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Broadband Via Cooperatives - Electric and Telecom Partnerships

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Rural Cooperatives have proven to be the ones to trust for rural broadband deployments.

Coverage maps for broadband and electric service prove that rural cooperatives have made investments to ensure the rural parts of Minnesota have what they need to compete. Unfortunately, there are many areas that need better broadband.

Electric and Broadband Coops have an opportunity to improve these areas leveraging the resources and knowledge they each have.

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Broadband Via Cooperatives - Electric and Telecom Partnerships

  1. 1. COOPS: Related Related Areas
  2. 2. PURPOSE: Help You Bring More Broadband to More Rural Places
  3. 3. COOPERATIV E SPIRIT
  4. 4. DO MORE. TOGETHER.
  5. 5. COOPERATIVE SERVING AREAS
  6. 6. COOPS. MEET. GRANTS.
  7. 7. 2017 2016 2015 2014 Cooperatives Win Grants.
  8. 8. COOPS SERVE SIMILAR AREAS Beyond the ILEC boundaries
  9. 9. Electric coop households have many unserved in their areas. UNDERSERVED HOUSEHOLDS (25- 100Mb) UNSERVED HOUSEHOLDS (<25Mb) 493,287 326,320
  10. 10. 11 14 8 7 28 28 8 9 - 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 2017 2016 2015 2014 COUNT OF MEMBER GRANT AWARDS COMPARED TO TOTAL AWARDS Count of CNS member awards Count of Non member awards
  11. 11. 2017 2016 2015 2014 Non-Member grant $18,107,890.00 $19,625,174.00 $2,369,677.00 $9,855,942.00 CNS Member Grant $8,367,666.00 $14,523,584.00 $8,957,129.00 $8,922,854.00 $8,367,666.00 $14,523,584.00 $8,957,129.00 $8,922,854.00 $18,107,890.00 $19,625,174.00 $2,369,677.00 $9,855,942.00 DEED GRANT IMPACT - CNS MEMBER VS. NON- MEMBER CNS Member Grant Non-Member grant
  12. 12. $- $1,000.00 $2,000.00 $3,000.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00 $6,000.00 $7,000.00 $8,000.00 $9,000.00 2017 2016 2015 2014 COST PER PASSING (GRANT PROJECTS) Cost per CNS Member Passing Cost per Passing (all grant program passings) “All grant passings” has been reducing due to Price-cap, cable, and wireless provider winners
  13. 13. CAF AUCTION INFO
  14. 14. I hope that the CAF II auction will attract a wide variety of providers. We need and want everyone to participate: rural telcos, electric co- operatives, cable operators, price-cap carriers, satellite companies, and fixed wireless providers. Of course, the most cost-effective technology for a particular area will vary. So regardless of how you deliver connectivity, please take a hard look at the CAF II auction. “ “ FCC Chairman, Pai
  15. 15. CAF II AUCTION LOCATIONS IN ELEC. COOP AREAS TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS IN ELEC. SERVINGAREAS AUCTION BLOCK GROUPSWITHIN ELEC. SERVING AREAS 1,072 27,076 TOTALAUCTION RESERVE SUPPORT DOLLARS $3,065,826
  16. 16. FINANCING
  17. 17. HOW BROADBAND NETWORKS WERE FUNDED • USAC High Cost Support (ETCs) • USDA RUS loans • Operational cash flows • CoBank • A-CAM (RoR carriers) • CAF II (Price cap carriers) • State BB grants • ARRA grants • Rural Broadband Experiments
  18. 18. “AS WE EXTEND FARTHER, AT LEAST A 50% FUNDING MATCHS IS REQUIRED” • CAF IIAuction • State BB grants • New Federal Infrastructure investment • RUS • Cooperative lenders • Federal grants/loans • Local banks • New MarketTax Credits (low income communities) • Local governments (general fund and/or bonding) • Local NGO (Federal grants) • USDA REDLG, Facilities loan • Local gov. or non-profit can borrow for other projects which frees up dollars for broadband? • Local large businesses • Residents donating to non-profit for tax deduction • Follow the money for those who benefit the most
  19. 19. PARTNERSHIPS AND MODELS
  20. 20. FOCUS ONTHE COMMUNITY • Long-term focus • ROI will be a challenge • Economies of scale do exist • No cookie-cutter approach for: • Technologies • Funding • Partnerships • Comfort zones will be stressed
  21. 21. IT’S GOINGTOTAKE ATEAM Telco Elec. County NGO State Federal Township
