Community Outreach Update

March 2013

EAGLE-Net Alliance NTIA Suspension: Status Update

As we reported in last months newsletter, the suspension only temporarily halts the construction of new routes that are covered under the grant funding, and has a minimal impact on the day-to-day support of the current network operations.  EAGLE-Net's management and staff are committed to bringing the best service and customer support to their customers during and after this suspension period, and look forward to growing the network in the very near future.  Here is additional information related to the suspension:


The full letter of suspension is available on EAGLE-Net's website


EAGLE-Net's initial public response on December 7, 2012 is also available.

EAGLE-Net Organizational Structure and Operations
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What kind of entity is EAGLE-Net?

EAGLE-Net Alliance (EAGLE-Net) is an intergovernmental entity, formed in September 2010.  The Colorado Constitution and state statutes allow for two or more governmental entities to enter into a contract called an intergovernmental agreement to create a separate entity in order to provide any function or services that each have the authority to undertake independently.  The initial entities that formed EAGLE-Net were the Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Northeast Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services.  Soon after, the Town of Castle Rock and Adams County School District 27J became members.  EAGLE-Net has since grown to include 40 local government entities from all over the State of Colorado, and that number is expected to grow going forward.


How is EAGLE-Net organized?

EAGLE-Net's foundational document is the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that all members must sign to become a member of this intergovernmental entity.  The IGA and EAGLE-Net's bylaws are somewhat analogous to the charter for a home rule municipality.  Pursuant to the IGA and bylaws, EAGLE-Net is governed by a Board of Directors that represents EAGLE-Net's member jurisdictions.  The original Board was appointed in the original IGA, and new directors will be elected from among EAGLE-Net's members beginning in August 2013.  The Board of Directors meets monthly.  


EAGLE-Net has been described as a 'membership cooperative' - what does that mean?

EAGLE-Net is able to provide services on behalf of its entire membership for shared cost savings.  Members of the EAGLE-Net cost-sharing cooperative may receive benefits including competitively priced broadband services and other value-added member services such as remote data center, data warehousing, and virtual machine hosting. To become a member of EAGLE-Net's cost-sharing cooperative, governmental and quasi-governmental entities must first sign the EAGLE-Net IGA, which makes them eligible to purchase EAGLE-Net services.  Membership does not commit a member to purchase any specific level of service; it simply makes member jurisdictions eligible to acquire whatever level of service they deem best meets their needs.


How is EAGLE-Net recognized in Colorado?

All local governments in Colorado - municipalities, counties, special districts, and intergovernmental entities like EAGLE-Net, must file their organizational documents and be recognized by the Colorado Department Local Affairs (DOLA).   EAGLE-Net is listed as an intergovernmental entity on the DOLA website.


Is EAGLE-Net governed by local, state or federal law? 

As an intergovernmental entity created pursuant to Colorado law, and as the recipient of a federal grant, EAGLE-Net is subject to local, state and federal requirements.  At the foundation level, EAGLE-Net is governed by and responsible to the individual governmental entities that comprise its membership - the school districts, cities, towns, boards of cooperative educational services, higher education institutions and others.  EAGLE-Net must retain an independent auditor to conduct an annual each fiscal year (EAGLE-Net's fiscal year begins July 1st of each year).   Audited financial statements are initially submitted to the EAGLE-Net Board of Directors for review and then filed with the State.


EAGLE-Net is also the recipient of a federally funded $100.6 million Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) infrastructure grant through the United States Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  With respect to these federal grant funds, EAGLE-Net must report the status of the grant and its compliance with the federal rules related to that grant to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is the agency that manages the EAGLE-Net BTOP grant.  EAGLE-Net maintains regular communication with the NTIA regarding the grant project, and submits quarterly and annual reports to the NTIA on the progress of the project's implementation.


CTC Report


Some opponents of the EAGLE-Net project have made claims in the media and online of "overbuilding" private networks.   EAGLE-Net believes these claims are inaccurate and made out of context, and sought to obtain an outside expert opinion on these issues.   Columbia Telecommunications Corporation (CTC) of Kensington, Maryland studied and published a report on these issues in their paper, EAGLE-Net in Context: An Analysis of the Processes and Benefits of Middle-Mile Broadband Projects, which was completed in late 2012. This paper takes a research approach to address "overbuilding" claims in context, and identifies the benefits to both the public and private sector of the EAGLE-Net project.


Here are just a few of CTC's findings:

  1. EAGLE-Net has attempted to work with the rural carriers and has followed best practices to maximize win-win outcomes with existing providers.
  2. The extraordinary opposition that has been leveled against EAGLE-Net is singular among BTOP projects when compared to other similar projects across the United States.  EAGLE-Net's fiber provides unique and critically important capabilities to governmental and educational entities that are not provided through existing fiber networks. Where providers maintain existing fiber networks, the services offered cannot be considered comparable to EAGLE-Net unless those networks:
    • Are available for use,
    • Provide contiguous connectivity to major points of presence,
    • Provide interconnection opportunities for open access to other providers,
    • Provide state-of-the-art services to community anchor institutions,
    • And offer all these services at prices that community anchors can afford.
  3. EAGLE-Net's statewide middle mile broadband network will lead to substantial economic and job-creation benefits, including stimulation of investment in the last-mile connections by private providers to local residents and businesses.
  4. EAGLE-Net delivers substantial benefits in education and library services. 

EAGLE-Net Alliance (EAGLE-Net) is well into the third year of a three-year National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology and Opportunities (BTOP) grant which will sunset at the end of August 2013.  Through this grant, Colorado is receiving infrastructure assets that create a new, statewide middle mile broadband network to connect government entities across the state including public school districts, community colleges, Boards of Cooperative Education (BOCES), and government offices - local, state and federal. 


The EAGLE-Net network is an open access middle mile network which also encourages and welcomes other communication providers and carriers to purchase excess capacity to expand and strengthen their own networks.  EAGLE-Net is also reaching out to create partnerships with these providers that will enable last mile connections to complete the network connections to public sector entities.


To read the entire paper, you can find the executive summary and entire report on the EAGLE-Net website.


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