic resource. NC State produces more graduates and has more students, faculty and staff than any university in the state. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 40 public universities. NC State ranked 6th in Best Overall Public University Value and 3rd among colleges of veterinary medicine (U.S. News & World Report, 2011); and 9th in Best Overall Public University Value (Princeton Review/USA Today, 2011). It also ranked 7th among U.S. engineering colleges in bachelor of science degrees awarded (The American Association of Engineering Profiles, 2008). Housed on NC State’s 1,120-acre research park, Centennial Campus is a unique community of collaboration. It is home to more than 130 corporate and government research partners, incubator companies and NC State University research units, Centennial Campus was recently named the world's premier university research campus. The 214-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus, anchored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, focuses on biomedical applications. The 100,000-square-foot College Research Building is the first new structure. The four-story facility includes 33 state-of-the-art laboratories plus two BioSafety Level 3 labs for infectious disease research. A 20-year master plan projects another 24 buildings will be developed. NC State’s research expenditures approach more than $325 million annually, and is ranked 3rd among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research. A technology-rich campus, NC State has a 4 Gbps network backbone with 10 Gbps links to Internet and research networks; wireless network access in 98% of classrooms, able to accommodate 28,000 people simultaneously; and remote access to more than 900 computers and high-end apps via the Virtual Computing Lab.
City of Raleigh
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 59.6°F 90.1°F 28.5°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T 6.8 43 19 30.9 $52,969 25.8% 90.6% (Wake) Unknown 4,258,573 88,685 81,863 403,892 1.8% 143 Comprised of 15 zip codes, with southwest, southeast, and north central having the highest percentage of the population, central zip codes having the least. Primarily in the Coastal Plain, which is relatively flat with some low hills. A Council-Manager government rule with government decision-making by a City Council. Apartment Average # units / 343 Unknown
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Time Warner Cable (25.6%) Broadband: Time Warner Cable, AT&T Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: 167,445 (41.5%) 121,778 (30.1%) 6,710 13,841 Water: Sewer: 138,754 (34.4%) 138,754 (34.4%) 39,350 111,791
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Rex Healthcare (10 locations in Wake Co.), Wake Med (11 locations in Wake Co.) & Duke Health (34 locations in Wake Co.) Other Major Colleges and Universities In Raleigh: Meredith College, Peace College, St. Augustine’s College, Shaw University, Wake Tech Education jobs Other service sector jobs
City of Raleigh
The Pennsylvania State University and State College Region
The State College region and Pennsylvania State University are inextricably linked. With University faculty and staff serving in local government and on volunteer committees, and members of the community working as adjunct faculty, volunteering at University events and serving on University boards. The creation of an affordable, ultra high-speed local network is something all will support. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) a land grant institution and Pennsylvania’s largest public university. Students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries and attend classes at one of 24 campuses plus an online program. In the Fall of 2010 there were 95,833 students (44,817 at the University Park Campus), 6,013 faculty and an annual budget of $4.01 billion. Over the past 10 years, Penn State has conferred nearly 28,000 graduate degrees including 6,200 doctoral degrees. State College & Centre Region State College is home to the largest of Penn State’s campuses and its main administrative headquarters. State College is located in Centre County, which is also the standard metropolitan statistical area. The Centre Region is comprised of the Borough of State College and the townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris and Patton. In 2010, State College was ranked as the thirdsafest metropolitan area in the country.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The area is a young, vibrant, talented and innovative community and a place where advanced networking infrastructure can be deployed quickly and quickly adopted. State College is an attractive location for intellectual and entrepreneurial talent. With affordable, advanced networking infrastructure it will become more attractive for start-up companies and individuals who can telecommute nationally or even internationally.
Community Strengths The world’s largest private weather forecasting service, AccuWeather, is based in State College. The area is served by Interstate 80 and Interstate 99, and a growing regional airport. This area is home to many high technology companies such as C-Cor Corp, EC Power, General Opto Solutions, Locus Microwave, Inc., Minitab, Raytheon, Restek Chromatography Products, and Strategic Polymer Sciences. University Strengths The University has a robust network connecting its 24 campuses with speeds up to 10 Gbps. Penn State was recently ranked 47th nationally among all universities and 15th among public universities. No single entity in Pennsylvania does more to drive the state’s economy than Penn State. Its campuses generate some $8.5 billion in direct and indirect annual economic impact. Penn State was a charter member of Internet 2 and President Graham Spanier was the initial Chairman of UCAID, the governing structure over Internet 2. The University was a leader in developing a successful proposal for Recovery Act funding for the construction of a regional optical network. PennREN will provide statewide network services with its mid-point in the State College area. Penn State has long ranked among the nation’s top universities in industry-sponsored research, and typically partners with more than 400 companies annually. The University provides several services often run by local or state government agencies including serving as the Commonwealth’s official liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, operating radio and television public broadcasting services for more than 500,000 households in 29 counties, and operating the University Park Airport serving central PA. Penn State Impact: for more stories of critical involvement, please visit Impact.psu.edu. For more information on Penn State’s enduring partnership with the Commonwealth, please visit Thepartnership.psu.edu (video).
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast; D&E 49 °F 81 °F 19 °F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Verizon 29 39 0 32,015 15,047 16,968 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 28.7 $68,500 126 mi 83,048 The population of this area lives relatively close to one another and is relatively young. Forty percent of the population lives within 3.95 sq. miles, and 46 percent of the population lives in College, Ferguson and Patton townships. The State College region is in a ridge and valley area made up of forested sandstone ridges and gently rolling limestone valleys.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Verizon; Comcast; D&E; Getwireless; AT&T Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Allegheny Power Columbia Gas 11,280 8,640 Water: Sewer: Municipal Water Authority Municipal Sewer Authority 24,890 27,410
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Mt. Nittany Medical Center; University Health Services, Geisinger Grays Woods Clinical Center, VanZandt Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic Other Major Colleges and Universities South Hills School of Business and Technology (660 undergraduates) Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Alaska Fairbanks and Fairbanks North Star Borough
The University of Alaska and the Fairbanks North Star Borough are long-standing partners in regional economic development for Alaska’s interior. Gig-U provides an opportunity for us to accelerate the educational and economic goals through deployment of next generation fiber networks throughout the interior. University of Alaska Fairbanks The Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines opened its doors in 1922. The school grew quickly, and in 1935 became the University of Alaska. By the time Alaska became a state in 1959, students could earn Ph.Ds at the university. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) remains the only campus in the state that awards doctoral degrees and it holds the distinction of being one of the few land, sea and space grant universities in the country. UAF’s 11,034 students come from all 50 states and 47 foreign countries. The 1,049 faculty teach classes at every level, which allow students to start building relationships with professors from the beginning. Fairbanks North Star Borough Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest community and residents commonly refer to it as the "Golden Heart of Alaska." Due to its central location, Fairbanks has become the transportation, trade and service hub for the vast Interior region encompassing some 200,000 square miles. The community was founded almost a century ago on the banks of the winding Chena River, which drains into the Tanana River immediately south of town.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Establishing gigabit fiber to every home, business and school in the community will enable greater partnerships between university researchers and educators and community healthcare providers and business entrepreneurs. Energy costs in Alaska are high, equipping homes with gigabit fiber and smart appliances will enable communities to monitor and receive feedback on energy consumption creating more sustainable communities. While Fairbanks is currently the transportation hub for interior Alaska, a high speed Internet infrastructure will make it a civilian telecommunications hub as well. Lowering the cost and improving the speed of Internet access is invaluable to remote, roadless communities that rely on satellite now, improving access to services in these communities makes this project invaluable. Medical care in rural Alaska is very limited. The vast majority of communities in Bush Alaska do not have a doctor, a dentist or a veterinarian. Medical aides in those communities already practice “telemedicine” by phone. A high-speed fiber infrastructure in Fairbanks and rural Alaska would make this imperfect system much more viable and effective in the long term providing two-way tele-healthcare to homes, clinics and community centers. The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) has a number of transportation related difficulties; from limited public transit alternatives, to gas prices currently 20% higher than the national average, to difficulties resulting from the extreme climate. Bringing services to people can assist with minimizing the effects of these problems.
Community Strengths The FNSB hosts the frontline of our national defense network. The Greater Fairbanks Military Complex includes remote powerful radar systems, satellite upload and download systems, Homeland Security monitoring equipment, Fort Wainwright Army Post, Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely Missile Defense system and the largest aviation and surface training ranges in the U.S. We have a large home-school population that could benefit greatly from affordable, highspeed broadband to the home and the wealth of educational, research and outreach resources the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the University of Alaska could provide. We are a small city on the edge of the vast Alaskan wilderness. Our businesses struggle with high transportation and utilities cost located in such a remote location. Yet our diverse population thrives in such an environment with true pioneer spirit. The frontier community boasts a thriving visual and performing arts community, nationally ranked sports teams and a renowned research university. For more information, please visit www.co.fairbanks.ak.us University Strengths UAF is home to a number of world-class research institutions such as the Geophysical Institute and Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. The University is a pioneer in distance education. Its Center for Distance Education offers more than 100 courses through a variety of high and low tech mediums. The UAF College of Rural and Community Development also has community campuses and centers, providing career training in "high demand" job fields at the associate's and bachelor's levels, in Bethel, Dillingham, Kotzebue, Unalaska, McGrath, Nenana, Tok, Fort Yukon and Galena. UAF runs the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, monitoring seismic activity across the state; the Alaska Volcano Observatory, monitoring volcano activity across the "ring of fire" that curls around the southern boundary of the state; and the Alaska Satellite Facility, down linking data from polar orbiting satellites and providing near-real-time images of sea ice movement in Arctic areas. Opportunities abound in these and numerous other research applications. As a land grant institution, UAF has the obligation to reach out and make the results of its teaching and research available to the public. Whether that be agricultural products generated at the School of Natural Resources and Agriculture; sensors at UAF's Office of Electronic Miniaturization; remote imagery developed at the Geographic Information Network of Alaska; or health findings from research into characteristics of rural diet and disease conducted by Center for Alaska Native Health: high-speed bandwidth available to the public allows tremendous opportunities for UAF to fulfill this portion of our mission.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes (2-4) Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: GCI 27°F 37°F 17°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 70.1 inches 10.7 inches none 37,998 25,267 4,718 units Apartment complexes (5+) Average # units / complex 6,146 units n/a 29.1 $64,691 26.3% 13.2 97,581 The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) is a local government unit similar to a county, and covers 7,361 square miles and has 82,840 residents. Within the Borough are two cities, Fairbanks and North Pole and several unincorporated communities. The Tanana Valley surrounds Fairbanks at an elevation of 436 feet above sea level and rises east to about 2,000 feet at the Canadian border.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) ACS/AT&T/GCI/Summit Telephone Broadband: 86.36% of Alaska households have access to terrestrial fixed broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Golden Valley Electrical Association Fairbanks Natural Gas 906 1,299 College Utilities Utilities Services of Alaska, Inc Sewer: Utilities Services of Alaska, Inc Water: Education, health and social service jobs Other service sector jobs 11,162 5,394
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities n/a
University of Arizona and Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area
The University of Arizona (UA) is a strategic partner to the greater Tucson metropolitan area in promoting the prosperity of Tucson, Southern Arizona, the U.S.-Mexico border region and Arizona. The UA continually develops its network capacity to serve national and international research projects, and is a research partner to local businesses of all types and sizes, from technology startups to the most demanding global industry partners. University of Arizona Founded in 1885 (twenty-seven years before the Arizona Territory achieved statehood), the University of Arizona is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson. The university generates more than $600m in annual R&D activity, is ranked as one of the top 20 public research universities in the nation, and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of 62 leading US universities distinguished by the breadth and quality of their programs in research and graduate education. The university enrolls more than 38,767 students and employs 2,756 faculty members. Its total annual budget is approximately $1.6bn, and its estimated annual impact on the Arizona economy is $2.3bn. Greater Tucson Metro Area Tucson has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years. Its rich and diverse cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Mexican and AngloAmerican influences. Tucson boasts the best of both worlds: the progress and innovation of a metropolitan center and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. It is one of the "Mega-Trend" cities of the 21st Century: the Optics Valley, premier health services center for the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home of a premier research institution—University of Arizona, and a tourism destination. Almost one quarter of the working age population speaks Spanish, making Tucson a center for bilingual opportunities.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The University of Arizona and the Greater Tucson Region are interested in exploring highspeed, advanced networking opportunities as a critical foundation to enabling education and research, expanding access to premier healthcare services, and ensuring widespread access to information by the members of the community. Some specific examples are: o Six high-tech clusters are targeted for development that includes: Aerospace, Manufacturing & Information Technology, Bio Industry, E-learning, Environmental Technology, Nanotechnology and Optics. High-speed connectivity is crucial to the success of these programs. o As the world of healthcare becomes more integrated and moves beyond the walls of physical structures, connectivity will be a defining factor. We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art program of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities and leading-edge patient care for families throughout Arizona and well beyond our state’s borders. o Our community leadership strives to create a vibrant, attractive and sustainable economic environment in which businesses can mature and provide wealth-building opportunities for its residents.
Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area
Community Strengths Tucson has been a Digital Cities Survey Top Ten winner every year from 2001 through 2010 for cities of 250,000 or more in population. Forbes ranks Tucson 19th on its list of America’s Most Innovative Cities, combining number of patents per capita with venture capital investment per capita. Tucson technology firms AGM Container Controls, CyraCom International, Paragon Space Development Corp., SimpleView and Tucson Embedded Systems were listed as Inc. Magazine's 2010 list of 5,000 fastest growing companies. The aerospace industry is one of the Tucson region’s strongest private sector economic industries, with a concentration over eight times greater in the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry than in the US average metropolitan area. Over 100 bioscience companies generate over $6 billion in revenues annually in the region. The more than 20 academic and technical life sciences programs at UA and Pima Community College provide a young, educated workforce. Strong funding support is conducive to numerous research collaboration opportunities and the region offers cuttingedge facilities known worldwide for research productivity and clinical trials management. Roughly 150 Tucson companies are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronics systems, earning Tucson the nickname Optics Valley Tucson was cited by the ClearanceJobs.com security clearance employment website as one of the best cities in the Southwest for defense & aerospace industry job opportunities. University Strengths UA consistently ranks 1st or 2nd in the physical sciences in the National Science Foundation’s research rankings, wins more NASA funding than any other university, and the UA’s Lunar Planetary Lab, mission lead for the Phoenix Mars Lander, has been selected by NASA to lead the $800 million OSIRIS-Rex mission to collect asteroid samples. The UA's Science and Technology Park is home to 40 high-tech companies and organizations with over 7,000 employees. The 6th largest in the U.S., the park is dedicated to innovation and transferring technology from the lab to market and contributes $3 billion annually to Pima County’s economy. Tenants include IBM, Raytheon and NP Photonics. The Critical Path Institute, a partnership between UA, the Food and Drug Administration and SRI International to foster and conduct research programs enables the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry to accelerate the development of safe, innovative new drugs. University Medical Center has been ranked 1st in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings. The UA’s Arizona Telemedicine Program provides training and specialist consults to areas lacking specialized service. The UA’s Eller College of Management regularly ranks high in US News and World Report rankings, with the MIS and Entrepreneurship programs consistently landing in the top ten. UA is ensuring high-speed research network access for researchers on campus through participation in CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiative in California) and the recent upgrade of network capacity between Tucson and Phoenix from 1 to 10 Gbps.
Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast, Cox 70°F 83.5°F 56.6°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Qwest 1.2 11.3 N/A 438,871 252,081 101,022 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 36,000 1M 2.3% 600 1,480 36.7 $47,147 21% 100% The University area is approximately 1 mi NW of downtown Tucson.Avg population density is 2,667/sq mi. Tucson/eastern Pima County lies in a basin surrounded by 5 mountain ranges. Tucson has an elected Mayor and council members. The City also has an appointed City Manager. Pima County has supervisors elected from 5 districts who serve 4-year terms and an appointed County Administrator.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, Cox, Qwest Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Tucson Electric Power (100%) Southwest Gas (100%) 50,000 27,800 Water: Tucson Water (77%) Sewer: Tucson Water (77%) Education jobs Other service sector jobs 59,000 350,000
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University Medical Center; University Physicians Hospital; Tucson Medical Center; Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Tucson Heart Hospital; Northwest Medical Center; Southern Arizona VA Health Care System; and Northwest Health Care Oro Valley Other Major Colleges and Universities Pima Community College and University of Phoenix
Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area
University of Chicago and Southeast Chicago
University of Chicago The University of Chicago is a private, nondenominational, culturally rich and ethnically diverse coeducational institution of higher learning and research reaching 15,000 students. The University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Medical Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are anchors in the regional economy and enhance the quality of life locally and beyond. Through creating stable employment and providing income for thousands of local and regional residents, the University of Chicago employs 14,000 University and Medical Center employees, 5,000 Argonne and Fermilab employees and 7,200 Argonne and Fermilab visiting scientists. The operating budget for the University of Chicago and Medical Center is $2.8bn and $1.5bn for Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. Southeast Chicago The Southeast Chicago community includes the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Kenwood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Oakland. This is vibrant and diverse urban community has a long history of intellectual inquiry, social progressivism, and world-renowned leadership. As the second-largest private employer in the city of Chicago, the University of Chicago is committed to promoting the common good through research, business endeavors and many community engagements throughout the city’s South Side and the global reach of Chicago. Located on Chicago’s Southeast side, just 15 minutes from the city center, the University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, the strength and diversity of this world-class metropolis.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The University of Chicago and the Southeast Chicago community are interested in pursuing advanced networking opportunities in order to further enable the University’s tradition of higher learning and intellectual discovery, and to foster the creativity, inventiveness, and connectivity of the citizens living in the Mid South Side neighborhoods. Some specific examples of types of connectivity we are interested include: Enabling increased reach for the University’s Urban Health Initiative by providing gigabit fiber connectivity between the University of Chicago Medical Centers and neighborhood health service providers. Increasing the effectiveness and reach of the University’s Urban Education Institute to work with the University community by providing fiber connections to all schools in the neighborhood. Powering the work of the University’s faculty and students, who predominantly live off campus in the Southeast Chicago community, by providing fiber to the home. Supporting opportunities for increased network-based entrepreneurship and business development in the community by providing symmetrical (or near-symmetrical) bandwidth. Increasing educational and civic engagement opportunities by providing fiber to community anchor institutions including schools and neighborhood non-profits.
Community Strengths Founded in the 1850’s, Hyde Park is uniquely diverse in its residents, architecture, restaurants and cultural amenities such as world-class museums, music and art. Southeast Chicago offers opportunities to participate in the vast array of cultural events held at notable institutions including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, the Oriental Institute Museum and the Hyde Park Art Center. The Woodlawn community has seen a resurgence of community leadership and development, led in part by a host of nonprofit organizations committed to redevelopment efforts. Through a coalition of neighborhood groups, leaders, teachers, parents and students, the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community is a neighborhood-wide effort to radically improve the trajectory of children’s lives from birth through college and career. Working in concert with various community organizations in the Southeast Chicago and beyond, the University Community Service Center connects more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and local residents with opportunities to community organizations serving more than 7,000 residents. For more information, please visit Uchicago.edu/community. Education plays a vital role in Southeast Chicago, and the University of Chicago’s four charter school campuses, located in the heart of the area, serve 1,600 Chicago Public Schools. These schools have become a model for academic and organizational practice. University Strengths There are more than 2,211 faculty and other academic personnel at the University of Chicago and 85 have been Nobel Prize winners, including eight current faculty. The University of Chicago has filed more than 3,300 patents since 1987. The University of Chicago has nine recipients (current faculty) of the MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” and has had 15 Rhodes Scholarships recipients since 2000. The University’s Urban Education Institute (UEI) Urban School Improvement Network extends vital training and support to 10,000 students and their teachers in 19 Chicagoarea schools. For more information, please visit Uei.uchicago.edu The University of Chicago is a powerful economic driver, generating jobs and providing key services for Chicago residents. Each on-campus job generates enough spending to create 1.6 more off-campus jobs. The Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is the University of Chicago’s long-term commitment to improving health and access to quality care for the South Side of Chicago through patient care, community-based research and medical education. For more information, please visit Uhi.uchospitals.edu. The University of Chicago Medical Center is the largest provider of Medicaid services on Chicago’s South Side and one of the largest in the state of Illinois. The provision of medical services to the poor reached $190 million in 2010.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast, DirecTV 49°F 56°F 42°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T 38 36 6,144 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 26.17 $2,269 22% > 65% 6.9 89,515 Chicago’s Mid South Side is, like the rest of Chicago, extremely flat. The population is distributed fairly evenly throughout the community, with a higher percentage of single-family dwellings in the Kenwood neighborhood and more multi-family dwellings (largely threestory six-flats) in the rest of the community. There are some mid and high-rise apartment complexes clustered along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, AT&T, Clear Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: ComEd People’s Gas Water: City of Chicago Sewer: City of Chicago Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University of Chicago Medical Center Other Major Colleges and Universities
University of Colorado Boulder and City of Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with four Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies. The University of Colorado Boulder has 3,400 faculty and approximately 30,000 students. For fiscal year 2011-12, the annual operating budget of the university is $1.22 bn. City of Boulder Founded in 1859 Boulder, CO is the county seat and most populous city of Boulder County. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet. The city is 25 miles northwest of Denver. Residents embrace a healthy, culturally-enriched lifestyle. Boulder has over 150 miles of hiking and biking trails and 45,000 acres of open space and is ranked the #1 Sports Town in America. There are more than 30 art galleries, 4 museums, and a notable number and variety of theaters and festivals.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Specific goals include providing high-speed networking to faculty, students, and staff who live in Boulder to enhance their ability work from home a/o from non-university work locations they may use: Many faculty, students and staff are engaged in Boulder-located ventures, start-ups, and businesses, some of which also engage in joint-work with the University. The University and the local venture-capital/angel-investor community maintain active relationships, so high-speed networking would well serve these activities. High-speed networking in Boulder would also enhance the scope of the University’s educational outreach programs within Boulder, in particular those of the School of Continuing Education. High-speed networking within Boulder would improve “the workplace” for those businesses and corporations that are located within Boulder County but not necessarily within the Boulder municipality. A few examples are IBM, Oracle (Sun), Lockheed-Martin, Ball Aerospace, Microsoft, and Google. Finally, Boulder has a rather extreme and proven “build it and they will come” trackrecord – amplifying available high-speed networking throughout the city will engender projects these writers cannot envision. The City is a leader in promoting next generation networks and such efforts enjoy broad community support. For example, a bond issue passed in 2006 to build fiber to schools throughout the Boulder Valley School District. The City also catalyzed the Colorado Broadband Communities consortium (Coloradowirelesscommunities.com) – a regional initiative involving 10 cities wishing to deploy an affordable community wireless network.
Community Strengths One of the nation’s highest concentrations of advanced technology employment (7.8x the national average). Key industries: aerospace, biosciences, IT and renewable energy. A critical mass of innovators. Boulder ranks 3rd nationally in the number of inventors and 5th in the number of patents issued per 1,000 residents according to the National Science Foundation. Computer hardware is the leading category of patents from Boulder. Nine federally funded research labs, with over 3,500 workers, including global leaders in climate, weather, geophysical, measurement, telecommunication and renewable energy research. These labs contributed over $450 million to the economy in 2010. Home to the $100 million SmartGridCity™, the nation’s first fully integrated electricity system. Boulder provides exposure beyond our geographic limits. Major international companies have offices here (e.g. Google, Microsoft, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace) and we regularly host business visitors. And Boulder is recognized for its leadership on the leading edge of many areas: Climate Action Plan, LOHAS, SmartGridCity™, photonics and nanotechnology. University Strengths Colorado’s flagship university makes Boulder an ideal policy and research laboratory for a next generation network. CU is the City’s largest employer and CU students make up nearly one-fifth of its residents. CU is a world-class research institution – with expertise in computer science, aerospace, and telecommunications – and home to four Nobel Laureates. In the past five years, 833 patents have been filed and 51 start-up companies have been formed through CU’s Technology Transfer Office. CU’s Silicon Flatirons Center (SFC) is recognized as a national leader influencing technology policy at the Federal Communications Commission and beyond. SFC’s reputation for thoughtful debate makes it a natural place to examine the implications of a next generation network.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (100%) 51 °F 64 °F 38 °F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Qwest/CenturyLink (100%) 79 19 0 29 $57,231 69 % 99 % 80 % 43,490 28, 563 14,927 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 374 9 97,385 0.5 % 25 This population figure includes permanent residents only, and excludes the college student population. The terrain of Boulder is mainly flat or gentle sloping lands. The center of the community is bisected by Boulder Creek. The City of Boulder has a CouncilManager form of government.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, Qwest/CenturyLink Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Xcel Energy (100%) Xcel Energy (100 %) 34,958 8,968 Water: Sewer: City of Boulder (100%) City of Boulder (100%) 11,194 19,568
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, Frasier Meadows Health Care Center and Kaiser Permanente Baseline Medical Offices. Other Major Colleges and Universities Naropa University. Nearby: Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines. Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Florida and City of Gainesville
As partners for more than 100 years, the University of Florida (UF) and the Gainesville community have experienced remarkable growth and development. That partnership continues as the city and the university team up to pursue ultra high-speed broadband though Gig.U. University of Florida Florida's flagship university traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and opened its doors in Gainesville in 1906. With an enrollment of more than 50,000 students, a faculty of more than 5,400 and an annual budget of nearly $4 billion, UF has more programs of study than nearly any other university in the country. City of Gainesville The population of Gainesville is densely distributed, particularly surrounding the University of Florida. A large percentage of the Gainesville residents live in apartments complexes. The remaining population is in typical single family housing is small subdivisions. There are several suburban subdivisions just outside the city limits.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Gainesville is a high tech community and it will use those skills to create software, applications, hardware and futuristic uses of a network with ultra high bandwidth capabilities. To capture the collective brainpower of 70,000 university students and another 25,000 educators, scientists, engineers and medical professionals in a single location would mean constructing a network with at least twice the connections. Please visit Digitalworlds.ufl.edu and read “MIT, Caltech—And The Gators?” (BusinessWeek, May 2007) to see just two examples of what will be possible through the implementation of an ultra high-speed network. A joint University/City development called Innovation Square is well under way just two blocks from the main campus. The first part of the project—a 45,000-square-foot first phase of the business incubator called the Florida Innovation Hub—is scheduled to open in August. When complete, this incubator will drive many new businesses, many of which will be very large bandwidth users. For more information, please visit Innovationsquare.ufl.edu. Gigabit connectivity to the home will help in the development of and extend delivery of care to homes and community-based primary care centers. It also will speed the transmission of electronic medical records and extend telemedicine to the home—building on the $95 million electronic medical record system at Shands at the University of Florida, Shands Rehab and Shands Vista behavioral health centers.
Community Strengths Gainesville has a long history of innovation: from the early 90’s in bringing the Internet to the community, to today in developing green technology and implementing a first-in-thenation solar feed in Tariff to spur the development of solar generation. Has the best mix of residents, compared with similarly sized communities, to showcase what this type of speed can mean for innovation and further investment. From the medical and high tech startup companies coming out of the University of Florida (like Grooveshark) who will design applications and services that can make use of this type of speed yet unimaginable, to the students (over 70,000) themselves who live in a high tech world and will find creative ways to use these speeds. Home to Florida’s largest and oldest university and is one of the state’s centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. UF and Shands HealthCare are the leading employers in Gainesville, providing jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. University Strengths Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, the prestigious higher-education organization comprising the top 63 public and private institutions in North America. For more information, please visit Ufl.edu. UF received more than $678 million in research awards in 2009-10. UF is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities: Ranked 17th Top Public University (U.S. News & World Report, 2010); ranked 2nd Overall Best Value (Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges, 2010) and 3rd Best Value in the Public Colleges category (Princeton Review Best Value Public Colleges, 2011). UF’s annual economic impact exceeds $8.76 billion and its activities generate 100,000 jobs statewide, including more than 34,000 university employees and those employed by supporting businesses. UF has strong research collaborations with Scripps Florida, the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research and the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Cox (100%) 69°F 81°F 55°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T (100%) 0 49 0 95% 70% 57,576 25,833 26,293 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 200 130 124,354 3% 60 673 26 $31,426 The population inside the city is densely distributed. Particularly surrounding the University of Florida. A large percentage lives in apartments complexes. The remaining population lives in single family housing. The typical terrain is urban, relatively flat with heavy tree coverage. The form of government in the City of Gainesville is home rule.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Gainesville Regional, AT&T, Cox Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Gainesville Regional (100%) Gainesville Regional (100%) 13,000 45,00 Water: Sewer: Gainesville Regional (100%) Gainesville Regional (100%) 22,800 91,900
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Shands (UF) / Shands Cancer / Northeast Regional / Malcolm Randall VA Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities University of Florida / Santa Fe College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Hawai’i at M noa and City of Honolulu
The University of Hawai’i (UH) at M noa and Honolulu have long been engaged in working to bring advanced services to all through activities such as the Hawai’i Broadband Task Force, participation on a Google Fiber for Communities Proposal, and support for the new Hawai’i Broadband Initiative. UH is also leading an ARRA project to deploy fiber at gigabit speeds to every public school, public library and public college and university in the State. University of Hawai’i at M noa The University of Hawai’i at M noa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai’i System. The current enrollment is 20,300 students taught by 1,200 plus faculty with an annual budget of more than of $750 million. One of only 32 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea- and space-grant research institution, UH M noa is ranked in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science and 49th overall by the National Science Foundation. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” UH M noa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics. City of Honolulu Honolulu, the southernmost major U.S. city, is the capital and the most populous city of Hawai’i. It is a major financial center of the islands of the Pacific Ocean and a large business and trading hub between the East and the West. Other important aspects of the city's economy include military defense, research and development, and manufacturing. The City and County of Honolulu has a multiethnic population just under 1,000,000. The City and County of Honolulu have been cited by the United States Conference of Mayors as a model for modern American metropolitan area government. It does not have to adjust its programs to the complications of independent suburban municipalities, autonomous districts, commissions, school districts or inconveniently located boundaries of other, smaller governmental jurisdictions.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Hawai'i Broadband Initiative: Affordable 1 Gbps to every business and household by 2018. NTIA funded Broadband Technology Opportunities Project underway to connect every public school, library and university campus with fiber at 1Gbps or higher. Government and University leaders are working with the legislature to identify and address statutory barriers to broadband deployment. University operates Hawai'i Internet Exchange as an interconnection service for IP networks located in the state. Strong public-private partnerships between carriers, government and the University for connectivity opportunities.
