Investment in broadband infrastructure is based on the two critical drivers (1) the cost of installation and (2) recurring revenue. The first driven by density and second by user profiles (business being the best because of their high volume). Rural communities often lose on both accounts.
The CID intents to change both problems for the NNK by creating the economics necessary for telecoms to investment. CID tech hub will generate the business that warrant broadband infrastructure on economic terms; an ROI.
The bad news is that the FCC has raised the bar defining broadband as 25MB, which eliminates many solutions for rural communities that could otherwise get jump started with federal monies.
The good news is that wireless technology has become much more economical. And most people, even software builders, do not need 25MB at home.
So the CID has a “hybrid” strategy around economically viable “campus” scenarios that can be extended into communities in phases. This approach is understudy. For high bandwidth applications, our tech hub at RCC (Kilmarnock campus) is tied into MetroCast fiber running up our main street (rt 3) and terminates up by Washington beltway.
The NNK will see broadband, but it will be one step at a time. With our broadband partner, MetroCast we will build a new market consisting of infrastructure that will create an economic incentive for a profitable regional communications network. Then we will have broadband