Broadband Study Final Report and Recommendations
In February of this year, the Board hired Vantage Point Solutions to conduct the Town of Firestone Broadband Assessment and Feasibility Study. During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Board of Trustees were presented with the final Broadband Study Report and Recommendations.
The study intended to obtain resources and data which could aid the Board of Trustees in making informed decisions concerning high-speed internet delivery options and explore a range of alternatives available for promoting advanced broadband services to Firestone citizens, businesses and Town agencies.
Based on the survey and outreach data, the biggest issue facing Firestone is the lack of competition amongst broadband providers, including high cost and low customer service and inconsistent cell service. The Town of Firestone does not have an access problem; everyone who wants to purchase broadband services can do so.
Vantage Point Solutions provided, the following recommendations to the Board of Trustees:
The Town should NOT move forward with a last-mile Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) municipal broadband network.
The Town should move forward with either issuing an RFP to the RFI bidders or directly entering into negotiations to establish a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for a FTTP network.
If the Town does not establish a PPP that results in the Town’s middle-mile network needs being met, then the Town should consider expanding its own middle-mile network as needed.
Finally, in addition, and independent of the network solutions, the Town should consider implementing one or more of the broadband policy solutions noted in this Report.
The Board of Trustees instructed staff to continue conversations seeking a Public-Private Partnership and review the recommendations with the Broadband consultant and be prepared to discuss with the Board at a later date.