Community Strengths Honolulu has a high population density and historically high penetration of cable due to the mountainous terrain. Long history of collaboration among the university, government and the private sector on projects for the public good. Has been used as a test market for new technologies, products and services for both cable and wireless services with a new IPTV offering now being deployed. Honolulu is the business, government, cultural and education center for the state and the Pacific. Hawaii has a long history of involvement in the development of Internet applications dating from the invention of ALOHAnet at the University of Hawaii in the 1970s and the original deployment of IP links to the Asia-Pacific in the 80s and 90s to the success of Digital Island, a web hosting and content management pioneer in the 1990s, through application pioneers like Verifone and Cheap Tickets. For more information on the Hawai’i Broadband Initiative, please visit hawaii.gov/gov/broadband-policy-outline For more information on the Hawai’i Google Fiber for the Communities Proposal, please visit sites.google.com/site/gigabithawaii/home For more information on the Hawai’i Broadband Task Force, please visit Hbtf.org For more information on the Hawai’i Broadband Map, please visit Hibroadbandmap.org University Strengths University is a leader in high speed network connectivity in Hawai'i locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally UH is a partner in the Hawai'i Institutional Network (INET) providing high speed connections for public institutions in the state University is the recipient of numerous competitive grants from the NTIA and NSF for advanced next generation networks. Hawai'i Broadband Task Force formerly chaired by the university CIO University operates the Hawai'i Internet Exchange (HIX), a free neutral peering exchanged History of involvement in Internet and telecommunications applications University is the leading research center in Honolulu and the Pacific with a strong service mission to the community, state and region For more information on UH, please visit Manoa.hawaii.edu For more information on the University’s $36 million ARRA broadband grant, please visit http://www.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=3851
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 77°F 84°F 69°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 0 18.3 3/year 165,439 39.7 $ 57,601 35.3% 377,751 1.5% 86 The geographic distribution of Oahu is variable. The island is home to about 953,207 people with approximately 75% of the Oahu population living in Honolulu. Honolulu is located along the southeast coast of Oahu. Honolulu's weather exhibits the least seasonal change of any city in the U.S., with a few degrees difference between winter and summer. The only incorporated area in the state is a consolidated city–county, Honolulu County, which governs the entire island of Oahu. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Oceanic Time Warner (>90%) Hawaiian Telcom (>90%), Wavecom Solutions, tw telecom
Broadband: Oceanic Time Warner, Hawaiian Telcom, Wavecom Solutions, tw telecom Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Kapiolani Medical Center, Queen’s Medical Center, Kaiser Hospital, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Tripler Army Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, Kuakini Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, Brigham Young University - Hawaii 12,700 18,655 Education jobs Other service sector jobs 17,700 50,700 Water: Sewer:
University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B)
The University of Illinois and the cities of Urbana and Champaign have formed the UC2B Intergovernmental Consortium, which was awarded Federal and State funding to build a $29.4 million community fiber network. The UC2B project will build 7 bi-tangent fiber rings throughout the community serving more than 200 Community Anchor Institutions and a pilot Gigabit Fiberto-the-Premise network serving some 4,650 underserved households and 200 businesses. University of Illinois Founded in 1867 as one of the original landgrant schools, the University of Illinois enrolls nearly 77,000 students across three campuses with an annual operating budget of $4.76 billion. The teaching, research and engagement activities of the school create massive economic, social and educational impact around the world. The Urbana-Champaign flagship campus brings together 42,000 graduate and undergraduate students with 2,200 faculty members recognized by the most prestigious awards in their fields including Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Tony and Grammy Awards and National Medals of Science and Technology. Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign is a micro-urban community of 122,000 people covering some 50 square miles and located 140 miles south of Chicago, Illinois. The community is served by three interstates, making it a hub for employment, retail trade and entertainment. Surrounded by the most productive agricultural lands in the nation, it strikes a balance between urban and rural. The local economy is a mix of education, healthcare, research and technology, manufacturing and services. The area is known for its high quality of life with high-quality parks and recreation, well-maintained neighborhoods and reasonable cost of living.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities
Ring # 1 Far North Champaign
Ring # 7 North Urbana
Ring # 2 Near North Champaign
UIUC Node 9
Ring # 6 Middle Urbana
Ring # 3 Middle Champaign
UIUC Node 8
Ring # 4 South Champaign and Savoy
7 Rings UrbanaCham paign Big Broadband
Ring # 5 South Urbana and Savoy
Seven fiber backbone rings serving the entire community will be complete by 10/1/12. 10 percent of community will have BTOP grant-funded symmetric 1 Gbps FTTP; the remaining 90 percent of the community is seeking a similar 1 Gbps fiber solution. The UC2B Consortium is in place and focused on the community’s fiber infrastructure. There is a two-decade community history of working with private providers to locally deploy “next generation” broadband services – Time Warner Cable Modems, Ameritech ISDN and McLeodUSA Fiber-to-the-MDU and full-rate ADSL. For more information, please visit UC2B.net.
Community Strengths Urbana-Champaign is known as a micro-urban community, offering the vibrancy of an urban setting coupled with the high quality of life smaller towns are known for. To learn more, visit Faa.illinois.edu/node/356 Over the past decade the community has worked to revitalize the historic urban core, which is comprised of three distinct business districts, including downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana and Campus town. Each has had significant public investment in infrastructure and urban design, resulting in private investment and location of nationally known retailers. To learn more, please visit Champaigncenter.com and Urbanabusiness.com Urbana-Champaign is a highly educated community, with nearly 50 percent of the population over age 25 having four or more years of college education. Both Urbana and Champaign are Tree Cities with tree-lined streets and walkable neighborhoods. To learn more, visit Ci.champaign.il.us and Urbanaillinois.us. Residents have access to an award winning transit system and the community is working to become more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Urbana is a designated Bicycle Friendly Community. For more information, please visit Cumtd.com. University Strengths
Home of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Top 10 programs in Engineering, Computer Science, and more than 50 others. 100+ years of outreach and service that saw the birth of public broadcasting and Extension. Consistently among the top public universities in federal funding (NSF, DOE, USDA, etc...). Birthplace of the first graphical web browser (MOSAIC), the MRI, the LED and flexible electronics. Estimated annual economic impact in excess of $13 billion and the creation of some 150,000 jobs. The University ultimately hopes to involve all four of its other campuses (Chicago, Springfield, Rockford & Peoria) in the Gig.U initiative.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age (2010) Median household (HH) income (2009) Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units (2010) 122,305 1.6% 34.6 530 25.3 $37,286 48.9% 100% NA 53,524 The central part of the community is more densely populated, with major retail and industrial development on the north side of the community. A mix of residential densities and infill development is encouraged. Urbana-Champaign is known for its flat terrain and prairie landscape. Urbana and Champaign are distinct communities that have separate governments. Urbana has a strong mayor form, while Champaign has a City Manager form of government. Each community has their own mayor and City Council Apartment complexes Average # units / complex Hundreds Varies 26 40 0
Single-family homes (2009) Multi-family homes (2009) Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (100%) 51.5°F 61.1°F 41.9°F
Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T (100%), WindstreamPaetec/McLeodUSA (100%)
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage)
Broadband: Champaign Telephone (100%), Volo Broadband (80%), Pavlov Media (100%) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Ameren IP (100%) Ameren IP (100%) 5,784 3,019 Water: Sewer: Illinois American Water (100%) U-C Sanitary District (100%) 30,396 20,292
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Carle Hospital, Provena Covenant Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Parkland College Education & Health Care jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Kentucky and Lexington-Fayette County
The University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government are committed to efforts that strengthen the economic development, education and research requirements of the community. The Gig.U project creates a private-public partnership to develop a robust foundation for the next generation of information technologies. The University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public coeducational university and is one of the state's two land-grant universities, located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is the largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by enrollment, and is also the highest ranked research university in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report. Total enrollment is more than 28,000 students representing all Kentucky counties, every state in the nation and 117 countries. UK employs 2,615 faculty and operates with a budget of $2.5 billion annually. Lexington-Fayette County Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 63rd largest in the US. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World," it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. According to the 2010 Census, the Combined Statistical Area is 687,173 people. Lexington ranks tenth among US cities in college education rate, with 39.5 percent of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. It is home to the headquarters of Lexmark International, the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland race course, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities New forces coupled with economic changes are leading to an age where entrepreneurship, defined as the unconstrained pursuit of new ideas resulting in an innovative creation, is a key requirement for economic growth and development. Kentucky needs more firms—innovative, growth-oriented enterprises—founded on the ideas, creativity and know-how of Kentuckians. A strategy to encourage this entrepreneurship involves a broad range of factors including: Schools that infuse innovation throughout the learning enterprise, stress science and mathematics, help create an environment in which entrepreneurship is seen as a viable employment option and an alternative to simply “getting a job”; Universities that promote the development of new knowledge, ideas, products and firms; A range of capital resources required to support new ideas and start-up and growing enterprises; Public policies that encourage rather than discourage entrepreneurship, innovation, risktaking and business expansion; The scientific and technological capacity to support the start-up and growth of innovative companies; Communities with dynamic local and regional support systems; and A culture that supports and rewards high-speed innovation and entrepreneurship.
Community Strengths With its abundance of government and technology jobs, Lexington has one of the nation's most stable economies. Economists have referred to Lexington as having "a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base." There are three Fortune 500 companies located within the city, Affiliated Computer Services, Lexmark International and Hewlett Packard. United Parcel Service, Trane, Tempur-Pedic and Amazon.com, Inc. have a large presence in the city, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky is within the Lexington CSA. The city is also host to a Jif peanut butter plant and the Forcht Group of Kentucky. UK is the city’s largest employer and is the 9th largest economic company in the state of Kentucky. The College of Medicine within the University is the 21st-largest company in the state. Lexington was ranked 10th in a list of America's most educated cities with a population of more than 250,000, ranked by percentage of bachelor's degrees among residents 25 and older. Lexington ranks 13th in the United States in terms of literacy rate. University Strengths The University has long embraced its mission to provide excellent education to outstanding students, recognizing that a knowledgeable populace is the best foundation for a prosperous Commonwealth. As one of America’s premier public research institutions, UK conducts $300 million a year in every corner of the Commonwealth and beyond. UK consists of some 200 major and degree programs in 16 academic and professional colleges and boasts over 70 national rankings for academic excellence. The UK Medical Campus is considered one of the nation’s finest academic medical centers and is comprised of the academic, research and patient care entities of the University of Kentucky including the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, health sciences and nursing. In addition, the University's clinical enterprise, UK HealthCare, includes UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital where care is provided to the most critically injured and ill patients in the region. In May 2011, the first two patient floors of the new 1.2 million square feet patient care pavilion at UK Chandler Hospital opened. In addition, the UK Chandler Emergency Department, a state-of-the-art facility with a Level I trauma center opened in July 2010. UK has a winning track record of bringing innovations and technologies to the marketplace, successful collaborations with business and industry, creating startup companies based on UK research and assisting small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2002, the University has consistently exceeded $200 million in grant and contract awards. The National Science Foundation ranks UK 30th among public universities in research expenditures. UK consistently ranks 1st in creating startups among UK benchmark institutions, was recently ranked 4th in creating startups and 41st in licensing income among all public institutions.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 54°F 74°F 38°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Windstream 6 45.88 472,099 15% 285.5 3,000 33 $53,264 39.5% 95% 66% 11 108,288 1,604 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 48,399 Lexington is noted for its fertile soil, excellent pastureland, and horse and stock farms. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River. The Urban County Council is a 15member legislative group. Twelve of the members represent specific districts and serve two-year terms; three are elected city-wide as at-large council members and serve four-year terms. The mayor is the presiding officer of the Council.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Insight Communications Broadband: Insight, Windstream, QX.NET Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Kentucky Utilities Columbia Gas 6,227 30,161 Water: Kentucky American Water Sewer: Lexington-Fayette County Education jobs Other service sector jobs 29,589 95,434
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University of Kentucky, Central Baptist and St Joseph Other Major Colleges and Universities Transylvania University, KCTCCS, Georgetown, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University
University of Louisville and City of Louisville
The University of Louisville and Metro Louisville share a commitment to promote economic development and educational opportunities to our communities. As a research university, along with our partners in the community, we recognize that the deployment of local and regional ultra high-speed data networks are a key to continued growth and development. University of Louisville Originally founded as the Jefferson Seminary in 1798, the University of Louisville (UofL) has since developed into a premier metropolitan research institution with nationally acclaimed academic programs. Supported by a $1.1 billion budget, today it is known especially for teaching, research and service to its community and the advancement of educational opportunity for all citizens thereof. With a faculty base of more than 2,100 and an enrollment of 22,000, its academic programs attract students from all over the world. City of Louisville Louisville is located on the banks of the Ohio River in north-central Kentucky and is readily accessible by three Interstate highways, I-64, I-65 and I-71. Louisville International Airport also offers direct service to and from major destinations across the United States. For local transportation, The Transit Authority of River City operates an extensive network of bus routes across Louisville and surrounding counties, including locations in Southern Indiana.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Imagine Metropolitan Louisville students and residents while at school, work and at home, using technology to observe and interact with Louisville Zoo veterinarians as they operate, to Louisville Science Center educators exploring life sciences, to Kentucky Center for the Arts stage hands as they crank the pulleys that make Peter Pan fly, to University of Louisville Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium astronomers, to University professors as they assist small business owners, to Louisville Free Public Library staff as they perform poetry, to the Frazier Historic Museum as they bring history and to life. Utilizing cutting-edge communications and collaboration tools, imagine the economic development opportunities available with the expansion of business space directed to advanced technology and health care delivery through the efforts of the University of Louisville Foundation and the Nucleus business incubator. Imagine the increase in quality and availability of services delivered by the Louisville Veterans Administration Hospital, as well as the public University of Louisville Hospital through IT-related community health care resources. Imagine residents interacting with local government through e-government initiatives. Affordable, high capacity networks to support these activities exist in some parts of the Louisville area, and not in others. In many locations, high bandwidth next generation networks are built only when economic demand reaches a tipping point, making them available only to businesses able to locate where the networks are. We seek proposals to provide gigabit or greater next generation networks throughout the community, and invite responses utilizing any available technology (fiber, wireless or other) to provide reliable and affordable network access to the entire area.