  22. 22. OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS • Ownership • Who owns: • Network assets • Customers • Backhaul • Day-to-day operations • Maintenance • Outsourcing until XXXX customers
  23. 23. NETWORK DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS • Plant construction considerations • Aerial attached, OPGW, underground, wireless • New construction vs Planned network upgrades • Backhaul • Network technology • Phases, Future planning • Upgrades/expansion after initial projects • Telecom and Electric engineering experience as well operational experience
  24. 24. Free/low cost pole attachments Builds and owns physical network, leases to telco Builds and owns physical network, owns customer Builds and owns physical network, owns customer, manages all technical aspects Own and manage network and customer experience Manage customer experience Provides tech support and wholesale services Provides wholesale Services only WHO DOESWHAT? ELECTRIC COOP TELCO COOP
  25. 25. UNIQUEVALUE(S) • Customer base • Community involvement • Financial resources • Man power • Network facilities • Smart grid, substations needs • Network upgrade plans may allow adding fiber with less cost ELECTRIC COOP TELCO COOP • Scalable equipment • Scalable software • Billing, Management, Troubleshooting • Experienced man power • CSR,Tech, Network, • Marketing, Regulatory • Backhaul • Expertise • Technology • Familiar with competition
  26. 26. • Increasing competition decrease feasibility • A-CAM, CAF II, and CAF Auction funding • BB grants • Risk tolerance thresholds can vary • CAF Auction funding – the clock is ticking • Partnerships likely needed for success CHALLENGES
  27. 27. CAF AUCTIONAREA RESEARCH Interactive map for planning: www.Cooperative-Networks.com/CAF-Map
  28. 28. CONTACT Jason Dale, CEO – Jason.dale@cooperative- networks.com Paul Solsrud, Product Manager – Paul.Solsrud@cooperative- networks.com Al Haman, CEO – Alhaman@star-energy.com Jim Pederson, Sales Representative – Jpederson@star-energy.com
  29. 29. CAF AUCTION DETAILS
  30. 30. CAF II ReverseAuction Overview • Auction to commence July 24th • $2B over 10 years (30k CBGs, 214K CB) • Equates to $934 per Census Block • ~14k Locations in MN • 10 years of support • 40% by end of year 3, 20% each year after, 100% by end of year 6 • Funding is for “Fixed Broadband” • Technology neutral (DSL, Fiber, FixedWireless, Satellite, Cable) & Price Cap carriers • Bidding at Census Block Group level, not blocks • Reserve prices established by the Connect America Model • No blocks will be awarded funding greater than the model says is required • It’s not clear which speeds this support is for • No benefit for bidding on multiple CBG
  31. 31. CAF II ReverseAuction Overview • Voice and Broadband must be offered • Engineered accommodate at least 70% take rates • Joint Bidding Arrangements– FCC concerned about collusion (NDA, separation of duties, etc.) • Joint Bidding Arrangement limitation • Partners for joint bidding cannot bid alone for any blocks – they must partner for every block group they want to bid on – regardless of area • Cannot changeTier and Latency after first bid is made • Service prices that are reasonably comparable to urban areas • Data from 2016 477 – some areas have been upgraded since then
  32. 32. BID SCORING
  33. 33. CAF II ReverseAuction Process • Bidding process • Short-form applications Due March 30th • Get approval to participate • Criteria: • 2 years providing voice, BB, Electric services • One year financials OR 3 years financials, and bank letter of credit • ETC status not required to bid • Long-form (after winning) • Prove financial qualifications, funding, ETC status • Complete within 180 days after winning • Build outs begin after complete • Auction training and practice available before start
  34. 34. Resources • https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2018/db010 9/DOC-348634A1.pdf • https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-1219A1.pdf

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