Monroe County Telecom Projects
PMEDC was a part of an important Outreach and Aggregation project with the successful launch of the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Wide Area Network (WAN) for K-12 schools in Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties.
As a key partner in that project, PMEDC helped build a state-of-the-art educational network for regional school districts that is transforming the way educational is delivered and schools interact. In the project, 17 regional school districts were able to combine their purchasing power to achieve a 1,400 increase in capacity for a 12 percent increase in price. Moreover, after the project, all the school districts became connected to each other, enabling them to deliver educational content across the tri-county region.
This project did not just benefit the schools. In order to serve the districts, the chosen provider (PenTeleData) had to build new infrastructure across the region.
- Pike County: 2.4 times existing capacity
- Monroe County: 60 times existing capacity
- Carbon County: 60 times existing capacity
- Northampton County: 10 times existing capacity
PenTeleData also was able to accelerate its roll out of 300 wireless “hot spots” throughout the region.
PMEDC is now spearheading a Broadband Outreach and Aggregation Fund grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development to conduct a two-part aggregation project designed specifically to implement recommendations from the 2005 Report: Aggregate commercial demand for high-capacity broadband services. The two-part plan will consist of the following:
- Residential Aggregation (Bona Fide Retail Request/BFRR implementation)
- Commercial Aggregation
The desired end will be satisfied customers who have:
- Saved money by buying in-bulk
- Achieved performance gains
- Received flatter “postal-rate” pricing and
- Created a more interconnected community network
Coordination with Act 183 Programs
PMEDC is making coordination with other Act 183 programs a cornerstone of our approach. In particular, our application is tightly linked with the successful Act 183 application to assist regional school districts with their new educational networks.
Schools were taking the lead in conducting demand aggregation projects, in many cases, leapfrogging the ability of commercial enterprises to do the same. Without community involvement, these networks would be narrowly designed for K-12 educational purposes only. With community involvement, the schools could focus and expand upon their educational mission and other regional partners could make the network even more worthwhile.
For this reason, PMEDC intends to partner directly with Pocono Mountain School District to identify, create and execute at least one significant community-based application to be delivered over the new school WANs.