AGENDA Clearwave Project Highlights Partnerships Benefits Case Study Timeline Progress Q&A Session
Clearwave Communications 1996 – Began business as a paging company 2002 – Received CLEC certification 2003 – Built three co-locations in Harrisburg, Marion and Carbondale 2009 – Expanded to 21 co-locations throughout southern Illinois 2010 – Awarded BTOP/DCEO grant Delta Communications, LLC d/b/a Clearwave Communications is a facilities based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) headquartered in Harrisburg, Il.
Project Highlights Grant is part of the ARRA Stimulus Program Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) One of 123 BTOP Infrastructure awards (out of 1582 applications) –$31.5 million from NTIA –Over $11 million in matching funds from the State –$400,000 from CSI NG911 –Over $2 million from Clearwave $45 Million Project
Project Highlights Covers 23 Counties in Southern Illinois Over 740 miles of Fiber 232 Anchor Institutions Connected –111 Schools (K-12) –60 Healthcare Providers –28 Public Safety Entities –23 Libraries –9 Community Colleges –1 Major University (SIU-C) Services ranging from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps
Partnerships Delta Communications, LLC, dba Clearwave Communications –Illinois Broadband Opportunity Partnership – Southern Illinois Department of Central Management Services –Illinois Broadband Opportunity Partnership – East Central Region UC2B: Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois –Urbana – Champaign Big Broadband DeKalb County Government –DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority Broadband (DATA) Northern Illinois University –Illinois Broadband Opportunity Partnership – Northwest Region Counties of Southern Illinois 911 Association Illinois Broadband Opportunity Partnership Public Safety Partnership
Counties of Southern Illinois 911 CSI – 911 is a consortium of 15 Emergency Telephone System Boards. CSI – 911 will upgrade emergency communications throughout the region and implement Next Generation – 911. A key component of the ARRA is a national emphasis on emergency services access to, and effective use of, broadband. National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has identified the CSI – 911 Association as the pilot program for how to establish and test NG CSI – 911 will provide interoperability amid 911 centers; and the ability to use technologies like text messaging, video streaming and Voice over the Internet
Benefits Building a super highway
Benefits World-class network for the 21 st Century Backhaul capacity throughout the region Affordable bandwidth Interconnectivity with other networks, such as Illinois Century Network (ICN) Voice services (SIP, PRI, Channelized T1) Economic development JOBS! 158 direct 157 indirect
Bristol Virginia Utilities Case Study Rural America Bristol, VA – population 17,000 At the edge of the Appalachian coalmining region Region of double-digit unemployment Fiber To The User (FTTU) network
Bristol Virginia Utilities Case Study Northrop Grumman and CGI decided to locate large data centers in Lebanon, Va –Availability of affordable, redundant broadband connections –Highly competitive costs for land and labor The presence of broadband pipes, competitive bandwidth pricing, and redundancy were critical factors in winning the investment by these companies
Bristol Virginia Utilities Case Study Named one of the top 7 most Intelligent Communities in the world in 2009 by the Intelligent Community Forum Technology centers created 1200 jobs with average annual salary around $50,000, compared to the average regional per-capita income of $20,000 Unemployment rate dropped to 8%, better than surrounding regions, and two points below the US national average Quality of Life - improved education, healthcare, commerce, culture, and entertainment.
Timeline January Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for Round 2 Applications to NTIA March Application submitted May Entered Due Diligence Phase August Award Announcement September Environmental Assessment began March Date of EA completion, receipt of FONSI and commence construction February Targeted project completion date August Deadline for completion
Progress EA completed and FONSI received Network designed Vendors selected Right-of-way agreements signed Construction commenced CAIs contracted Outreach strategy launched
Outreach Strategy An outreach website has been developed to provide the most up-to-date information about this project. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites have also been established.
Contact Information Clearwave Communications Ray Cagle – Chief Operating Officer Mike Phalin – Vice President of Sales and Marketing