Thursday, December 17, 2009

Consultancy Civitium Helps North Georgia Network Cooperative Land $33 Million Broadband Stimulus Award

Fiber Optic Project Becomes Flagship for First Awards in the $7.2B Broadband Stimulus Program 12/17/09 San Francisco - One of the keys to success behind the featured award to be announced this morning by Vice President Joseph Biden of a $33 million federal grant award to the North Georgia Network Cooperative (NGN) today is a Georgia based consulting firm skilled in broadband public - private partnerships.

Under the direction of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County, Ga., Civitium, LLC of Alpharetta, GA led the development of the project from inception through feasibility, network design, organizational structure, financial planning and grant preparation.

Civitium, a specialized consulting firm focused on the planning and management of next‐generation broadband networks, worked with leaders throughout north Georgia since early 2008 to develop and mature the project. The firm also supported NGN during an intense due diligence phase with the NTIA.

“This project has the potential to transform north Georgia’s economic development potential,” said Greg Richardson, founder and managing partner for Civitium, stated in a company press release of today. “We are honored to have played a part in helping NGN reach this important milestone.”

Civitium’s skill in the public, private and nonprofit broadband sectors helped produce a collaborative model that leverages the strengths of numerous stakeholders. The network relies on the resources of local electric utilities for customer service and network operations and incorporates an advisory board of economic development and public benefit organizations. The project is highly efficient, making use of existing fiber where available.

Bruce Abraham, executive director of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County, the lead public agency for the project, stated, “We couldn’t have reached this point without the advice and assistance of the Civitium team. Their passion, commitment, expertise and problem‐solving ability is unparalleled in my 20 plus years of experience.”

The NGN network will traverse twelve counties in north Georgia, providing a backbone that directly connects to the southeast’s largest Internet exchange in Atlanta. The network will serve dozens of anchor institutions along this backbone, including public schools, local governments, technical colleges, large businesses, healthcare providers
and other organizations with high‐bandwidth needs.

In addition, it will offer advanced fiber‐to‐the‐home services in key underserved areas. Finally, the network will adhere to so‐called open access principles, insuring that any cable, DSL, or wireless operator will be able to interconnect and extend their own services throughout the region.

About Civitium
Civitium provides in‐depth consulting for planning, deploying, and managing next generation fiber optic and wireless broadband networks. Civitium’s clients – which include local exchange carriers, cellular operators, government agencies, public safety agencies, electric utilities, cooperatives, and not for profits.
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