[Davisgig] Fwd: Every City Needs a Broadband Strategy

Robert Nickerson rob at omsoft.com
Thu Nov 15 17:21:23 PST 2018


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Subject: 	Every City Needs a Broadband Strategy
Date: 	Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:04:24 +0000
From: 	DEVIN COX <dcox at entrypointnetworks.com>
Reply-To: 	DEVIN COX <dcox at entrypointnetworks.com>
To: 	rob at omsoft.com <rob at omsoft.com>


*Every City Needs a Broadband Strategy*

The range of broadband issues relevant to municipal leaders continues to 
grow.  Pressing issues at the national and local level include the role 
of communications on economic development, the lack of competitive 
options for internet access, the high cost of services, requests by 
wireless companies to site 5G cell towers around the city, the impact of 
the digital divide on underprivileged citizens, privacy issues and net 

Until now, municipalities have mostly been watching from the sidelines 
while private companies have taken control of wireless and wired 
communications systems.  With that control, these companies have decided 
where they will build, what they will build, what the price will be, 
what services will operate on the network, and the kind of innovation 
that will happen on these systems.  However, the network is now so 
fundamental to modern life and economic development that municipalities 
can no longer afford to merely watch from the sidelines. Municipal 
leaders must develop robust strategies around broadband issues with an 
eye toward the long-term viability of their communities.

As cities wrestle with their role in these issues, city leaders should 
first develop sound strategies before thinking about feasibility or 
implementing a particular solutions.  Strategies need to solve the 
fundamental problem with current communication systems which is, 
*incumbent network operators want to serve subscribers just enough to 
make the maximum profit.  Cities, counties and subscribers seek systems 
that profit just enough to provide the maximum service.*

*_5 Key Strategic Recommendations we make to our clients include the 

1.  Digital roads will be as important in the next 50 years as physical 
roads have been in the past 50 years.  Digital roads should be organized 
like physical roads.  Municipalities should own and control digital 
roads and the Private Sector should provide services running over those 

2.   Systems which separate infrastructure and services and force 
services to the cloud will lead to real competition, lower prices and 
accelerated innovation.

3.   By owning and controlling essential broadband infrastructure, 
cities can create networks that are flexible, evolvable, sustainable and 

4.   There is enough money being spent every year by consumers to fund 
robust fiber optic networks throughout any city.  The problem is not 
where to find the money but rather what financial structure is 
appropriate to finance strategic projects. Cities are positioned to 
simultaneously lower costs and drive up value for consumers.

5.   In the absence of municipal intervention, current broadband 
providers will trend toward monopolies with higher prices and lower 
value.  As recently happened with FCC regulations for 5G cell placement, 
cities will increasingly lose control and influence over this essential 
infrastructure if they don’t approach broadband communications 

In subsequent posts we will do a deeper dive on –

1) How to finance broadband networks with no municipal debt,

2)  The significance of advances in networking technology,

3)  Examples of cities that are winning the strategic game, and

4)  Why the future requires us to rethink broadband systems.

If you are interested in creating a broadband strategy for your city, 
please contact us.



Devin H. Cox
phone:  801-518-7333

EntryPoint Networks
1949 West Printers Row
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119

www.entpnt.com <http://entpnt.com>

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