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Creating the Business Case

An investment in a next generation network requires careful planning and consideration of costs and revenues. We’ve assembled tools and resources to help build the business case for your community, company or partnership.

Identifying Your Assets
Communities can focus on factors affecting the costs of deployment, including ways to become fiber friendly like the following: Rights of Way (ROW), easements, and physical assets, information and geographical information and local regulations concerning construction.

Estimating Demand
Communities can focus on factors affecting the costs of deploymend, including ways to become fiber friendly like the following: Rights of Way (ROW), easements, and physical assets, information and geographical information and local regulations concerning construction.

Building the Financial Model
Without additional expenditures or the provision of subsidies by the community, communities can revise existing policies and procedures to more effectively use existing assets to lower costs and increase potential revenues. This includes the involvement of community anchor institutions as well, particularly universities that already have extensive network assets but also control other potential assets.

Funding
The Federal government offers technical assistance and a myriad of funding supports for entities seeking to deploy FTTH. The requirements for each program are very specific and some programs depend upon the agency’s focus over a particular planning period. Good places to start are the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration which provides both grants and assistance with scoping out proposals and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Assistance - which provides the same plus loans for rural communities. Brief descriptions of each agency and their various programs follow below with links to more specific information.