Community Strengths Louisville economic area is a 23-county, two-state region of 1.4 million people located on the Ohio River, encompassing urban and rural counties, communities, towns, townships, and a variety of special districts. More than 100,000 employees commute from this region each day into LouisvilleJefferson County Metro, Kentucky’s largest city, where the majority of the region’s population and jobs are located. Major contributors to the region’s economy in Louisville are the international air hub of UPS, and a health-care industry that employs more than 70,000. Two Fortune 500 companies have made major commitments in Louisville in the last several years. United Parcel Service, which has its air hub in Louisville, opened a $1 billion expansion of WorldPort, its sorting and package facility located at Louisville International Airport. Kindred spun off a new pharmaceutical company, merging with PharMerica LongTerm Care, to create PharMerica Corp. A new downtown multi-purpose arena called the KFC Yum! Center, costing $252 million, opened in October 2010, attracting regional and national concerts, events and sports. Louisville is expanding our parks, adding 4,000 acres of new parks and a 100-mile hiking and biking trail encircling the city. University Strengths Since the inception of its legislative mandate to become a premier metropolitan research university in 1997, the UofL has continued to exceed the necessary measures and hit the mark for its students, its faculty, and the citizens of the Commonwealth. In the last school year alone, UofL reached all 27 of its 27 goals. Since the late 90s, UofL has made more progress than any other Kentucky institution in the number of degrees awarded and has achieved national recognition as 2nd in the nation with the highest percent increase in Federal research funding. UofL has a large regional health sciences center, and houses nationally recognized schools of arts & sciences, medicine, nursing, dentistry, education, social work, music, public health and information sciences, engineering, law, graduate studies and business. The University of Louisville has a long history of designing and operating high performance networking infrastructure. In collaboration with Jefferson County Public Schools (the largest K-12 school district in Kentucky and the 31st largest in the U. S.), the University has deployed over 140 miles of fiber optic infrastructure throughout Metro Louisville. The University takes pride in its community partnerships, and frequently joins with the City on projects to support economic development, business incubation, and entrepreneurship. These existing efforts are the foundation for the Gig.U initiative which will further collaboration with community partners in Metro Louisville.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Insight (100%) 56.9 °F 95 °F 10 °F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T, Insight, Other 14.7” 44.5” 3 728,091 5% 399 3,630 37.6 $44,887 28.8% 100% 61% 332,373 235,513 28,699 Located at the falls of the Ohio River, Louisville is in the bluegrass region of Kentucky, and is geographically a mixture of a flat plain surrounded by hill country. The metropolitan area encompasses Jefferson County and a portion of southern Indiana on the other side of the river. In 2000, citizens of Louisville and Jefferson County voted to merge their governments in 2003 – the largest such city-county merger in the U.S. in 30 years Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 68,161 N/A
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: AT&T, Insight, Other Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: LG&E (100%) LG&E (100%) 10,000 65,100 Water: Louisville Water Co (100%) Sewer: Metro Sewer District (100%) Education & Health services jobs Other service sector jobs 83,800
Local Economy High tech jobs (STEM) Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University of Louisville Hospital, Norton Healthcare, Baptist Healthcare, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare Other Major Colleges and Universities Jefferson Community and Technical College, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Sullivan University
University of Maine, Town of Orono and City of Old Town
The University of Maine, the Town of Orono, and the City of Old Town have closely cooperated on various economic development efforts for many years. From the Target Technology Incubator to, mostly recently, the appointment of the University’s President and Assistant Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Governmental Relations to the Board of Managers of Old Town Development, LLC. Cooperating on the expansion of ultra high-speed broadband in the community is a continuation of these collaborative relationships. University of Maine The University of Maine, founded in 1865, a land and Sea Grant institution with 875 faculty and an annual budget of roughly $346 million, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 60 countries. It currently enrolls 12,000 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with worldclass scholars. Students are offered 88 bachelor’s degree programs, 64 master’s degree programs, 25 doctoral programs and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. City of Old Town / Town of Orono Orono and Old Town are the two host communities of the University of Maine. Old Town may be best known for Old Town Canoe Co., a major manufacturer of canoes and kayaks, which has been based in Old Town for over 100 years with Orono being best known as the home of the University of Maine. Numerous other small and medium sized businesses include pulp and paper, construction, transportation, food, retail and professional services businesses. Startup companies based on university research are numerous. Many of the residents work for the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, the two largest employers in the area.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The community’s primary goals are the following: To have ultra high-speed – 1 Gbps and higher—broadband available to all residences and businesses in Old Town and Orono in order to stimulate economic development and enable delivery of advanced education and healthcare services; and To have next-generation wireless broadband available across the campus and the communities. There is particular interest in supporting existing, and attracting new, innovation / knowledge small office / home office businesses through next generation networking. The community seeks to have coverage, at a minimum, in village areas, business parks and the University campus (wireless). The community has a BTOP funded, open access, middle-mile fiber network being built through both communities, easing the efforts to construct FTTP networks.
Community Strengths The area is home to a mix of businesses ranging from startups spun off from university research to well established corporations. Located along the BTOP funded Three Ring Binder middle-mile fiber project. For more information, please visit Mainefiberco.com University community with strong student and faculty resident population and demand for broadband. Compact downtowns and villages that can be efficiently served with infrastructure – 70 percent of population, flagship university and major commercial and industrial districts all contained within 10 sq. mi. Technology Park with high technology users (tech incubators, Bank of America, Microdyne, government agencies); major manufacturing facility with strong R&D component and new business parks recently developed and in the design and engineering phase. The area has a growing population; over 5.5 percent in the past 10 years. For more information, please visit Orono.org and Old-town.org. University Strengths Major areas of research at the University include composite materials, bio-based energy, sustainable sciences, marine sciences and climate change. The University hosts the Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Innovation Engineering program, both designed to help students learn a systematic approach to creating, developing, refining, communicating and successfully implementing new ideas. The University offers nationally ranked engineering programs, an active Department of Industrial Cooperation and a newly formed School of Computing and Information Science. Home to a High Performance Computing Facility focused on economic development and maximizing the area’s public and private investments in high-bandwidth networks. For more information, please visit Clusters.umaine.edu Lead research participant in Maine’s Research and Education Network, a facilities-based regional optical network. University of Maine is a founding member of the NorthEast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium, a group of 5 states collaborating to build cyberinfrastructure in the Northeast, and a participant in the NorthEast Research and Education Network.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 41°F 79°F 18°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 80 42.6 0 18,203 +0.56% 62.7* 116 30 $34,700 38% 98% 75% 6,769 3,956 2,803 *70 percent of population, virtually all businesses & major university campus concentrated in city/town village areas with 9.8 sq. mi., with both municipalities considered urbancompact areas. The terrain is hilly, forested, and divided by the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers. Both municipalities are organized with a Council/Manager form of government. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 39 30 (10-144)
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Time Warner Cable – NE (90%) FairPoint Communications (95%) Broadband: GreatWorks Internet (GWI), Premium Choice Broadband Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Bangor Hydro Electric (100%) Bangor Gas (10%) 3.8% 5.4% Water: Sewer: Municipal Water Districts (85%) Municipal (85%) 22.3% 28.9%
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Eastern Maine Community College, Husson University, Beals College Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Maryland, College Park and the University District
The University of Maryland, College Park continues to work with its neighbors on its mission to enrich the economic, social and cultural life of the region, the nation and the world. University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked 18th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 32 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 73 in the Top 25. The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. In Fall 2010, Maryland had more than 37,600 enrolled students and nearly 4,000 faculty members. Its annual budget was $1.575 billion in FY 2010. In a 2009 study, the university’s economic impact to the state was $3.4 billion, supporting over 23,000 jobs. University District The “University District” includes several communities neighboring the University of Maryland, College Park. It covers College Park, University Park, Hyattsville and Riverdale Park. Maryland’s workforce is the fourth best educated in the nation. More than one-third of its population 25 and older holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 15.4 percent hold a graduate or professional degree (second highest). Federal agencies located in Maryland energize the state’s technology base. The state economy is also bolstered by innovations developed in its many research parks. One such research park, M Square, is located within the University District.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The University of Maryland regularly works with our partners in surrounding communities on a variety of projects, from community transportation to physical and economic revitalization projects. The University seeks to further engage its surrounding communities as a part of the university’s strategic plan to help transform our neighboring communities into vibrant and welcoming locales for living, working and doing business. Towards that goal, the University is working with the University District in five areas: K-12 education, public safety, transportation, housing/economic development and sustainability. The University of Maryland Research Park, M Square, is a dynamic location for science and technology companies. The university seeks to accelerate its development, offering incubator space for start-up companies and build-to-suit options for larger technology clients. M Square physically and programmatically links university researchers, students and staff with its high-tech residents. Key technology clusters at the park include environmental and earth sciences, food safety and agriculture policy, and language and national security. The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) is a GigaPoP organization founded by Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland. Dedicated to developing programs that provide advanced networks and information services to Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., MAX is a leader in facilitating education and research and solving technical and management issues related to high-performance networks.
Community Strengths According to the Maryland State Archives (www.msa.md.gov), the following are some of Maryland’s strengths: Maryland is an economic leader in technology advancements with a strong information technology support base. In 2008, information technology businesses operated almost 3,000 firms, and employed nearly 50,000 workers. It also ranked 3rd in the 2008 State New Economy Index, which measures economies on multiple factors relating to and including IT. Its economy continues to outperform the country as a whole. Information technology, telecommunications and aerospace and defense are leading forces behind Maryland's economic growth. Maryland is a noted leader in biotechnology, and it is at the center in the mapping of the human genome and commercial applications that result from its research. It has the second highest percentage of professional and technical workers in the nation. 25.4 percent, or more than 600,000 of its workers, are employed in professional, scientific and technical service industries. Maryland still retains its AAA bond rating in 2011. It is one of only eight states to achieve this highest award. University Strengths The University of Maryland is ranked among the top 20 public research universities in the United States. In fiscal year 2010, sponsored research and outreach activity totaled more than $544 million. The University offers varied IT programs to its students and community members. The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) helps faculty, student, and regional entrepreneurs create successful ventures. Mtech has had a $19.6 billion impact on the Maryland economy since 1983. The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is the university’s primary intellectual hub for scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, electronic literature, and cyberculture. MITH is internationally recognized as one of the leading centers of its kind, distinguished by cultural diversity, central to its identity. The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) fosters and enhances interdisciplinary research and education in computing at the university and it has played a major role in building strong interdisciplinary research programs, cutting-edge computing infrastructure and long-term partnerships with national and international research centers. The University is a strong participant in numerous advanced networking initiatives. It is one of the founders of the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), a consortium of 44 directly connected participants consisting of higher education and non-profit institutions and federal agencies. The MAX mission is to provide a high-performance network to enable the development of broadband applications. Its proximity to D.C. provides the opportunity and advantage of collaborating with federal agencies, labs, non-profits, universities, libraries and technology and information service providers in the Mid-Atlantic States. Additionally, William Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, is on the Board of Trustees of Internet2, an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community.
Background Information (State of Maryland unless otherwise noted) Population (2010) Population growth rate (2000 – 2010) Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income (2009) Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units (2009) Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast and Verizon 55.1°F 72.7°F 34.1°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Comcast and Verizon 20.6 40.8 n/a 25.3% 38 $69,193 35.2% % % 2,341,194 5,773,552 9% Maryland is the fifth most densely populated state with 594.8 inhabitants per square mile. The University District represents adjacent towns and cities with little agricultural or unpopulated area. It is well-served by public transportation and transportation infrastructure. It is conveniently located near the state’s and nation’s capitals and Baltimore. Several local governments serve the towns and cities that make up the University District. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (Univ. District) Broadband: Comcast, Verizon Largest Utilities (College Park, MD) Electric: Gas: Pepco Washington Gas Water: Sewer: Wash. Suburban Sanitary Comm. (WSSC) WSSC Education jobs 125,497 Other service sector jobs 89,613
State of Maryland Economy (2009) High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Doctors Community Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Prince George’s Hospital Center Other Major Colleges and Universities Research universities in or near the University District include the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and The Johns Hopkins University.
University of Michigan and City of Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan (U-M) is working with the City of Ann Arbor to create an environment where U-M faculty, staff and students have Internet connectivity in non-campus locations that mimics what is available on campus to support research, teaching and learning as well as U-M’s globalization and sustainability goals and regional economic development. University of Michigan In 1817, the University of Michigan was established in Detroit and became the first public university in the Northwest Territories. In 1837, the same year in which Michigan became a state, the university relocated to Ann Arbor. In 2009, U-M purchased the 174-acre Pfizer research center in Ann Arbor. Now known as the U-M North Campus Research Complex, it is being used for U-M’s growing research activities in health, biomedical sciences and other disciplines. The U-M and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers employ 39,462 faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus. 41,924 students were enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus in 2010. UM also has campuses in Flint and Dearborn. City of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, population over 114,000, was settled in 1823 and is located 40 miles west of Detroit on the Huron River. Ann Arbor was chartered as a city in 1851. The University of Michigan has shaped the economy and character of the city since its move to Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is a research, educational, and health care center, with a large number of government and industrial research and development firms, many in high-technology fields such as aerospace and nuclear research. Ann Arbor combines big-city amenities with a small-town atmosphere to produce a desirable quality of life. Approximately 75% of U-M students live in non-U-M owned housing.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The University of Michigan mission and values require its faculty, staff and students to be well connected locally and to points around the globe, in support of research, teaching and learning efforts. Connectivity from non-campus locations, including homes and apartments, that mimic what is available on campus is critical to support this round-the-clock effort. The University seeks reciprocal, productive engagement with nations and institutions around the world to enhance education and advance knowledge and understanding. The University of Michigan, which has long been engaged in many aspects of sustainability, is coordinating and focusing its expertise and resources to spur progress and establish our leadership in this critical arena. The City of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan seek to foster cutting-edge collaboration that cuts across city and university boundaries. Making connectivity that mimics U-M campus connectivity available across the City of Ann Arbor—including to individuals, businesses, schools, not-for-profits and incubator efforts—will support economic development and collaborative activities and goals. The state and regional economic development organizations (MEDC and SPARK respectively), the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor all work together to provide opportunities and incentives in recognition of mutual desires/wants.
