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Federally Funded Broadband Projects in Arizona



   Navajo Tribal Utility Authority -
   Quality Broadband for the Navajo People

Total Project Budget: $45,985,810    Grant Awarded: $32,190,067

DESCRIPTION: The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Commnet Wireless propose a middle-mile fiber optic backbone with a microwave backup and interconnection to a POP in Albuquerque, NM, in conjunction with a wireless last-mile component which will ensure the benefits are promptly delivered to a population in dire need of these services in underserved portions of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Utah & New Mexico.

Navajo National Middle Mile/Last Mile Project proposes to bring high-speed affordable broadband services to the Navajo Nation by deploying 550 miles of new aerial fiber-optic cable and 59 new or modified microwave towers covering 15,000 square miles in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The proposed service area has rugged terrain, significant poverty, and more than 60 percent of residents lack basic telephone service.

The project expects to directly connect 49 Chapter Houses, which serve as community centers for the Navajo population, at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Last mile wireless services will be offered at speeds between 1 and 3 Mbps through the project’s wireless partner, Commnet Wireless.


   Mission Economic Development Agency -
   Latino Microenterprise Tech Net

Total Project Budget: $6,724,128   Grant Awarded: $3,724,128

DESCRIPTION: The Mission Economic Development Agency, in collaboration with the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders and a national network of Latino-serving economic development organizations, plans to create 12 new public computer centers and expand five existing ones in 13 communities throughout the United States. Each center expects to operate on the project’s centrally managed network and provide computer training and adult education to a low broadband adoption, high unemployment target population through a standardized English-Spanish training curriculum.

The project expects to add a total of 263 new workstations and replace 37 existing workstations, enabling the centers to serve an additional 2,500 users per week and train an estimated 3,000 users per year. Broadband capabilities at each center will be increased to speeds of 1.5 Mbps. Public computer centers funded through this grant will be located in Phoenix, AZ; Canoga Park, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, CA; Del Norte, CO; Blackfoot, ID; Wheaton, MD; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO; Anthony, NM; Philadelphia, PA; and San Antonio and Laredo, TX.


  Communication Service For the Deaf, Inc. - Project Endeavor

Total Project Budget: $2,660,065  Grant Awarded: $14,988,657

DESCRIPTION: Project Endeavor goals: promote broadband adoption and educate 200,000 deaf/hard hearing consumers about benefits of having broadband through an awareness and outreach campaign; sign up 16,000 broadband users, offer discounted mini-notebooks and broadband connections to income-eligible consumers; employ 60 tiered support staff in specialized CSD contact center.

Broadband’s ability to expand educational and employment opportunities is especially meaningful for Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, a community that faces unique challenges in education and that suffers from a rate of unemployment much higher than the national average. Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) intends to expand broadband adoption among people who are deaf and hard of hearing and provide them with online tools to more fully participate in the digital economy.

The project proposes to employ a combination of discounted broadband service and specialized computers, technology training from an online state-of-the art support center customized to the community’s needs, public access to videophones at anchor institutions from coast to coast, and a nationwide outreach initiative. Thousands will gain online access to all the Internet has to offer, including sign language interpreters, captioned video services, and other content and functionalities designed especially to advance their educational, employment, and healthcare interests.


  Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records
  Arizona Public Computer Centers

Total Project Budget: $1,598,160  Grant Awarded: $1,278,528

DESCRIPTION: Arizona Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high speed DSL broadband service to remote, unserved households within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network is also engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs.

The Arizona Public Computer Centers project plans to enhance existing facilities in more than 80 public libraries throughout Arizona. The project expects to deploy more than 1,000 computers across the state to meet the growing demand for public computers and broadband access. The project intends for users to access valuable e-resources and enable libraries to provide training in 21st century skills. The Arizona State Library plans to partner with a variety of government, not-for-profit, and tribal organizations. The Arizona State Library expects 84 public computer centers to serve more than 75,000 users per week or more than 450,000 residents throughout the term of the grant.


  GOVNET LLC. - SACCNet - Arizona Critical Middle Mile

Total Project Budget: $51,939,135 Grant Awarded: $39,274,877

DESCRIPTION: The State of Arizona-Counties Communication Network (SACCNet) is a 5-ring microwave and fiber system establishing critical Middle Mile infrastructure across the State. Envisioned for eight (8) years, this project has unprecedented collaboration of public & private entities to provide broadband service of 100-300Mbps to promote public safety, education, health, government and consumer access.

