Conducting a Successful Broadband Feasibility Study #MNBroadband Conference

The goal of every feasibility study is to design and build broadband projects that meet community needs. The feasibility study design is critical to obtaining the desired outcomes that communities are seeking. A feasibility study should serve as a decision-making funnel so that that local leaders can make informed choices about technologies, provider partners and funding. Learn how other communities have moved from consultant selection to study design to project implementation.

Notes: Conducting A successful broadband study: Chris Konechne and Mark Mrla

-How to Conduct feasible study and what do you want from the study:

  • Market needs: The communities might already have fiber.
  • Audit/mapping existing networks: Seeing where within the community the fiber is.
  • Community Engagement: Allowing the community to participate and get involved in the process.
  • Cost: How much creating new networks will cost and how it will impact the clients.

RFP (Request for Proposal)

-Research is very important for clients to do before meeting with a consultant. To find out exactly what they will need within the community.

Once ready to create the RFP, it is good to assemble a team that is heavily trained in consulting clients. The team should be well versed with Broadband, fiber and networking.

Overall the primary goal is to get Fiber to the homes and then create a strong network for the communities.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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