Community Strengths Ann Arbor ranks fourth 4th on the list of Top 100 best educated cities with the highest percentage of bachelor degree-holding residents amongst similar communities. Nonprofit networking innovators and providers call Ann Arbor home, including Internet2. In addition to providing substantial network capacity, Internet2 engages its community in the development of important new technology including middleware, security, network research and performance measurement capabilities. Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit, member-owned organization formed in 1966 to design and implement a computer network between public universities in Michigan. Merit continues to provide high-performance networking and services to the research and education communities in Michigan and beyond. A2 is a recycling pioneer: In 1998, the U.S. EPA recognized Ann Arbor as one of the top 20 waste-reduction communities in North America for achieving a 50 percent diversion rate through recycling and composting. Industry icons call Ann Arbor home, such as Google, Domino’s Pizza and Zingerman’s. Honors and distinctions include: Tree City USA (Arbor Day Foundation); Bike-friendly City (Bicycling Magazine); Best Places to Live and Best Small Cities (CNN/Money Magazine); Top College Sports Town and Most Livable City (Forbes); Best Cities For Families (Parenting Magazine) University Strengths The University of Michigan is the largest university campus in the world with a $5.5 billion budget per year and over 31 million square feet of buildings. Based on research volume, with over $1 billion per year, U-M is generally ranked among the top three research universities in the world. In 2010, 5,000 students across campus participated in an entrepreneurial activity. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report (14th in 2011-12). UMHHC is nationally ranked in 16 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. U-M has history of working with partners to develop and utilize new technology applications that have changed the world including: the development, with IBM, of time-sharing in the 1960s; work on collaboration technology in the 1970s with the National Science Foundation; work on the Internet (with IBM and MCI) and digital photography in the 1980s; the development of next generation global networks with Internet2; and in the 2000s with the Google Book Project. The U-M makes significant economic contributions to the state of Michigan. At the Ann Arbor campus, the U-M employs over 39,000 people, with a total annual payroll and benefits of $3.4 billion. More than 4,300 jobs have been created on campus and within the medical center in the past five years. Research activity has resulted in 2,392 invention disclosures and 76 new start-up companies since 2003. On average, a new company is formed every five weeks. Each home football game generates an estimated $10 million for the local economy, and cultural activities attract more than 350,000 attendees each year.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (100%) 49.7°F 58.1°F 39.9°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T 58.4 35.6 < .25 48,723 20,110 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 113,934 1% 27 300 28.1 $50,291 69.3% 100% 4,222 people/square mile Rolling hills, 802 feet above sea level, 40 miles west of Detroit located on the Huron River The City of Ann Arbor operates under a mayor-city manager form of government. Half of the ten council members are elected annually by ward (two per ward) to two-year terms. The mayor is elected in a city-wide election to a two-year term every even year.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: AT&T, Dish Networks, Direct TV, 123net, EarthLink, Sprint, Verizon Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: DTE Energy DTE Energy 7,270 1,400 Water: Sewer: City of Ann Arbor City of Ann Arbor 67,889 30,043
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Other Major Colleges and Universities Washtenaw Community College, Concordia University, Cleary University, Eastern Michigan University Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of Missouri and City of Columbia
Officials at the University of Missouri and City of Columbia are working together to build an ultra high-speed network available to homes and businesses throughout the area to support ingenuity, ideas and economic growth. University of Missouri City of Columbia
Columbia was incorporated in 1826 along the The University of Missouri (MU) was founded Boone’s Lick Trail, one of the major east-west in 1839 in Columbia as the first U.S. public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, passages heading west. Local James S. with 2,039 faculty, a record enrollment of more Rollins is known as the “Father of the University” for his work to establish MU here. than 33,000 students and 260,000 alumni worldwide, MU is a $1.92 billion enterprise that Columbia retains a smaller-town feel while accounts for 72 percent of the research dollars growing into a metro center. Citizens treasure the arts, culture, parks, trails, learning, flowing to Missouri’s public universities. The diversity, civic involvement, free expression state’s most comprehensive university with and experimentation and have high more than 300 degree programs through 19 expectations for themselves and their local colleges and schools, MU is a land-grant government. Centrally located on I-70, university and is a member of the Association Columbia is halfway between St. Louis and of American Universities and one of only five Kansas City, 30 miles from the state capital institutions nationwide with law, medicine, and an easy drive to diverse communities. veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Use connections of 1 gigabit or higher to revolutionize the way education is perceived and delivered in the 21st century in Columbia. These connections could radically expand the audience for life-long learning through real-time, rich-media interactions. Fundamentally re-imagine delivery of the healthcare services continuum with connections of 1 gigabit or higher. Ultra high-speed connections will allow for distributed processing opportunities will leverage connectivity of homes. Using 1 gigabit or higher connections, aggressively pursue participation of fiber-enabled citizens, allowing Columbians to create a better quality of life and enhancing civic engagement. Pursue immersive customer facing applications to accelerate product development, enhance customer experiences and fortify business models through fiber-to-the-home connections.
Community Strengths People in Columbia understand that, without the University of Missouri, our quality of life would be diminished – we think of it as our University Columbia already has traditional bridges from “town to gown” – students practice in and learn from the community through Journalism School, Med School, athletics, arts and cultural programs and more. Students are part of our workforce, they’re customers, they rent housing and they volunteer for public service – it’s a mutual teaching/learning experience. Columbia is a great place for college grads to live, work and enjoy life (Richard Florida, Creative Class List, 2010); Columbia is the eighth best small city for business in metropolitan areas with < 250,000 people (Forbes, July 2011). Our tech economy includes CarFax, ABC Labs, Newsy, the MU Life Science Research Center and, most recently, 800 new jobs at IBM – we’re targeting this kind of opportunity. We were Google-ready in 2010, and our passion for “faster and better” keeps growing. For more information, please visit Columbiaredi.com and Gcolumbiamo.com University Strengths Based on quality of teaching, research and scholarship, MU is one of only 59 U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies MU among universities that offer the most educational opportunities and the highest level of instruction. MU is the state’s major public research university, annually attracting about $250 million for scientific research. MU also conducts more than 400 drug-development trials and is the nation’s largest supplier of radioisotopes for diagnosing and treating cancer. MU is known for collaborative discovery where faculty and students work together to solve problems and improve lives. Five interdisciplinary areas include top faculty and facilities that set MU apart from other universities, including Sustainable Energy; Media of the Future; and Disruptive and Transformational Technologies. MU serves and unifies the state via extension programs in more than 100 locations and through a comprehensive health system that includes four hospitals, numerous clinics and health care experts who conduct life-changing research and educate tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and allied health specialists. To date, the companies that have licensed products invented by MU scientists have received about $1 billion in sales revenues. Recently, MU’s organ printing technology was featured in TIME magazine’s list of “50 Best Inventions of 2010” and licensed by regenerative medicine company Organovo. University of Missouri Health Care was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 “most wired” health care organizations in the July 2011 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. MU’s Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, a partnership with Cerner Corp., is a leader in the adoption of health information technology to improve patient care.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 54°F 79°F 26°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: CenturyLInk – NA 21 39 1 108,500 2% 65 500 30.7 $56,368 23% 95% 60% 46,438 22,305 23,354 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 6,000 4 Fairly equally distributed, but high concentration of college-age residents in central city – new growth in north and east sections 70% rolling hills; 20% plains; 10% other – sensitive natural areas in most directions – well-drained watershed leading to Missouri River, to the west Council-Manager form of government through home-rule charter.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Mediacom, Charter – NA Broadband: Mediacom, Charter, CenturyLink, Socket, Tranquility Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: City of Columbia – 85% AmerenMissouri – 100% 4,072 3,102 Water: City of Columbia – 80% Sewer: City of Columbia – 95% Education jobs Other service sector jobs 1,322 27,395
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals MU Hospitals and Clinics (comprehensive); Boone Hosp. Center (local board); Veterans Hosp. Other Major Colleges and Universities Stephens College; Columbia College
University of Montana and City of Missoula
The University of Montana and the City of Missoula have nurtured a relationship where the two mutually support higher education, health care, the arts, technology-based business, federal research labs and national nonprofit foundations and organizations. Many UM graduates stay in the area because of the quality of life. Others relocate to Missoula for the same reason. University of Montana Established in 1893, The University of Montana-Missoula is a doctoral/research university with 15,643 students and 900 faculty. UM’s annual operating budget is approximately $392 million. UM offers a liberal arts education with professional programs in forestry and conservation, health professions and biomedical sciences, business, education, law, journalism, and visual and performing arts. The University’s 156-acre campus sits at the base of Mount Sentinel and borders the Clark Fork River. It has been recognized as one of the most scenic college campuses in America. City of Missoula Missoula is a compact community located on Interstate 90 and served by the Missoula International Airport. It is a vibrant Northern Rockies city where wilderness meets downtown, where a day for our 100,000-plus area residents can include both a hike to the “M” and a university lecture and where commerce means fine dining, a symphony orchestra and a strong health care industry. The University of Montana partners with the City of Missoula on multiple levels, including the Mayor’s Climate Change Advisory Committee and Best Place Project. These efforts serve to keep Missoula as one of the most economic viable, livable and sustainable cities in the region.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Missoula has developed a five-year, $3.2 million regional economic development plan called the “Best Place Project” that focuses on “smart, managed and sustainable growth through 21st Century jobs and industries that fit our community," and includes strategies to increase innovation, entrepreneurship and small business support. High-speed community bandwidth is critical to enable Missoula to implement this plan. The University of Montana’s recently released strategic plan titled “Building a University for the Global Century” emphasizes the need to support a dynamic learning environment that extends beyond the traditional classroom, and also beyond the borders of the campus, for which high-speed community bandwidth is critical.
Community Strengths Many UM graduates choose to stay in Missoula because of the outstanding quality of life, resulting in a populace with 32.8% of Missoula residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 24% nationally. Missoula is home to two regional medical centers and the International Heart Institute. They provide service to western Montana and parts of eastern Idaho and all are increasingly dependent on high-speed Internet as their demands and services become more sophisticated. Missoula boasts more nonprofits per capita than any city in the U.S. Many are national foundations with far-reaching connections. These include Adventure Cycling, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Boone and Crockett, the National Forest Foundation, the Mansfield Foundation, among others. In addition to the nationally connected nonprofits, there are literally hundreds of local organizations that have evolved out of the deep social commitment in the community. Missoula boasts great scenery and amazing outdoor activities – hiking, skiing, rafting, fly fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and hunting. Outside Magazine ranked Missoula 15th on its list of the 40 best college towns in America. City of Missoula website: www.ci.missoula.mt.us University Strengths The University of Montana offers students a dynamic learning environment that takes full advantage of its Rocky Mountain environment. A 28,000-acre experimental forest and a biological research station on the nation’s fourth largest freshwater lake enhance UM’s strong environmental sciences programs. Rolling Stone Magazine once labeled the University of Montana the most scenic campus in America, and Outside Magazine ranked UM among the top 10 colleges nationally for combining academic quality and outdoor recreation. UM ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, and has produced more Udall Scholars than any other school in the nation since the award’s inception in 1996. UM played a lead role in the Northern Tier Network Consortium’s success in building a 10Gb network connecting universities between Seattle and Chicago, completed in 2010. For more information, please visit Umt.edu.
Background Information Population (2009) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 44.3°F 56.3°F 32.3°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 46.7 13.5 0 29,408 17,656 11,752 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 6,508 68,876 2% 23 312 30.3 $32,046 40.3% Missoula is a scenic hub of five valleys with two rivers and surrounded by mountains. The valley floor is generally flat. The City of Missoula operates under the strong mayor/council form of municipal government with twelve council members representing six wards. Missoula County is governed by three commissioners selected atlarge by county residents.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Optimum (formerly Bresnan) CenturyLink Optimum, Blackfoot Communications, Cutthroat Telecommunications
Broadband: Optimum, CenturyLink, Blackfoot Communications, Cutthroat Telecommunications, BridgeMAXX Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Northwestern Energy (75%) Northwestern Energy (70%) 12,548 (incl. professional
Mountain Water Co. (95%)
Sewer: City of Missoula (100% availability) Education jobs Other service sector jobs 2,763 7,954
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Community Medical Center; St. Patrick Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities None
University of Nebraska – Lincoln and City of Lincoln
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the city of Lincoln, Nebraska are very interested in providing our community with high-speed connectivity through the Gig.U initiative. We believe this project has the potential to benefit all residents through increased access to online services and opportunities. University of Nebraska University of Nebraska—Lincoln is a national research university with 24,593 students, 1,594 faculty members and an annual budget of $1,092,299,980. UNL is on a rapid upward trajectory in enrollment growth, including significant recent increases in out-of-state and international students, and growth in research expenditures. A focus on innovations in the areas of food, fuel and water position the university for global impacts. City of Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska is a progressive Midwest city, the state’s capital city with a population of approximately 250,000. It is home to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has a rich cultural life. Lincoln ranks 15th in Best Cities for Next Gen Workforce, according to Next Generation Consulting. It is home to a number of nationally known technology firms, started by local entrepreneurs.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities In conjunction with advanced computer science education at the University of Nebraska— Lincoln, Southeast Communication College and other programs, Lincoln’s technology core offers an ideal mix of established business and fuel for innovation and development. NET Television, Nebraska’s Public Broadcast System, is located in Lincoln. NET offers a wide spectrum of services such as original community-based programming, distance education and an ongoing connection to education for broadcast in the digital age. High-speed fiber for residents within our community would expand and enhance these offerings. Lincoln’s community assets allow rapid deployment of a fiber network at a low cast with utilization by a broad cross-section of the community. An existing plan estimates that as many as 50,000 sites can be connected to a fiber network by the end of this year. Lincoln Public Schools’ fiber network extends high-speed Internet to all of its schools. Extending that network to where children live breaks down communication barriers for students and families in a school district where more than 50 languages are spoken and in a city with more than 30,000 immigrants from around the globe. Lincoln also has many leading components of a vibrant regional health care system that could form a test bed for advanced health informatics delivered over a fiber network. Unite Private Networks, LLC (UPN), is a fiber pure CLEC provider serving a large footprint in Lincoln UPN has an extensive 112 mile network to which the city has rights. UPN has a robust fiber ring in place with numerous sub-rings and is connected to, or very near, Lincoln’s Points of Presence. UPN is experiences in FTTP deployment. Lincoln existing assets could be connected for a relatively low cost, providing a backbone network that would place 44 percent of the population within 250 feet of the network.
Community Strengths Lincoln offers all the amenities of a midsize regional city of 250,000. Ranked in the Top 10 in many quality of life, safety, environmental and other studies, this is a remarkably comfortable and friendly place; when you're here, you're among friends. With more parkland per capita than any other city in the United States and an intricate trails network, Lincoln offers a wealth of outdoor diversions. Lincoln is also one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest, with abundant employment opportunities. Recent national and regional rankings put into perspective the benefits of living in Lincoln. #2 U.S. City, Quality of Life (The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2011); Lincoln Public Schools was ranked 2nd in quality of education in an eight-state area; 4th Best Place to Raise a Family (Children's Health, 2009); Top 10, America's Most Livable Cities (Forbes.com, 2010); 5th Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes.com, 2010); Top 10 College Town, Top 100 Place to Live (Relocateamerica.com, 2010); Top 25 Best Places to Retire (CNNMoney.com, 2010); and Readers of The Scientist rated UNL 8th in the magazine's "Best Places to Work in Academia" rankings (2007). University Strengths The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the "Research Universities (very high research activity)" category. In the past decade, UNL has: increased its research expenditures from $49 million to $139 million, increasing faster than all but 30 other U.S. universities; elevated the academic profile of its student body, moving from an average ACT of 24.2 to 25.4; and increased enrollment from 22,000 to approximately 25,000. In 2011, UNL became a member of the Big Ten conference and its academic counterpart, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, providing greater academic strength through collaboration with other top research institutions. Nebraska Innovation Campus welcomes partnerships with private businesses to advance research-based economic development. This campus will be a hub for the advancement if research, innovation and talent for the 21st century. UNL, home to the Daugherty Water for Food Institute, is tackling global issues including how to produce enough food to sustain a growing world population.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Time Warner (100%) 51°F 62.8°F 39.3°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Windstream (100%) 26 28 10 31.8 $50,290 35.8% 100% 65% 106,309 62,296 7,635 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 2,746 12 258,379 1.5% 91 The population density is 3,022.2/sq mi The terrain in and around Lincoln consists of flatlands and low rolling hills. Elevations vary from approximately 1140 to 1400 feet above sea level. We have a city government. Lincoln is also the state capitol.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Windstream, Time Warner Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Lincoln Electric System (100%) Black Hills Energy (100%) 3,487 1,4181 Water: Sewer: City of Lincoln (100%) City of Lincoln (100%) 36,036 53,181
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals BryanLGH Medical Center, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Madonna Rehabilation Center, Nebraska Heart Institute, Lincoln Surgical Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Doane College, Southeast Community College, BryanLGH College of Health Sciences Education jobs Other service sector jobs
University of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque
The University of New Mexico is the state’s flagship university, founded in 1889, with the Main and branch campuses serving a large urban and rural community across the state. The attached UNM Health Sciences Center offers programs in pharmacy, nursing and the School of Medicine, serve as research and learning facilities not just for the state but nationwide and internationally. University of New Mexico In Fall 2010, the University of New Mexico served 36, 510 students, employed 3,736 faculty, and had a total operating and capital budget of approximately $2.11 billion. Offering 94 bachelor degree programs, 74 master’s degree programs, and 40 doctoral programs, UNM consists of a Main Campus located in Albuquerque, which includes the Health Sciences Center, Extended University, Continuing Education, and four branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos and Valencia County, all of which have a two-year degree mission. The University also offers courses at the UNM West campus in Rio Rancho, and in centers located in Farmington, Hobbs, Kirtland Air Force Base, and Santa Fe. City of Albuquerque The city of Albuquerque runs along the Rio Grande River, home to approximately 800,000 people in the city proper, and 50,000 in the outlying suburban communities. UNM is one of the main economic drivers in the state, employing over 20,200 people statewide, including UNM Hospital.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities UNM agrees with the 1 GB threshold for institutional, research initiatives and rural project collaborations. UNM intends to seek ultra-high bandwidth projects that help researchers understand and address rural connectivity concerns. We will seek collaborations with BTOP and NTIA communities to further enhance regional activity. We will seek collaborations with federal laboratories on health and federal researchers on connectivity. We will examine wireless connectivity as an additional essential functionality.
