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Federal Engineering Selected to Develop Fiber Optic Network Strategic Plan
September 6, 2017

The City of Portsmouth, Virginia has announced the selection of Federal Engineering, Inc. (FE), a leading, nationwide communications systems planning and design firm, to develop a strategic plan for a City fiber optic network.

According to Federal Engineering’s President and CEO Ronald F. Bosco, “Portsmouth would like to determine the feasibility and cost of connecting 20 City buildings with high speed fiber optic cable for voice, data, and video traffic.”

Working in conjunction with its subcontractor Magellan Advisors, LLC of Denver, Colorado, FE will perform, the following tasks in the development of the strategic plan:
• Conduct interviews to assess the long-term needs of the City itself for an expanded fiber infrastructure to
support transportation, communications, technology, wireless, disaster recovery, emergency
communications, smart signs, and smart City applications.
• Hold interviews with each community anchor to gain an understanding of their current and future
broadband and technology needs.
• Complete a broadband market analysis utilizing online surveys to understand perceptions around
broadband services, inventory current services, test speeds across the community, and identify issues.
• Perform a market analysis to determine the services that are available, providers, service levels, pricing,
and access. Both publicly owned and privately owned networks will be included.
• Develop a gap analysis that identifies the key broadband issues for City departments and community
• Develop a top level broadband network design utilizing existing City conduit, fiber, facilities, and other
assets. Identify the new infrastructure that will be required to meet the needs of the City and its anchors
as determined in the needs assessment.

“The culmination of these tasks will document the core strategies for Portsmouth in development of its municipal and community broadband strategic plan. The Plan will describe the over-arching needs, requirements, benefits, costs, and goals of Portsmouth moving forward with its municipal and community broadband initiatives, to economic development and job creation, education, healthcare, business, residents, and other areas. The plan will also include short, mid and long-term milestones to achieve the desired goals,” Mr. Bosco said.

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