NTIA Releases Final BTOP CCI Case Studies


NTIA Releases Final BTOP CCI Case Studies
Case Study Highlights MBC’s Economic and Societal Impact on Southern Virginia 

South Boston, VA – April 24, 2015 – On April 13, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released case studies on 12 of the 109 Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) projects that evaluated the societal and economic impact of the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP).  The case studies were conducted by ASR Analytics, LLC.  One of the twelve studies performed by ASR Analytics highlights the social and economic impact of the BTOP grant completed by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC).

In July 2013, the team at ASR Analytics made a trip to Southern Virginia to speak with several entities about the impact the MBC network has had on Southern Virginia.  They interviewed two last mile providers, one business subscriber, two school districts, three economic development organizations, and one county.

The study concluded that the BTOP grant enabled MBC to positively impact a large area and group of people that would not have been possible without funding from BTOP.  The cost savings and reliability offered by the MBC network have allowed schools to see an increase in operational efficiency and offer digital learning opportunities to their students.  This availability of fiber in rural Southern Virginia has also brought about economic opportunities to the region that would not have come about without the presence of a reliable carrier-grade fiber-optic network.

To view the case study in its entirety, please visithttp://www2.ntia.doc.gov/files/mbc_case_study_report_order_number_d10pd18645.pdf.

About Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia. MBC promotes economic development in Southern Virginia through the operation of a successful advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing.  Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit www.mbc-va.com.

About BTOP

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated $4.4 billion in federal funding to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to implement the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in order to spur job creation, stimulate economic growth, and increase access to broadband services.  BTOP projects are intended to support increased broadband access and adoption, provide broadband training and support through community organizations, and stimulate the demand for broadband. NTIA distributed grant funding to 233 projects, benefiting all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. The types of projects BTOP funded include Public Computer Centers (PCC), Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA), and Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI). CCI projects deploy new or improved broadband Internet facilities to connect households, businesses, and community anchor institutions (CAI) such as schools, libraries, hospitals, and public safety facilities. CCI projects funded by BTOP are predominantly middle mile projects, although a small number of last mile projects were awarded.

MBC Deploys Infinera for Terabit Network Upgrade for Education, Research & Development and Big Data Projects


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MBC Deploys Infinera for Terabit Network Upgrade for Education, Research & Development and Big Data Projects

Sunnyvale, Calif. – April 23, 2015 Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale open-access transport provider, announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X platform, enables MBC to increase network scale to several terabits per second of connectivity across Virginia.

MBC has partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA) who co-invested in the network upgrade to support their 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s) connections to Internet2 and collaborations with Research and Development institutions. MARIA is a non-profit corporation that brings together Virginia’s major research universities to facilitate access to shared technology infrastructure for research, also known as cyberinfrastructure. MARIA members include the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Internet2 is currently the United States’ largest and fastest, globally connected Research and Education network.

The design of Infinera DTN-X platform enables MBC’s core transport network backbone to grow by tenfold, meeting the rapidly advancing needs of high-performance, data intensive research and collaboration for biotech and big data applications now and in the future. This network enhancement positions MBC and the Southern Virginia region as among the best-connected in the country.

The Infinera DTN-X platform enables MBC to deliver capacity of 100 Gb/s coherent transmission today via 500 Gb/s super-channels, with a forward-scale design to support terabit super-channels in the future. The high capacity super-channels are enabled by 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs) developed and fabricated by Infinera – the only supplier delivering 500 Gb/s of transmission capacity from a single line card today. PICs enable the DTN-X platform to integrate dense wavelength division multiplexing super-channel transmission with the potential to expand up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking optical transport network switching, providing seamless expansion as traffic requirements grow in the future.

“Infinera’s innovative optical transport solutions have been the foundation of MBC’s open-access transport network since our inception,” said Tad Deriso, President and CEO of MBC. “The upgraded MBC network continues to be operationally simple and will deliver initial capacity of four terabits per second while greatly improving our non-profit mission of promoting economic development and bridging the digital divide.”

“We are pleased the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network continues to be the foundation of MBC’s unique open-access network,” said Scott Smith, Infinera vice president, sales. “Infinera is committed to continuing to provide MBC with a solution that automates, converges and simplifies its optical transport network to reliably deliver advanced services to its customers.”

Contacts:

Media:

Anna Vue

Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157

avue@infinera.com

Investors:

Jeff Hustis

Tel: + 1 (408) 213-7150

jhustis@infinera.com

  

About Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to bridging the digital divide, promoting economic development, reducing the burdens of government and reinvesting in communities. MBC accomplishes this by operating an advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing.  Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments to southern Virginia including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit www.mbc-va.com.

About Infinera

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks for network operators, enabling reliable, easy to operate, high-capacity optical networks. Infinera leverages its unique large scale photonic integrated circuits to deliver innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding network environments. Intelligent Transport Networks enable carriers, Cloud network operators, governments and enterprises to automate, converge and scale their datacenter, metro, long-haul and subsea optical networks. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts atblog.infinera.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements relating to the benefits of the features and functionality of Infinera’s products including: that the DTN-X platform is designed to increase capacity by ten times and has the potential to expand up to 12 Tb/s in the future. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect Infinera’s business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of Infinera’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 as filed with the SEC on February 18, 2015, as well subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on Infinera’s website at www.infinera.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

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Mid-Atlantic Broadband to Participate at Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Manila


Mid-Atlantic Broadband to Participate at Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Manila

South Boston, VA, – April 13, 2015 –  Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale fiber-optic open-access network transport provider, announced today that President and CEO Tad Deriso will present at the third annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit in Manila, Philippines on May 8, 2015.