Community Strengths The City of Albuquerque serves a diverse population of approximately 800,000 people in the city proper, and approximately 50,000 in outlying suburban areas. Economic development and opportunities abound, due to research, technology, military bases and national laboratories, a growing film industry and affordable housing and labor costs. A Forbes Magazine survey of the Best Places for Business and Careers ranked the Albuquerque metro area first in cost of doing business among 150 cities because of its low labor costs, low taxes and low costs for office space. Business costs are 25 percent lower than national average, according to Economy.com. Operating costs were a factor in Albuquerque’s ranking of 45th “Hottest City” out of 370 metro areas in Expansion Management Magazine's 2004 survey. Inc. Magazine, in 2004, cited affordability – housing costs and costs of living – in naming Albuquerque the 7th best medium-size city in which to do business. Forbes publisher Richard Karlgaard included Albuquerque in his compilation of 150 communities where it’s possible to live lavishly at a modest cost. Albuquerque is home to numbers of robust and growing technology clusters, which have found a good workforce, a supportive business environment and the incomparable resources of national laboratories and a nationally recognized university. In 2007 Inc. Magazine ranked Albuquerque 29th among the 100 Hottest Cities for Entrepreneurs, and the 2007 State New Economy Index ranked New Mexico 8th for jobs in high-tech fields. University Strengths The University is the state’s flagship research institution. UNM research injects millions of dollars into New Mexico’s economy, funds new advancements in healthcare and augments teaching, giving students hands-on training in state-of-the art laboratories. The University offers more than 210 degree and certificate programs, has 94 bachelor’s degrees, 74 master’s degrees and 40 doctoral programs. The Health Sciences Center is the state's largest integrated health care treatment, research and education organization. US. News and World Report’s 2008 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks the UNM School of Medicine 41st while specific areas also rank again among the top 10 – rural medicine, 2nd, and family and community medicine , 10th. Additionally, in health disciplines, UNM’s nursing/midwifery program is ranked 3rd. The Electrical Engineering graduate program is ranked 32nd among public universities, and the Electrical & Computer Engineering graduate program is 43rd among public universities and 72nd overall. UNM was the only New Mexico university to be ranked among the top 25 colleges and universities for Latinos by Hispanic Magazine. The University is ranked first among law schools by Hispanic Business magazine. The School of Engineering is ranked 5th and the School of Medicine 6th.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units (2000 census info) Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast, 67°F 88°F 56°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon 8.9 198,465 110,606 36 $47,000 785,000 2% 187.76 68.4% White, 46.3 Hispanic, 2.1% Black, 9.4% American Indian New Mexico terrain is dry, desert-like, with little rain, mild winters and very hot summers. There are several mountain ranges to the north and south, as well as dotting the landscape throughout the state. There are four national forests, two national laboratories, and two military bases in New Mexico. Albuquerque is a charter city. Local government consists of a mayor and 9member city council. Apartment complexes Average # units / complex
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: CenturyLink, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: 498,700 statewide 500,000 statewide 14.4% 29% Water: Sewer: Education jobs Other service sector jobs 119.9% 28.5% 200.000 (City of Albuquerque)
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Presbyterian Health Systems, Lovelace Health Systems, University of New Mexico Hospital United States Veterans Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities New Mexico State University, Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Northern New Mexico College, Western New Mexico University, Eastern New Mexico University, Institute of American Indian Arts
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) believe gigabit speed is a game changer, and this community with more than 30,000 residences and more than 2,000 small businesses is overwhelmingly supportive and committed to implementing gigabit speed. University of North Carolina University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered as the nation’s first public university in 1789 and opened to students in 1795. Today, the university’s annual budget is over $2.2 billion and the campus community is home to more than 3,500 faculty members and 29,000 students who would put gigabit broadband to important and global uses. Chapel Hill and Carrboro Vibrant communities with active citizens, thriving business, and expanding research initiatives. Recognized as a best community for families, children, art, and the environment. High interest from citizens, students, and businesses alike for gigabit connectivity. Positive economic development environment coupled with low unemployment provide ample opportunity for successful gigabit initiatives.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The UNC, Chapel Hill, Carrboro community is interested in gigabit broadband networking, including test bed and innovative initiatives, for research, education, and community use. Opportunities include but are not limited to: Gigabit broadband networking for growing research, healthcare, and education activities. UNC-Chapel Hill is developing a $2 billion research and mixed-use park (Carolina North) on 250 acres just minutes north of the main campus. Carolina North could accelerate and expand adoption and use of gigabit broadband. Patient outreach programs affiliated with UNC and the UNC Health Care System serve citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have been a national leader in the support of cloud-based application delivery. All students have access to a virtual desktop that provides them with educational and productivity tools from any Internet-connected computer. Recently introduced is Google Education Apps, giving the district’s 14,000 teachers and students daily access to collaborative tools. The Chapel Hill Public library, already the most heavily used in the state, is undergoing a $15 million expansion to accommodate expanding services. Gigabit broadband networking for economic development and citizen services. High community interest in technology and economic development, and high business and consumer interest in gigabit service. Test bed gigabit networking for research, healthcare, education, business, and community services.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Community Strengths Installing a 30-mile fiber network which can be the backbone for a gigabit system. The network contains on average 72 strand cables and forms a loop for increased reliability. The community is next door to Research Triangle Park, the largest and longest continually operating research park in the United States with the largest concentrations of high-tech workers in the country. 90% of residences are within a three-mile radius. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System is considered to be one of the best in the nation. Art and technology combined at the CHAT festival which drew together the diverse digital resources of the Triangle area in a series of events that explored ways in which technology is transforming the practices in the arts and humanities. Home to Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), a multi-institutional organization that brings together experts and advanced technology to address pressing research issues. For additional community information please visit Townofchapelhill.org and Townofcarrboro.org University Strengths UNC-Chapel Hill is a public institution that attracts world-class faculty and leads among public universities for producing Rhodes scholars. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UNC Chapel Hill as a research university with very high research activity. Offers bachelor, master, doctoral and professional degrees in areas critical to business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. UNC’s School of Medicine ranks 2nd for primary care and 20th as a research institution with almost $357 million in funding (U.S. News & World Report 2011). UNC-Chapel Hill is home to Ibiblio.org. One of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, Ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information. Extensive distance learning programs from eight institutions. About 7,000 students enroll in distance learning education courses through the UNC Friday Center each year. In the top 12 research institutions among domestic institutions of higher education in NIH funding. University recently acquired a new Research Computing Cluster (Kill Devil), which tops out at 75 teraflops. The School of Medicine and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has an aggressive telemedicine program focused on providing direct network delivered services. The university enjoys superb relations with partner schools and commercial entities that are part of the Research Triangle Park.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Background Information Population (2010, Municipal Limits) Avg. Annual population growth rate (0010) Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles (All Public Streets) Median age (Chapel Hill/Carrboro) Median household (HH) income (2008) Education (4+ years of college- 25 and over population) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 61°F 72°F 51°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T (85%) 8 48 1 76,815 1.73% 27.75 360 26/30 $57,551 32.3% 95% 80% 31,512 14,295 17,212 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 110 106 90 percent of residents live within a 3 mile radius; half in single-family homes and half in multi-family homes. Approximately 80% of local terrain is rolling hills with the remainder comprised of plains. Chapel Hill Town Council and Carrboro Board of Alderman are the sources of government authority and town governments exercise limited rule.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Time Warner Cable (90%) Broadband: AT&T (DSL), Time Warner Cable (Cable Modem), Clear (Wireless modem) Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Duke Energy (80%) PSNC Energy (90%) 12,328 Water: Sewer: Orange Water & Sewage (100%) Orange Water & Sewage (100%) 16,464 12,299
Local Economy (UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care employ over 17,000 people) High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Women’s Hospital, N.C. Cancer Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital, Rex Healthcare Other Major Colleges and Universities – NA Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Chapel Hill and Carrboro
University of Oklahoma and the Norman Economic Development Coalition
Established in 1996, the Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma, the City of Norman, Moore Norman Technology Center, and the Sooner Centurions, a committee of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. This unique partnership was formed to work full time on economic development in the Norman community. University of Oklahoma Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except health-related fields. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,400 full-time faculty members, and has 21 colleges offering majors at the baccalaureate level, the master’s level, the doctoral level and graduate certificates. The University’s annual operating budget is $1.6 billion. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. Norman Economic Development Coalition Norman, Oklahoma is located in the center of Oklahoma and is strategically situated near the crossroads of I-40 and I-35. In Norman, businesses and investors find business incubators, and state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure and facilities. The Norman Economic Development Coalition is dedicated to expanding the economic base of the Norman community, enhancing the earnings opportunities of area residents by retaining and expanding existing business and industry, as well as attracting desirable new employers that are consistent with Norman's high quality of life.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Next Generation Networking (NGN) will connect the residents of Norman to University and global resources, provide access and bandwidth to research and data repositories, and enhance collaboration opportunities that stimulate creativity, innovation and quality of life. The University of Oklahoma and the Norman community are ideal partners for bringing a combination of NGN wireless opportunities together with targeted FTTH. Most of Norman is densely located within a six-mile square grid. The University has three existing concentrations of fiber and networking capabilities within that grid. While some institutional and community backbone enhancements would be required, NGN wireless solutions from would provide an extremely high coverage ratio of residences. In addition, the City has recently built-out over 30 miles of fiber and maintains a comprehensive pole infrastructure. The Norman Economic Development Coalition and The University of Oklahoma work closely together and have a long track record with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects. The University of Oklahoma and the Norman Economic Development Coalition provide a unique combination of resources and a proven track record of successful large-scale projects. We are excited to participate with Gig.U and to enhance and develop new solutions and projects with the broadband community.
Community Strengths Norman is a technology mecca complete with technology business incubators, points of presence, sonet rings, wireless DSL, satellite uplinks, fiber optics and a range of other state-of-the-art communication tools. Home to the University of Oklahoma, Norman boasts established R&D partnerships and campus-like building sites. These research parks feature such established tenants as a genome research center, a world-renowned weather forecasting facility, an earth observation satellite company and a pharmaceutical research and drug production center. Importantly, the citizens of Norman have historically endorsed and invested in University projects that enhance the quality of life for residents. For example, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History was funded in part by a $5 million voter-approved initiative. Imagine this development in a city that was named 6th best small city in the nation in 2008 by Money Magazine, where 94.8 percent of the population have achieved a high school diploma and 44.2 percent of its citizens have a bachelor degree or better. Norman schools have been won seven U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School awards and were listed in the top 5% of the 2008 Newsweek Nation’s Top High Schools. Norman offers job opportunities in a wide range of companies such as Astellas Pharma, Hitachi, Johnson Controls, OfficeMax, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sitel, RiskMetrics, Weathernews and Chickasaw Nation Industries. For more information, please visit Nedcok.com. University Strengths OU is a Carnegie Classification Very High Research University and home to the National Weather Center that enables weather and earth observing research. This research is increasingly leveraged by other disciplines and industry for data assimilation and data exploitation activities using complex algorithms developed at OU. OU’s deep history in energy and weather gives us significant strengths in Applied Social Research, Risk Analytics (including Energy Risk) and Mapping. Our engineering strengths include Electrical and Computer Engineering research programs ranging from solid-state device research to our end-to-end networking lab and 3D optics research. OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth is nationally recognized for its successful programs and economic contributions, including the Software Business Accelerator. The University and the City have recently engaged in a project, dubbed "Collaboratory," to encourage growth and communication using social media tools and devices. OU is number one in the nation per capita among public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled, and is in the top five in the nation among all comprehensive public universities in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. OU has over $1.5 billion impact on the state’s economy each year.
Background Information Population (2011) Annual population Populated area (sq. Street miles Median age Median household Education (4+ years of % HH’s with access to % HH’s subscribing to Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 61°F 73°F 49°F Cox Communications Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or Phone: 6.8 37.29 1 AT&T 110,925 2% 188 842 27.9 $43,119 51.9% NA NA 46,864 90% 10% Apartment complexes Average # units / 85 100+ With a rich history beginning in 1889, Norman is home to the state’s premier research university, the University of Oklahoma, and is a part of the dynamic Oklahoma City metropolitan area with over one million residents. Norman is a compact community with a core city of 30 square miles with relatively flat terrain. The local government is the mayor/city manager form with eight elected city council persons from individual wards.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: AT& T (DSL) and Cox Communications Cable Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Norman Regional Healthplex System, Oklahoma Veteran’s Center, and the J.D. McCarty Center Other Major Colleges and Universities Norman: none 12,345 3,828 Education jobs Service sector jobs 1,794 7,853 OG&E (75%), OEC-25% ONG (100%) Water: Sewer: City of Norman City of Norman (100%)
University of South Florida System and City of Lakeland
The University of South Florida System catalyzes and coordinates initiatives at and among its interdependent institutions that develop graduates for 21st century careers; advances research, scholarship, and creative endeavors to improve the quality of life; and engages its communities for mutual benefit. As part of the Gig U initiative, USF Polytechnic has partnered with the City of Lakeland to support the proliferation of high-speed networks to drive innovation and economic growth for the region. University of South Florida System The University of South Florida System is a young, emerging system formed to bring member institutions together to serve the Tampa Bay region and beyond. The USF System is tasked with finding ways to capitalize on synergies and economies of scale among its institutions that are of benefit to students, faculty, staff, alumni and communities. The USF System has a total student enrollment of 47,576 and 2,300 faculty members. The total annual operating budget is $1.55 billion. In 2009-1010, the USF System was a top in the state for degree production, awarding a total of 10,835 degrees. City of Lakeland A thriving city of nearly 100,000 residents, Lakeland is the largest city in Polk County and the 21st most populated city in Florida. Incorporated in 1885 and situated in the center of Florida, Lakeland’s economic base consists of warehouse, transportation and distribution, education, healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Lakeland has received the distinction of being on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” list. Lakeland is home to Publix Supermarkets—consistently ranked atop company to work for—and Florida Southern College.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The USF System participates in the development of next-generation networks for research and academic purposes. This has positioned our community partners with greater availability to fiber networks. Partnership maintains collaboration with the region in order to develop economic development initiatives, including enhancing network infrastructure. Can also provide partnership with a fiber ring topology solution serving all of Polk County. Expanding research and entrepreneurship community in Florida’s High Tech Corridor creates demand for next generation networks. Gigabit or faster speeds will be integral to both the University and the community to support research, education and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives. Provide USF Polytechnic, located in Polk County, with a fiber optic solution to connect into existing networks such Florida LambdaRail and Internet 2. Also welcome solutions connecting new campus to Inland Fiber and Data center in Winter Haven, FL. Interest includes both fiber-optic and other technologies for gigabit connectivity to homes, businesses and other institutions. Our community area includes rural communities, so we welcome high-speed wireless solutions to provide improved connectivity to un-served and underserved areas. We also welcome responses from providers with strategies for providing broadband access to traditionally underserved demographics.
