Rural communities have always lagged behind when it comes to receiving technology that requires substantial infrastructure investment. This is because companies cannot justify making large capital expenditures in scarcely populated areas when the ROI is very far in the future, if at all. Usually it requires a joint venture with local, state and federal funding as well as tax breaks to make it worthwhile. One company that has found new solutions to bring fiber technology to rural areas by using existing infrastructure or dark fiber is Tower Cloud.
The company operates networks throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina with equal attention to speed and scalability in major metro and rural areas serving carriers and enterprises with high-capacity demands. An article written, by Margie Manning, on bizjournals.com looks at the investment the company made to upgrade its network and bring Ethernet backhaul services to support 4G LTE to critical areas of rural Southeastern U.S.
The upgrade is designed to strengthen communities by increasing network speed potential tenfold across markets in the regions it serves. The company is also enabling IP services by installing 1G routers so local ISPs can leverage the technology to connect underserved communities in markets such as Valdosta, Hawkinsville and Kingsland, Georgia, which have never been served with such capacity.
In addition to supplying the technology Tower Cloud also engages the communities it serves by making sure it is being used successfully. It does this by leveraging existing fiber assets and building new routes designed to bring employment and revenue opportunities with high-capacity services. Some of the ways it has helped communities in Georgia are with:
Community Revenue Generation – by leasing dark fiber from South Georgia Governmental Services Authority (SGGSA) and lowering the overall costs structure for the municipalities and using their overbuilt fiber networks as a revenue source.
Revenue Generation & Expanded Carrier Access (News - Alert) – building the connection to communities that need fiber technology by hiring CNS to build the fiber and adding additional revenue for the municipalities.
Expanded Carrier Access – by connecting the SGGSA network together major wireless carriers circuits now run through CNS’s head end, allowing the community to a connection to their largest neighboring community of Valdosta, Georgia.
"By successfully creating a unique partnership strategy that ties together existing community infrastructure, leased assets and new construction, Tower Cloud is able to rapidly deploy rural cells sites for all major carriers in its market at a competitive price point. Carriers are now able to bring high capacity services to otherwise unconnected communities, resulting in an ongoing positive economic impact on hundreds of rural communities, thousands of businesses, and five of our nation’s most important military bases," said Tower Cloud president and CEO, Ronald Mudry.
Edited by Maurice Nagle