Our Assessment Process Delivers the Broadband Roadmap Your Community Needs
Our consultancy creates financially viable roadmaps for Open Application network deployments using cutting edge technology and proven workflows
Our infrastructure group leverages these business cases to invest in the construction and operation of Open Application networks
Our Open Application approach allows for diverse revenue streams unavailable to a traditional single provider owner/operators
Lighting up your community starts with an on site strategy session with the community and all project stakeholders. We view the stakeholder group as encompassing not just the elected officials and staff of the municipalities and counties that we work with, but also the residents, business leaders, educators, first responders, and anybody else who lives in the community and depends on connectivity. In the Strategy Session we discuss best practices in designing, engineering, permitting, constructing, and maintaining an open application fiber to the everything network, as well as possible policy creation or enhancements to ensure a smooth deployment process.
Our preliminary designs are created through a state of the art process that starts with the collection of highly accurate LiDAR data. Using this data, as well as data provided to us and collected by other means, we create a GIS base map and geodatabase. Our algorithmically driven design tool, created by our partners at Vetro FiberMap and CostQuest, uses this data as inputs, and utilizes quantitative analysis and machine learning to rapidly generate iterative network designs that are optimized for cost effective deployment. This approach reduces planning and design time by 90%, and reduces material and labor costs by close to 10%.
We utilize data collected by LiDAR for maximum accuracy and efficiency. In the “old days” this information was collected by hand with pencil and paper, which is a time consuming and error prone process. Using LiDAR eliminates these potential inaccuracies, and allows our engineers to perform make ready assessments and the determination of our network path with extreme rapidity and precision from the comfort of their offices.
MREA & CRO
To ensure that the network as designed in our preliminary process is in fact buildable, we confirm with a boots on the ground review by aerial and underground construction professionals. Information collected by this construction ride out (CRO), is then used to refine the design for constructability, and confirm the accuracy of our initial make ready engineering analysis (MREA).
While the technical and design decisions of our Community Assessment are data driven for cost optimization and ease of deployment, it is community and political engagement that are the real drivers of success. The people who make up the communities where we work are more than just potential customers for our networks, they are stakeholders in their own right. Aggregating demand by learning where the people live and work, and studying their needs and desires when it comes to network connectivity via surveys and other avenues are crucial aspects of our take rate determinations.
The combination of cutting edge technology, battle tested expertise, and visionary rethinking of how and what broadband networks are, result in the ultimate deliverable from the Community Assessment Process: investment grade financial modeling and a roadmap to a successful network deployment.
Each network is different, and so is the capital stack with which they are financed. Lit Communities’ innovative Open Application business model, and our way of looking at network investment as critical community infrastructure, allows for creative solutions to fund network deployments. From incorporating opportunity zone funds, to partnering with local banks with Community Reinvestment Act obligations and researching any applicable State or Federal grants, our team leaves no stone unturned in the creation of each project’s capital stack.