Community Strengths Lakeland is less than 30 minutes to Tampa and less than an hour to Orlando. With international airports, sea ports, freight and passenger rail and a major east/west and north/south highway system, it is the transportation center of Florida. 8.5 million people live within a 100 mile radius of Lakeland. Access to premier businesses: Lakeland is one of the major hubs for distribution in Florida and the southeast. The City owns its own electric company, Lakeland Electric, which currently has more than 300 miles of fiber optic lines either in use or waiting for service. Cooperation from a variety of public and private partners including, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Economic Development Council, City of Lakeland, Polk County School Board and others. Additionally, Lakeland’s community development organization, Lakeland Vision, can reach out to neighborhoods and service agencies. University System Strengths The USF System helps make Florida a vibrant, well-educated and prosperous national and international destination. The university serves as a transformative force in education, entrepreneurship and innovation. USF System researchers were responsible for $309 million in research expenditures last year and the university has been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the nation’s fastest growing research university in federal funding. The USF system’s rapid ascent into the leagues of major research institutions has made it a magnet for attracting health and technology companies to the Tampa Bay Region. These entrepreneurial ventures and global organizations play an important role in reviving the economy and expanding Florida’s opportunities. The USF System is a catalyst in uniting the region’s greatest assets in science, technology, math, engineering, health care, education and financial services. The System is relentlessly focused on preparing a new generation to thrive in a globally-competitive market. The System continues to do the important work of supporting first-generation scholars who will transform their families’ – and their communities’ – futures.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 74.5°F Avg. snowfall (inches) 84.1°F Avg. rainfall (inches) 63.9°F Avg. hurricane or tornado activity Phone: Verizon (100%) 0 49.13 1-2 39.8 $40,343 15.53% 65% 50% 48,218 24,987 12,785 97,422 2.4% 74.62 Despite Lakeland’s large geographic size, the majority of the city’s population is considered to be within the urban area. Some rural areas exist, but are situated on the outskirts of town. As the name implies, Lakeland is a city woven with fresh water lakes. Situated approximately 140 feet above sea level, Lakeland is a relatively flat geographic area with sandy soil. Lakeland’s form of government is the City Commission (manager form). Apartment complexes Average # units / 35 185
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Bright House Networks(100%) Broadband: Bright House Networks, Verizon, CenturyLink Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Lakeland Electric (100%) TECO/Peoples Gas (60%) 10,000 14,200 Water: Sewer: Lakeland Water Utilities (100%) Lakeland Water Utilities (100%) 28,900 23,900
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Watson Clinic LLP, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for Cancer Care and Research, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center Other Major Colleges and Universities Florida Southern, Southeastern University, Polk State, Keiser University, Warner University Education jobs Service sector jobs
University of Virginia, City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle
In founding the University of Virginia, Jefferson intended to create “a bulwark for the human mind in the Western Hemisphere.” Gigabit Internet could connect the roughly 135,000 people in Charlottesville and Albemarle beyond the hemisphere to the world like never before. University of Virginia The University of Virginia (U.Va.) is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are wellprepared to help shape the future of the nation. The University of Virginia Medical Center is a nationally renowned academic Medical Center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. In the Fall of 2010, U.Va. had 20,049 enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs and employed 2,125 full-time faculty and 5, 854 full-time staff. The school’s operating budget was $2,238.7 billion in 2010. Charlottesville and County of Albemarle As of the 2010 census update, the city proper had a population of 43,475. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, though the two are separate legal entities in Virginia. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Charlottesville with Albemarle County for statistical purposes, bringing the total population to over 118,398. Charlottesville is an urban population center that is a hub of artistic and technological creativity. It also plays host to a growing number of start-ups and entrepreneurs. Charlottesville is best known as being the home to two U.S. Presidents (Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe), and the home of the University of Virginia, which, along with Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities U.Va.’s Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI) promotes a culture of innovation and excellence in the humanities, social sciences and arts within the academic life of UVA. The SHANTI Experiment offers sustainable, relevant, and academically adapted digital technologies with institutional support and community engagement models to a University community in order to accomplish rapid and transformative innovation on a broad scale. The University of Virginia Health System is a nationally renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow’s health care leaders and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. Gigabit connectivity could help improve telemedicine applications, diagnostic and interventional imaging applications used by the Heart and Vascular Center, and genomics research among many others. Charlottesville and Albemarle are the first city and county in Virginia, and one of the first in the nation, where homes and businesses are equipped with “smart meters” that make the delivery of electricity more efficient and less costly and lay the ground work for a “smart grid.” Albemarle is the home of the burgeoning biotech and defense intelligence industries, with the recent openings of the MicroAire Surgical Instruments and Defense Intelligence Agency’s headquarters.
Community Strengths Charlottesville is home to some of the best connected citizenry in the U.S. States (ranked number 1 of 10 “Really CoolSmall Southern Markets”, by Southern Business & Development magazine in 2008). Charlottesville is ranked as one of the best communities in the nation to start a new technology business (ranked as 9th Best Small Market for Business in 2008 by Forbes magazine and 18th Best City for Living and Launching a Business in 2008 by Money and Fortune magazines). The city is an urban population center that is a hub of artistic and technological creativity. It also plays host to a growing number of startups and entrepreneurs. The community also hosts the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College, two of the topranked institutions in their respective categories of four and two-year institutions, and which are part of the Internet2 consortium. The entire City of Charlottesville has been designated as a Technology Zone. This step ensures that Charlottesville will be a competitive environment for 21st century companies. The ordinance allows qualifying technology related businesses significant reductions in local business license fees. Charlottesville is the home of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters, the Leander McCormick Observatory and the CFA Institute. The National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) and Defense Intelligence Agency are in Albemarle. Other large employers include Crutchfield, GE Intelligent Platforms, PepsiCo, Martha Jefferson Hospital and SNL Financial. University Strengths Since U.S. News began a separate listing of the top 50 public universities, U.Va. has never been ranked lower than 2nd. And in the history of the U.S. News Rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top 25 listing of all public and private universities. Sponsored research awards totaled over $314 million for FY 2008 from all sources (federal and state agencies, industry and private foundations). Of this amount, over half came from the National Institutes of Health. The National Institutes of Health made 461 awards to researchers at the University of Virginia totaling $160 million. The National Science Foundation awarded a total of over $24 million to the University on 144 awards. The University a member of both Internet2 and National LambdaRail. U.Va is connected to both networks via a 10Gbps primary circuit to Northern Virginia. The U.Va. has the highest graduation rate among public universities. The University is made up of twelve schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. U.Va. offers 51 bachelor's degrees in 47 fields, 84 master's degrees in 67 fields, six educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees, and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields. Recognized for excellence by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctors, Thomson 100 Top Hospitals, and Good Housekeeping, physicians at the U.Va. Medical Center serve patients from Charlottesville and the surrounding communities, as well as from throughout Virginia and the Southeast.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. 55.5°F 65.9°F 45.1°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) 24 42.6 34 $56,549 48% 75% 35% 51,311 29,600 21,711 134,390 1% 822 Dense city and urban ring with over 4,000 people per mile, more suburban and rural area of 110 people per mile elsewhere Approximately 4 gated communities averaging about 295 units per community Terrain is predominately plains (40%) and rolling hills (55%) with about 5% mountains Virginia is a Dillon rule state, and the city and county both operate under a council/manager form of government Apartment complexes 240 Average # units / complex 50
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Cable: Comcast (90%) Phone: CenturyLink (80%) Broadband: Comcast, CenturyLink, Cavalier Broadband,Blue Ridge Internetworks, nTelos Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Dominion Virginia Power (80%)* Charlottesville Gas (90%) 11,500 5,600 Water: RWSA (100%) Sewer: RWSA (100%) Education jobs Other service sector jobs 10,500 16,000
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals University of Virginia Medical Center; Martha Jefferson Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Piedmont Virginia Community College; National College
University of Washington and City of Seattle
As a trade gateway to the Pacific Rim and home to major companies and institutions in IT, ecommerce, biomedical research and aerospace, the City of Seattle and the University of Washington have a successful history of collaborating on infrastructure projects to benefit their communities and businesses. University of Washington The University of Washington (UW) serves 48,131 students on campuses in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, has 4,851 faculty, and confers over 12,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees annually. UW has an annual budget of $5.58 billion (including the UW Medical Centers). In 2009, UW’s overall economic impact on Washington State was over $9 billion. For every $1.00 the state invests in the UW, the UW returns more than $1.48 back to the state in tax revenue and $22.00 to the state’s economy. City of Seattle Seattle has a population of 612,000 (in a greater metropolitan area of 3.7 million) in an 84 square mile area. Seattle has more than 180 identified neighborhoods. Areas targeted for this project are South Lake Union, a hi-tech and bio-tech hub adjacent to downtown, and an area adjacent to the UW between I-5, NE 45th Street, and the Ship Canal. Seattle is the birthplace of the commercial airplane (Boeing), retail coffee industry (Starbucks), electronic retailing industry (Amazon), and commercial software development (Microsoft).
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The City’s Task Force on Telecommunications Innovation established a goal that by 2015, a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network would provide all of Seattle with access to a network with capacity to meet the information, communications and entertainment needs of the City. Seattle’s high residential and business densities, along with a high percentage of aerial plant, make the construction one of the most cost effective builds in the country. Seattle has built 515 miles of fiber throughout the city, including backhaul fiber to major anchor institutions and fiber into all neighborhoods, connecting education, government and transportation. DoIT has installed messenger wires with innerduct and fiber on about 5,000 utility poles along arterial routes that extend into every neighborhood in the city. A new fiber plant can use these existing routes with whatever fiber count is needed to reach every neighborhood. City of Seattle offers access to existing City assets such as utility poles, underground conduit, fiber optic cable and some City-owned lands, as well as the support of talented and dedicated City staff. The City actively seeks private partners to continue developing a state of the art FTTP broadband network. This summer the City issued an RFP and selected Comcast to provide the next generation of service using City-owned conduit in Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic neighborhood, which is home to a variety of start-up companies.
Community Strengths The Seattle area is home to pioneering information-technology companies, bio-tech and research facilities, a major seaport and airport that provide a gateway to the Far East, skilled professionals and technology-savvy residents. 2009 Seattle Tech Indicators show that 83 percent of Seattle’s citizens have computers and use the Internet—higher than the national average. Eighty percent of computer users use the Internet to find information about local businesses, and two-thirds (66 percent) of computer users who work at a paying job say they use the Internet to work from home. The City of Seattle has significant broadband facilities and services in place today. It has developed fiber-optic, radio and Ethernet networks. The City has employees with expertise and experience in communications technology. The City owns and manages other assets that could be important in a broadband network, including buildings, utility poles and rightof-way. Seattle is developing projects for electric utility smart grid, deploying intelligent transportation systems and providing connectivity assistance via cable modems to nonprofits. Seattle is an environmental leader. We recycle 53.7 percent of our waste stream, compared to the nationwide average of about 33.8 percent; 160 buildings have achieved LEED ratings (27 Certified, 48 Silver, 78 Gold and 7 Platinum); Seattle City Light is greenhouse gas neutral; and 83 percent of downtown employees use transit, carpool, walk, or bike. This year the City added Nissan Leaf electronic vehicles to its fleet and is installing 22 public charging stations in five locations. University Strengths UW is the state’s third-largest employer, following Boeing and Microsoft, driving nearly 70,000 jobs—28,000 at the UW and 42,000 more throughout the state’s economy. Since 1999, the UW has created 7,600 new jobs. This growth is directly attributed to faculty and researchers winning competitive federal and corporate research grants. The UW has been the top public university in federal research funding every year since 1974 and among the top five universities, public and private, in federal funding since 1969. Nearly 75 percent of UW graduates remain in Washington after graduation, thus providing the state a well-educated workforce and positively contributing to the state’s economy. Under contract with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, UW manages and operates multiple 10 Gbps pathways to Internet2, National LambdaRail, Western Regional Network and PacificWave. UW manages and operates the Washington State K-20 Education Network, connecting 23 baccalaureates, 45 community colleges, 308 K-12 school districts, and 32 Libraries. UW leases and operates a Class A telecommunications co-location and exchange facility within the Westin Building in Seattle, one of the primary Meet-Me Points for most major telecommunications companies along the West Coast.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: 52°F 60°F 45°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 7 37 0 612,000 0.86% 84 1,706.7 36.1 $57,849 56% 100% 74% 295,680 140,958 153,361 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 5,959 22 Population density is 7,286 per/sq mile. About 85% of the population is aged 18 and over. Seattle lies on 7 hills between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It has a mild climate described as Marine West Coast. Seattle has an elected mayor and 9 city council members. The City manages its own telephone system and power and water utilities.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Comcast (170,000), Broadstripe (17,000) Century Link, ATT, Verizon Broadband: Comcast, Broadstripe, Verizon, ATT, CenturyLink, Sprint, EarthLink, Speakeasy, Clear Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Seattle City Light (100%) Puget Sound Energy (100%) 25,646 85,566 Water: Sewer: Seattle Public Utilities (100%) King County (100%) 32,628 163,680
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals
Harborview Medical Center; Children's Hospital; Group Health Hospital; Kindred Hospital; Northwest Hospital; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; three Swedish Medical Centers; University of Washington Medical Center; VA Puget Sound Health Care; Virginia Mason Hospital; West Seattle Psychiatric Hospital
Education jobs Other service sector jobs
Other Major Colleges and Universities Seattle Community Colleges (4 campuses), Seattle U., Seattle Pacific U., Art Institute of Seattle
Virginia Tech and City of Blacksburg
Virginia Tech Virginia Tech is ranked 46th in university research in the country and has approximately 30,000 students, 1,364 faculty, and a budget of $1.1 billion. About two thirds of those students live in multifamily or apartment complex housing in Blacksburg. Every one of these students spends a large proportion of their day engaging in bandwidth-intensive activities including research, entertainment, communications, applications development, and multimedia or streaming video. Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top 15 schools in the nation in number of patents received. Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center (CRC) is the largest research park in Virginia and hosts more than 100 technologybased companies, contributing to Blacksburg’s high-tech, professional environment. City of Blacksburg Blacksburg, VA has a long and proven track record as a community on the forefront of leveraging technology for its citizens. The Blacksburg Electronic Village was launched in partnership with VA Tech and Bell Atlantic in October 1993 and by the summer of 1997, more than 60 percent of the town's 36,000 citizens regularly used the Internet, 70 percent of the local businesses advertised online. 85 percent of Blacksburg residents have a college education. In addition to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center the town is also home to MOOG, a major contractor for the defense department and the health care industry and Rackspace's Email and Apps Division. The town and county continue to recruit major industry to the area; it is an ideal location for developing high tech industry.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Blacksburg, as the home of Virginia Tech, is uniquely positioned among small towns and cities in the United States as an ideal testbed for a FTTH deployment. Its residents have a considerable level of sophistication in their demand for, understanding of and interest in broadband. There is increasing demand for fiber to the home for telework, student research at home, and entrepreneurial activities. The university itself drives demand for next-generation applications that require large amounts of bandwidth to function optimally by promoting the use of innovative networked technologies in teaching and research by its faculty and students. As a result of Virginia Tech’s leadership role in the development in next-generation networks for research purposes, and as a side effect of its role as an anchor institution requiring exceptionally large amounts of network throughput on a daily basis, Blacksburg is far better positioned than many communities in terms of the availability of redundant, diverse backbone and middle-mile fiber interconnections. Because Virginia Tech has for many years taken a lead role in the planning, provision, operation and ongoing maintenance of multiple high-profile research and educational networks, Blacksburg has a deep pool of network engineering and operations expertise. Furthermore, there exists a ready supply of talent that could be leveraged in a proposed FTTH network. Virginia Tech and Blacksburg have actively maintained collaboration and knowledgesharing with the wider region of Roanoke and the New River Valley for the purpose of developing economic development initiatives that include a focus on enhancement of network infrastructure.
