How much is a broadband network? The Feds have some help with that

BroadbandUSA recently released a tool that outlines costs of fiber and wireless networks. Here’s a description of the tool (including the graphic)…

The graphic below depicts four of the most common types of network deployments: Buried Fiber Deployment, Coaxial Cable Deployment, Aerial Fiber Deployment, and Microwave Deployment. Costs associated with these four types of networks are outlined in the tables below and are color-coded to match the graphic. Please note that network costs can have significant variance, even greater than the cost ranges shown. The costs included in this tool are not comprehensive and each network’s expenses will vary based on a number of factors, including community needs, geography and network deployment type.

There’s a lot of room for greater variance even shown above but at least it’s someplace to start and it’s helpful, if you’re not a network builder, to even see the components of what’s involved. Although what’s not involved is ongoing costs.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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