Planning for Community Technology Projects

Key Concepts

  • Interdependent and independent processes
  • Concurrent activities with different rates
  • Each managed separately
  • Communication between efforts is essential
  • Incremental progress adds up

1. Infrastructure Development

Modest community investments crete a level playing field to 
attract much greater private investment.

2. Content and Services

Rich local content and community-managed services sends
a powerful message that the community is connected.

3. Education and Training

Create savvy consumers, businesses and leaders who know
the value of broadband.

4. Entrepreneurship Development

Help local businesses and startups use broadband to
participate in the Creative Knowledge Economy

5. Organizational Development

Create a futures-oriented vision for technology and an
organization with a rubust, sustainable business plan.


Why invest in broadband?

  • In the Manufacturing Economy, place mattered—proximity to highways and airports was important
  • In the Knowledge Economy, being connected matters—communitite need high speed, affordable broadband
  • Broadband is the new transport system, just as highways were in the old Manufacturing Economy
  • Rural communities with broadband and good quality of life can compete with big cities

About Design Nine, Inc.

Design Nine projects have included the award-winning nDanville municipal open network, The Wired Road open access network, New Hampshire FastRoads, Rockbridge Area Network Authority network, the City of Eagan, Minnesota open access network, and over two hundred other planning efforts for communities in more than twenty-two states, Canada, and the Caribbean. The senior leadership of Design Nine has extensive, hands-on experience designing and managing telecommunications and broadband systems.

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Design Nine at a glance

Design Nine provides visionary broadband network planning, design, and build out services to our clients.

We have over ninety years of combined staff experience with community telecom and Internet fiber and broadband planning, design, maintenance and management -- more than any other company in the United States. We offer a full range of broadband and Internet  planning, design, and project management expertise and start-to-finish infrastructure services.