Community Strengths By late 1999, more than 87% of Blacksburg town residents were online and more than 400 area businesses were listed on the BEV Village Mall. It is widely believed that the very first e-commerce transaction on the Internet occurred involving a flower shop in Blacksburg having its store information on the BEV mall website. In 2005, Blacksburg was named by Expansion Management magazine’s “Knowledge Worker Quotient” as a Top Metro for Ph.Ds. per Capita (following only Ithaca, N.Y.); Best Educated Technical Work Force; and Five-Star Knowledge Worker Metro. Virginia’s largest town, Blacksburg has been ranked among the nation’s best places to live by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Men’s Journal, 50 Best Small Southern Towns, The Sporting News and Retirement Places Rated. The technological literacy of the Blacksburg community does not end at the borders of the town itself. The regional authorities that promote economic development in the region, such as the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council; the New River Valley Planning District Commission and its member local governments, have realized and prioritized the importance of broadband in comprehensive planning and community outreach efforts. They recognize that physical infrastructure is only one necessary piece to realize the economic and social benefits of technology, and a number of efforts to date address both supply and demand issues relating to broadband. University Strengths Virginia Tech has a robust campus network infrastructure with sufficient fiber and other resources. The high performance computing center is co-located with a major network service node, providing ease of access to national and regional research networks. Mid-Atlantic Terascale Partnership (MATP) - MATP is an informal consortium of research institutions gathered to 1) regionally aggregate access to national and international research networks, 2) promote development of shared advanced network and other cyberinfrastructure serving the region, and 3) collaborate for development, implementation, and efficient operation of emerging technology. Virginia Tech cofounded MATP and serves as the managing member. Mid Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) - Virginia Tech provided the impetus for creation of this non-profit cooperative which is currently constructing over 700 miles of fiber optic infrastructure throughout Southside Virginia. Virginia Tech and MBC will jointly build a high performance Dense Mode Wave Division Multiplex (DWDM) network system linking the MBC network to points including Washington, DC, Raleigh, and Atlanta. This system will provide Virginia Tech with multiple 10+ Gbps channels to multiple city nodes. National LambdaRail (NLR) - Virginia Tech is a founding NLR Class A Member with responsibility for facilitating all access to the NLR Washington DC node for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Virginia Tech holds a seat on the NLR Board of Directors and currently a seat on NLR's Executive Committee. Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center (CRC) is the largest in Virginia and hosts more than 100 technology-based companies, as well as the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, contributing to a high-tech, professional environment.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Broadband: Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs 1,043 3,791 Education jobs Other service sector jobs 1,247 56,188 Water: Sewer: 51.2°F 63°F 39.2°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: 20 40.9 rare 17,682 10,280 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex $34,320 134.7 51,212 Population - 51,212 plus 9,100 oncampus students (dorms) 215.5 persons per square mile (Montgomery county, from the 2000 census)
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies, Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage)
Major Hospitals Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Montgomery Regional Hospital, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Other Major Colleges and Universities Virginia Tech; Radford University, New River Community College
Wake Forest University and City of Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University Wake Forest University is a private university in North Carolina, founded in 1834. The University received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, North Carolina, the state capital. The Reynolda Campus, the university's main campus, is located north of downtown Winston-Salem, after the university moved there in 1956. The University also occupies lab space at the Bowman Gray Technical Center, at the downtown Piedmont Research Park, and at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. The University's Babcock Graduate School of Management maintains a presence on the main campus in WinstonSalem and in Charlotte, North Carolina. Total University enrollment is 7,079. City of Winston-Salem Winston-Salem is a city in North Carolina with a 2010 population of 229,617. Winston-Salem is the county seat and largest city of Forsyth County and the fourth-largest city in the state. Winston-Salem is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region. It is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage and "City of the Arts" for its dedication to fine arts and theater. It is the location of the corporate headquarters of BB&T, HanesBrands, Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., Lowes Foods Stores, ISP Sports, Reynolds American Reynolda Manufacturing Solutions, Southern Community Bank, and TW Garner Food Company.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities The City of Winston-Salem has several ongoing partnerships to expand the use of broadband within the community. The impact and benefits of these programs have been recognized through several national awards. Current programs include: WinstonNet’s 40 free public computer labs and the affiliated Training Bridge – A consortium of local governments, higher-ed institutions, and Chamber of Commerce provide facilities, equipment, and broadband access throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. One Economy’s BeeHive – A locally sponsored multi-lingual web portal. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school’s partnership with One Economy, AT&T, and the City of Winston-Salem to provide computers into the home. Free WiFi – The City of Winston-Salem provides free broadband access over several blocks in the downtown area. Residents of Winston-Salem have already expressed their support for broadband as part of an RFI to build out of a Wi-Fi to the home mesh network in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem is transforming itself to be a leader in the nanotech, high-tech and bio-tech fields. Medical research is a fast-growing local industry, and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the largest employer in Winston-Salem. A portion of downtown WinstonSalem has been designated as the Piedmont Triad Research Park for biomedical and information technology research and development. Currently, the research park is undergoing an expansion. Ultra high-speed networking capability could be crucial to the area’s transformation.
City of Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University
Community Strengths Winston-Salem has a proven commitment and a recognized track record for being a leader in the use of technology for the benefit of the community. Leadership from the Mayor and elected officials, corporate partnerships, and non-profit organizations have been instrumental in converting the city from a manufacturing dominated economy to a balanced economy with a mix of manufacturing, banking, health care, biomedical engineering, higher education and service industries. Winston-Salem has been ranked a Top 3 Digital City (Center for Digital Government, 2006-2009), a Top 7 Intelligent Community of the Year (Intelligent Community Forum, 2008) and one of the Top 25 locations for Biotechnology (Business Facilities Magazine). Downtown Winston-Salem is becoming a vibrant regional center that includes a new baseball stadium and the Piedmont Triad Research Park. The Park is a growing urbanbased, mixed-use biotechnology and related technology research park comprised of over 200 acres of redevelopment with several new research and residential buildings completed. Winston-Salem is proud to be known as ‘The City of the Arts’, which was confirmed recently through a capital fund drive by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County that was successful at achieving its goal of $26 million. University Strengths Anthony Atala is the first in the world to grow organs in a lab with the patient’s DNA. They used regenerative tissue of five boys to replace damaged sections of urinary tubes. The University is engaged in research in bioinformatics, computational systems biology, and computational biophysics. Complementary computational and experimental research areas span the scales from study of molecular and nanosystems, to modeling of signal transduction pathways and cellular biology, to statistical analysis of ecological systems. The Center for Nanotechnology developed plastic-based flexible electronics. Wake Forest University and Fisk University partnered to develop crystals that can be used to detect nuclear threats and radioactive material. Wake Forest researchers have shown that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults potentially combating the progression of dementia. Faculty are training an army of ‘digital ants’ to turn loose into the power grid to seek out computer viruses trying to wreak havoc on the system. The Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials received the first patent for solar cell technology that can double the energy production of flat cells at lower cost. Faculty and students teamed up with student researchers to develop a platform for dynamic texts, advancing the way students learn about genetics, ecology and evolution. Wake Forest is the first university in the world to unite every member of the extended campus community with a site-wide license for Cisco WebEx Meeting Center. Dr. Freddie Salsbury uses computer modeling to connect biomolecular structure with biological function, advancing opportunities for drug discovery. Paul Pauca develop assistive technologies for mobile devices.
City of Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University
Background Information Population (2008) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Time Warner Cable 57.8°F 68.4°F 47.1°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: AT&T, Verizon 8.8 42.6 $41,326 % 95% 65% 100,643 67,544 34,223 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 70 118 228,362 % 133.69 The highest population density is nearest to the City center, and follows an increased degree of lesser density the further the distance outward. Population is highest in the Western and Southern quadrants of the City. The surrounding terrain is rolling hills. City government is comprised of Mayor, City Council and City Manager.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Duke Energy, Energy United Piedmont Natural Gas 2,510 20,331 Water: Winston-Salem City County Utilities Sewer: Winston-Salem City County Utilities Education jobs Other service sector jobs 15,172 136,314
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs
Major Hospitals Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, Brenner Childrens Hospital, Medical Park Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities Winston-Salem State University, University of NC School of the Arts, Salem College, Forsyth Technical Community College
City of Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University
West Virginia University and Morgantown
West Virginia University West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution founded in 1867. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WVU as a Research University (High Research Activity). In 2011, research funding exceeded $174 million for the second consecutive year. Fall 2010 enrollment was 29,306, and in 201011, WVU awarded 6,289 degrees. WVU has 1,615 instructional faculty, an annual budget of approximately $938 million and a total of 8,393 employees. No university means more to its state: statewide WVU created $8.28 billion in business volume: for every $1 invested in WVU by the State, $40 is returned to the economy (fiscal 2009). City of Morgantown, Monongalia County The City of Morgantown is the county seat of Monongalia County and is located along the Monongahela River close to the Pennsylvania border in the north central part of West Virginia. Morgantown is the home to WVU, the largest institution of higher education in the state, and is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region. Morgantown’s daytime population is estimated at 70,000. Morgantown and Monongalia County offer "Mountains of Opportunity" for business development and expansion. This is one of the major growth areas in the state. Monongalia County was the only north central county to realize population growth for the last 20 years. Morgantown and Monongalia County have consistently seen some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Some major employers in the area include the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and West Virginia University.
Community Goals and Next Generation Networking Opportunities Potential for 1 Gb/s or faster residential and commercial service within Morgantown and directly adjacent communities. Backbone for potential expansion of outdoor WiFi in downtown and business development parks. By providing access to its broadband resources, Morgantown plays a significant role in helping researchers achieve their next discovery and advance the field of cancer research. The Water Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center dedicated to hydrology research and developing energy-efficient technologies for our global future, and serves as a global portal to NETL. Next generation energy applications and education are happening at Morgantown’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and Biometrics research is occurring at local FBI facilities. The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute is building new ways to battle memory-related diseases that affect our society. The Center for Disease Control’s NIOSH center, the NASA IV&V Center and the FBI center, where WVU is the academic portal, are ways Morgantown boasts advanced research technologies and fosters innovation.
Community Strengths Morgantown, West Virginia and its surrounding communities offer a unique mix of advantages, balancing big metro infrastructure and accessibility with small city costs and convenience, minus the big city traffic. Located about 75 miles south of Pittsburgh and approximately 200 miles from Washington, D.C. / Northern VA as well as Cleveland and Columbus in Ohio, the area is an ideal destination for businesses trying to establish a second hub or, with the economic challenges of recent times, even a primary office. Major government agencies and federal contractors in the area are FBI, NASA, National Weather Service, Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center, Regional Educational Service Agencies, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and SAIC. Private companies located in the greater Morgantown region include Aegis, Aurora Flight Sciences, Bombardier Aerospace, Consol Energy, Engine and Airframe Solutions Worldwide, FCX Systems, FMW Composite Systems, KCI Aviation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, Mon Power, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Novelis, Pratt & Whitney Engine Services and TeleTech. Healthcare is one of the most active and reputed sectors in the region, headed by bellwethers Mon General Hospital and WVU Hospitals. Morgantown has been ranked 3rd on the 2009 “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers” (Forbes Magazine, 2009); 6th in “25 Best Places to Find a Job” (CareerBuilder.com); 29th among “50 Smart Places to Live” (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine); number one Best Small City in America (Bizjournals.com); Best Small City in the East (Prometheus Publications); 3rd Best Small Town (Men’s Journal); and 5th Best Small Metro (Forbes). University Strengths Last year, about 12,700 WVU students contributed 182,000 hours of service. WVU earned the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification; only 6 percent of higher education institutions hold this distinction. University buses operate free on a year-round basis as does the Personal Rapid Transit system—a computer-directed system that glides along the guideway between campuses. In West Virginia’s 55 counties, WVU Extension Service faculty and volunteers work with over 536,000 residents, many of whom participate in 4-H, agriculture, home gardening, health, firefighter training and community development. WVU has the world’s largest crime scene training complex. The new High Performance Computing facility launched by WVU in partnership with the National Science Foundation has generated immense interest from the research community as well as some businesses. It allows organizations to effectively share highperformance computing capabilities at manageable per-organization costs. WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships – 25 Rhodes Scholars, 21 Truman Scholars, 33 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, two Morris K. Udall Scholars, five USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members, eight Boren Scholars, five Gilman Scholars and 27 Fulbright Scholars.
Background Information Population (2010) Annual population growth rate Populated area (sq. mi.) Street miles Median age Median household (HH) income Education (4+ years of college) % HH’s with access to broadband % HH’s subscribing to broadband Housing units Single-family homes Multi-family homes Climate Avg. annual temp. Avg. annual high temp. Avg. annual low temp. Cable: Comcast (96%) 63°F 83°F 42°F Avg. snowfall (inches) Avg. rainfall (inches) Avg. hurricane or tornado activity (days) Phone: Frontier (100%) 30-42 41.2 0 60,308 13.1% 681 270 23.1 $52,700 21.1% 99% 85% 19,249 15,000 400 Apartment complexes Average # units / complex 40 100 The population density is 3,024 people per square mile. 10% plains, 90% rolling hills. Morgantown has a city manager / council government.
Incumbent Cable and Phone Companies , Other Broadband Providers (% Coverage) Broadband: Comcast, Verizon, Frontier, FiberNet, CityNet Largest Utilities (% Coverage) Electric: Gas: Allegheny Power (100% Dominion Hope 99% 6,724 4,289 Water: Morgantown Utility Board 95% Sewer: Morgantown Utility Board 95% Education jobs Other service sector jobs 15,403 14,704
Local Economy High tech jobs Manufacturing jobs Major Hospitals West Virginia University Healthcare Monongalia General Hospital Other Major Colleges and Universities West Virginia Junior College, MTEC
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