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Next CBN Update to County Council:
March 18, 2014
White Rock Fire Station
7pm

 UPDATE:

At the March 12, 2013 County Council work study session, the Community Broadband Network (CBN) project was officially concluded. The final engineering report and business plan, to connect every home and business in the County with a Gigabit fiber connection, was presented to County Council.

In summary, County Council did not approve or deny actual financing and construction of the project. County Council did ask for continued staff research in the areas of alternative forms of project financing, phased build out and public/private partnerships before a decision is made to continue any further.

BACKGROUND

CBN has been designed to provide a secure, reliable and dedicated 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) fiber-optic connection to every residence and business in Los Alamos County (ca. 8,610 premises).  Furthermore, CBN is designed to provide County citizens with access to basic local community services such as library, recreation, permit, public safety and utilities resources.  In addition, CBN is designed to provide County citizens with a broadband marketplace to purchase ultra-fast Internet, telephone and high definition video services from the service provider of their choice.

The CBN business model is based on “Open Access” principles where Los Alamos County would serve as the wholesale network operator, not a retail service provider.  Retail service providers would purchase wholesale network services from CBN thereby allowing any qualifying service provider to have equal and fair access to CBN services.

Council Meetings History

3/12/2013
County Council Work Session

7/10/2012
Business Plan Guidance

5/16/2012
Special CIP Meeting

3/27/2012
Wireless Option

1/31/2012
60% Project Completion

8/23/2011
30% Project Completion

4/19/2011
Community Broadband Network project approved by County Council

A related but separate project known as REDI Net, will establish broadband infrastructure for Northern New Mexico. The project recently received ARRA grant funding. While Los Alamos is a key participant in the project, the effort is being led by the Rural Development Corporation. For more information on REDI Net, download the documents in the right sidebar or visit the REDI website.