The Summit brings together experts with first-hand experience to discuss, debate and demonstrate how dynamic spectrum access technologies can help governments, businesses and communities reduce the cost of wireless bandwidth and deliver affordable broadband access in the busiest cities and most remote regions.

Deriso will be on a panel to discuss innovative Spectrum Use Cases. Jeffrey Yan, Director of Technology Policy for Asia Pacific for Microsoft will be moderating the panel. Other panelists include industry leaders from Facebook, Institute for Infocomm Research, University of Malawi, National Taiwan University, Topcon Positioning Systems and Toyota InfoTechnology Center.

Dynamic spectrum access is extremely welcoming of new and innovative Spectrum Use Cases that also need to make use of limited spectrum resources. These include Smart Cities, the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Vehicle to Vehicle Communications. These new use cases also demand alternative licensing and regulatory models which new dynamic spectrum access approaches would address.

As MBC’s CEO, Deriso has been invited to speak globally as a keynote speaker on the importance of open-access fiber networks, the role those networks play in economic development and bridging the digital divide, and how national and regional governing bodies can implement similar models to boost broadband access and enhance economic dividends for rural communities.

“I’m honored to speak at this year’s Global Summit and share our experience with creative wireless broadband pilot projects,“ said Deriso.  “This is a unique opportunity for MBC to showcase our broadband efforts in rural Virginia and engage with key leaders within the dynamic spectrum access industry on promoting regulations and partnerships to bridge the digital divide.”

Along with executive presentations, the DSA Summit will feature the latest technical advances, regulatory initiatives and strategies for ushering in the next generation of connectivity – from connecting the next 3-4 billion people to enabling the Internet of Things.  New to 2015, the agenda will also include a TV White Space Introduction & Model Rules and Regulations session.

“This is our third year hosting the summit and we are thrilled to have such remarkable representatives from all sectors of the world participating this year,” said Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.  “Building on the success of last year’s summit in Ghana, we expect even greater participation this year in the Philippines.”

The three-day summit is expected to host about 200 participants, including several communication regulators from around the globe.   For more information on the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Summit, visit dynamicspectrumalliance.org.

 

About Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to bridging the digital divide, promoting economic development, reducing the burdens of government and reinvesting in our communities. MBC accomplishes this by operating an advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing.  Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments to southern Virginia including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit www.mbc-va.com

Media Contact
Anna Vue, Solsken PR
avue@solskenpr.com
(916) 595-8157

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Piedmont Governor’s School STAGS Robotics Team Wins MBC Challenge Cup


Piedmont Governor’s School STAGS Robotics Team Wins MBC Challenge Cup
STAGS Finish in the Top 10 at the FIRST FRC Virginia Regional 

South Boston, VA – April 2, 2015 – Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation is pleased to announce the Piedmont Governor’s School STAGS robotics team as the champion of the inaugural MBC Challenge Cup.  The STAGS, based in Martinsville, VA, finished with a ranking of 10th out of 64 teams at the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Virginia Regional that took place March 18th through March 21st.  They were ranked highest of all of the MBC-sponsored robotics teams from Southern Virginia at the FRC Virginia Regional, and therefore claimed the title of 2015 MBC Challenge Cup champion.

As winners of the MBC Challenge Cup, the STAGS will receive $5,000 for their school and will gain possession of the MBC Challenge Cup trophy to be displayed at their school for one year.  These winnings will be presented during an all-expense paid trip for the team to experience real world robotics in action via private tours of the Rolls-Royce and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) facilities in Prince George County, VA, and the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Petersburg, VA.

“Team 1262, the STAGS, is extremely excited to be named the first winner of the MBC Challenge Cup.  Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation is a tremendous supporter of FIRST Robotics teams in southern Virginia.  I can definitely say that MBC is making a huge impact on the lives of the students on Team 1262,” said Brian Pace, coach of the PGS STAGS robotics team. “The all-expense paid trip for private tours of the Rolls-Royce and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) facilities in Prince George County, VA, and the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Petersburg, VA, will certainly provide unforgettable experiences.  Winning the MBC Challenge Cup will allow Team 1262 to see the amazing opportunities available to them.”

MBC commends all the teams they sponsor for their hard work and dedication this season.  These teams include the STAGS, the Altavista Bionic Eagles, Bluestone High Skrappy’s Zoo, the Chatham High Metal Minds, G.W. High Team Talon, and the Martinsville High MADawgs.

“We were very impressed with the hard work and creativity the teams put forth for the MBC Challenge Cup”, said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “These robotics competitions help to build proficiency in engineering, project management and teamwork which helps promote our economic development and skilled workforce capabilities in Southern Virginia.”

MBC has invested more than $136,000 for robotics programs since 2012 to help meet the workforce demands of current and future companies in the region.  STEM education is major facet that companies seek when deciding on a location for their operations, and as such, is important for the growth of economies.

About Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization, committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia. MBC promotes economic development in Southern Virginia through the operation of a successful advanced open access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport services, colocation and tower leasing.  Since its inception in 2004 and by offering a state-of-the art fiber optic network, MBC has supported the recruitment of major investments including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and bio-tech industries. For more information, visit www.mbc-va.com.