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12/4/2015 2:26:13 PM
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Connect America Fund, improving broadband in Grand County

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Abel Chavez and Tim Kunkleman of Century Link met with the Grand County Commissioners October 27,2015 regarding the FCC, Connect America Fund (CAF)

You can hear the meeting at:  http://grandcounty-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=135 

CAF II is a funding mechanism, through the FCC to improve Broadband in rural communities

There is $26.5 M (per year) allocated for Colorado

53,000 eligible locations approved by FCC

See link for census areas approved  http://dola-online.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=706dc3549c5f487195ab21325e96b4ae 

CAF II is a six year project, and must  be 40% built by end of 2017

The FCC has identified 1635 eligible census  blocks in Grand County

(Per Nate Walowitz , 1635 eligible census  blocks would be worth about $830,000 per year for 5 years  ($4,150,000 potential))

It is estimated that the current funding only covers 65% of estimated need

35% of known underserved won’t be funded

Hopefully future FCC programs will continue to be focused on this goal    i.e. CAF III

Transparency requirement, Century Link must report back to the FCC  how money was invested. 

The FCC minimum “served” threshold for this project is 10 Mb up x 1 Mb down

Able Chavez says he expects that Century Link will be building towards 100Mb / sec speeds by upgrading electronics in many places

Century Link wants every customer eligible.

Century Link would like to work with us to collectively maximize investment.

Get as much service to as many places for an affordable cost.

Century Link is willing to work with all the counties in the Northwest COG to identify need

Able Chavez wants the communities to vet sites and get that information to him.

Based on feedback from citizens,  the most oversubscribed  Century Link infrastructure(DSL) is in the Fraser Valley and Kremmling

The majority of the feedback to commissioners regarding poor Internet  is from Big Horn Park, Old Park, Winter Park Highlands, Sunset Ridge, Pole Creek, parts of Meadow Ridge etc. 

What are the priorities for broadband need in your location?

            Upgrade oversubscribed DSL networks

What will the market place support, what is sustainable?

What can we do to collaboratively expand service and extend Century Links current network

How can we (Grand County) help?

Are there road projects going in?

New cell sites, towers? (fiber fed)          

Can we work with people with assets? i.e. CDOT, Mountain Parks Electric

These types of projects can help to get needed fiber in the ground.

Collaboratively expand program networks to bring down costs

According to the FCC, 85 percent of the country unserved by broadband is in the territories served by FCC defined Tier 1 and Tier 2 Carriers or “price cap” carriers.  These carriers have committed to build out broadband to nearly 7.3 million rural consumers in 45 states and one U.S. territory over the next 6 years. 

Two other programs funded by the FCC through the Universal Service fund (USF), First-net for public safety and Connect ED, these programs both have potential to improve broadband in Grand County

Universal service is the principle that all Americans should have access to communications services. Universal service is also the name of a fund and the category of FCC programs and policies to implement this principle.  Universal service is a cornerstone of the law that established the FCC, the Communications Act of 1934. Since that time, universal service policies have helped make telephone service ubiquitous, even in remote rural areas. Today, the FCC recognizes high-speed Internet as the 21st Century’s essential communications technology, and is working to make broadband as ubiquitous as voice, while continuing to support voice service.

If you are interested  in hearing more information on CAF II please attend our Board meeting December 15th at  2:30 PM or listen in from your computer at:

http://co.grand.co.us/725/5015/Listen-to-Public-Meetings

 

Martin J. Woros


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Abel Chavez and Tim Kunkleman of Century Link met with the Grand County Commissioners October 27,2015 regarding the FCC, Connect America Fund (CAF)

You can hear the meeting at: http://grandcounty-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=135 [http://grandcounty-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=135]

CAF II is a funding mechanism, through the FCC to improve Broadband in rural communities

There is $26.5 M (per year) allocated for Colorado

53,000 eligible locations approved by FCC

See link for census areas approved http://dola-online.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=706dc3549c5f487195ab21325e96b4ae [http://dola-online.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=706dc3549c5f487195ab21325e96b4ae]

CAF II is a six year project, and must be 40% built by end of 2017

The FCC has identified 1635 eligible census blocks in Grand County

(Per Nate Walowitz , 1635 eligible census blocks would be worth about $830,000 per year for 5 years ($4,150,000 potential))

It is estimated that the current funding only covers 65% of estimated need

35% of known underserved won’t be funded

Hopefully future FCC programs will continue to be focused on this goal i.e. CAF III

Transparency requirement, Century Link must report back to the FCC how money was invested.

The FCC minimum “served” threshold for this project is 10 Mb up x 1 Mb down

Able Chavez says he expects that Century Link will be building towards 100Mb / sec speeds by upgrading electronics in many places

Century Link wants every customer eligible.

Century Link would like to work with us to collectively maximize investment.

Get as much service to as many places for an affordable cost.

Century Link is willing to work with all the counties in the Northwest COG to identify need

Able Chavez wants the communities to vet sites and get that information to him.

Based on feedback from citizens, the most oversubscribed Century Link infrastructure(DSL) is in the Fraser Valley and Kremmling

The majority of the feedback to commissioners regarding poor Internet is from Big Horn Park, Old Park, Winter Park Highlands, Sunset Ridge, Pole Creek, parts of Meadow Ridge etc.

What are the priorities for broadband need in your location?

Upgrade oversubscribed DSL networks

What will the market place support, what is sustainable?

What can we do to collaboratively expand service and extend Century Links current network


How can we (Grand County) help?

Are there road projects going in?

New cell sites, towers? (fiber fed)

Can we work with people with assets? i.e. CDOT, Mountain Parks Electric

These types of projects can help to get needed fiber in the ground.

Collaboratively expand program networks to bring down costs


According to the FCC, 85 percent of the country unserved by broadband is in the territories served by FCC defined Tier 1 and Tier 2 Carriers or “price cap” carriers. These carriers have committed to build out broadband to nearly 7.3 million rural consumers in 45 states and one U.S. territory over the next 6 years.

Two other programs funded by the FCC through the Universal Service fund (USF), First-net for public safety and Connect ED, these programs both have potential to improve broadband in Grand County
Universal service is the principle that all Americans should have access to communications services. Universal service is also the name of a fund and the category of FCC programs and policies to implement this principle. Universal service is a cornerstone of the law that established the FCC, the Communications Act of 1934. Since that time, universal service policies have helped make telephone service ubiquitous, even in remote rural areas. Today, the FCC recognizes high-speed Internet as the 21st Century’s essential communications technology, and is working to make broadband as ubiquitous as voice, while continuing to support voice service.

If you are interested in hearing more information on CAF II please attend our Board meeting December 15th at 2:30 PM or listen in from your computer at:


http://co.grand.co.us/725/5015/Listen-to-Public-Meetings [http://co.grand.co.us/725/5015/Listen-to-Public-Meetings]

Martin J. Woros

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