Given the expansive, often difficult rural terrain across the state of Arizona, community-serving organizations like libraries and public schools often have difficulty accessing high-speed broadband services essential for education, commerce, and economic development. Leading a public-private partnership that brings together the the strategic planning support of the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency (GITA) with the State Library, the Department of Administration, and Internet service provider Telink, GovNET proposes a statewide microwave broadband network to support community anchor institutions and last-mile broadband service providers.

The network will offer speeds of between 100-300 Mbpsto key anchor institutions such as Gila Community College, Copper Queen Community Hospital, Gila Bend and Mayer High Schools and Woodruff Community Library, a significant upgrade from the T1 service many key institutions currently have. Network interconnection is also being planned and facilitated by ASET and other state leaders with BTOP Round One infrastructure awardee The Navajo Nation and other tribal networks. The resulting statewide broadband network should significantly improve public safety, healthcare delivery, and other critical government services for the people of Arizona.


   University Corporation for Advanced
   Internet Development

Total Project Budget: $96,793,607  Grant Awarded: $62,540,162

DESCRIPTION: Internet2 and NLR, both non-profit organizations, propose the creation of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN). This national-scale network will construct the middle mile essential to connect all community anchor projects funded by BTOP with each other, and with more than 66,000 other anchors, to ensure a seamless national fabric of high-performance, open networks.

As part of a longstanding project to connect essential community anchor institutions across the country, and facilitate closer collaboration and long-term benefits for education, research, healthcare, public safety, and government services, the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) proposes a comprehensive 50-state network benefitting approximately 121,000 community anchors.

The project proposes a large-scale, public-private partnership to interconnect more than 30 existing research and education networks, creating a dedicated 100-200 Gbps nationwide fiber backbone with 3.2 terabits per second (TBps) total capacity that would enable advanced networking features such as IPv6 and video multicasting. The project plans to connect community anchors across all disciplines into virtual communities with shared goals and objectives, including colleges, universities, libraries, major veterans and other health care facilities, and public safety entities, with additional benefits to tribes, vulnerable populations, and government entities.


   Office of the Govenor, Arizona Office of Economic Recovery

Total Project Budget: $2,352,766  Amount Awarded: $1,646,936

DESCRIPTION: This project addresses the escalating needs of vulnerable Arizona residents facing job loss, career changes and other economic challenges. Two hundred Virtual Workforce Workstations at public libraries will provide job seekers with job search and placement assistance. Face to face training and access to resources will be provided through twenty eight Arizona Job Help Hubs, at least one in each county.

Public computer centers at Arizona libraries are overwhelmed with patrons seeking Internet access to apply for jobs and to obtain job-related skills training. To address this demand, the Arizona Office of Economic Recovery, along with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, proposed the Arizona Job Help Hubs project to: (1) establish staffed Job Help Hubs at 28 public and tribal libraries and (2) install Virtual Workforce Workstations at 198 public and tribal libraries and two community centers throughout the state.

Each of the 28 new Job Help Hubs will receive ten new laptops with specialized software and offer 40 hours of training per month. Each of the 200 Virtual Workforce Workstations will include a dedicated desktop computer with its own printer/fax/scanner and access to Arizona Workforce job-assistance resources.


   State of Arizona

Amount Awarded: $6,358,179

DESCRIPTION: This project will strengthen the ASET/DOA (formerly GITA) state broadband mapping and planning activities that began under the initial SBDD award, allowing the state to fully integrate broadband planning into state activities for the full 5 years of the project.
With about 65% of the award funding broadband mapping and related data gathering, State-wide broadband planning efforts will have a sure foundation of demographics, and broadband related data to call upon.

Staff will support the new broadband advisory council, complete a statewide strategic plan, and engage in research and policy planning for key issues such as rights-of- way (ROW), permitting, and state universal service fund opportunities.

In partnership with the Arizona Telecommunications Information Institute (ATIC) and numerous community colleges that provide small business development assistance, ASET/DOA will convene regional events that disseminate broadband availability and policy information to small businesses and local governments.

ASET/DOA’s support to local governments will focus on ROW, permitting, and intra-government broadband coordination efforts. The project’s support for small businesses will be provided by incorporating broadband-related technical assistance for communities, or assisting with broadband based small business development programs through the intern programs managed by selected rural community colleges throughout the state.

This project was originally funded for broadband planning activities and 2 years of data collection. In September of 2010, this project was amended to extend data collection activities for an additional 3 years and to identify and implement best practices.


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