Douglas County, Oregon creates $28 million in economic impact with fiber each year

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced the first of its Broadband Community Profiles designed to uncover the economic and societal impact that fiber broadband is having on rural communities across North America. The research, conducted by Futuriom Research, shows that Douglas County, Oregon, served by ISP Douglas Fast Net (DFN), has successfully leveraged fiber optic broadband to create jobs, improve quality of life, investing in its future and even fighting forest fires. while creating approximately $28 million in revenue or savings each year.

“Broadband fiber has been a game-changer for our community. It has helped our customers save costs, our hospitals improve care, our city government save costs, and empowered students of all ages to participate in online learning,” said Douglas CEO Todd Way. Fast Net. “We know this also plays a key role in helping to keep some of our biggest employers in the region and attracting new businesses and industries to our market.

The first fiber optic service connections were delivered to local Roseburg medical centers including Mercy Medical Center and VA Roseburg Health Care System in late 2000. In 2003 residential services were added and in 2005 DFN had established fiber optic links with most anchor institutions, including schools, hospitals and government offices in Roseburg. Fiber provides benefits to regional hospitals that help streamline the sharing of medical records and information to improve patient care. In schools, Fiber is supporting distance learning programs that have proven essential for K-12 students during the pandemic and has also enabled local community colleges to create online programs for continuing education for students. adults. In a unique application, DFN provided fiber to local school wildfire command centers to support personal and emergency use only by firefighters. Wildfire crews also used mast cameras that replaced older manned fire towers when the DFN strung fiber. The cameras first made it possible to locate the fires and to follow the progress of the fight against the flames.

To date, DFN has deployed 2,799 miles of fiber in Douglas County to more than 12,531 subscribers and nearly one-third of the local population. DFN plans to significantly expand its network footprint while offering symmetric 10G services in the near term. She has spent the past two decades growing her network through organic growth and acquisitions, bringing fiber optic broadband to more people in her region. The company is powered by technology and services from industry leaders Ciena, Juniper Networks, Corning, Adtran and PLP.

“This is a fantastic example of a rural community leveraging fiber to bridge the digital equity gap,” said Deborah Kish, Vice President, Workforce Research and Development. at the Fiber Broadband Association. “Douglas Fast Net has a long history of innovation, leveraging a fiber backbone facilitated by the incumbent electrical utility co-op and was one of the first ISPs in its state to offer Gigabit services and now on the 10G path. This profile of the broadband community will serve as an example for other communities looking to achieve the same level of progress. »

DFN is a subsidiary of Douglas Electric Cooperative (DEC). Since the first deployment of fiber, DEC has taken full advantage of its fiber infrastructure, equipping all of its substations with advanced control and data acquisition technologies and measurement infrastructure. These intelligent network protocols automate the control and monitoring of remote systems. They are also precursors to more comprehensive smart grid functionality in the future, which involves distribution automation, in which the entire grid is automatically regulated by sensors and monitors. This is a planned next step that could significantly reduce the cost of providing electrical services in Douglas County.

For more information on the FBA’s Fiber Advisory Program, or to inquire about involvement, partnership, or sponsorship of new research, please contact Deborah Kish at dkish@fiberbroadband.org.

About the Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association representing the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts and deployment specialists dedicated to advancing broadband deployment. by fiber and in pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, improving the quality of life and digital equity everywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the essential infrastructure that delivers the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can provide. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fiber Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH councils in the Americas, LATAM, Europe, MENA and APAC. To learn more, visit fiberbroadband.org.

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