Cooperative Broadband Networks - Electric Co-ops | Community Co-ops
In the early part of the 20th Century, 90% of homes in rural America did not have electricity. In 1937, Congress allowed for the formation of consumer-owned electric cooperatives. By 1953, more than 90 percent of U.S. farms had electricity from locally owned rural electric cooperatives.
The rural gap in electricity of the 20th century has now been replicated with fiber optics in the 21st century. EntryPoint believes in the Cooperative model and simplifies network operations by -
1) Moving the ISP to the cloud and creating competition to drive down total costs by 20% – 25%
2) Exposing service providers to automation and innovation – which will continue to drive down cost and simplifies
the task of being a network operator
3) Making it easy to deploy new services
EntryPoint’s Automated Open Access platform is designed for rural utility cooperatives, city networks, municipal utility districts, and county networks.
Tom Wheeler - FCC Chairman 2013-2017
"My conviction is that we are on the cusp of when our broadband networks will prove even more transformative than the networks of the 19th century is based upon this: broadband networks are new in a new way. The new way is the evolution from hardware-based networks to ones that are software based. The effect of this is the virtuous cycle where new applications are enabled by broadband, which drives the next generation applications and the next generation broadband."
"There are multiple benefits of the network’s evolution from hardware to software. First, we are moving from networks with limited functions, to a world in which software expands network capabilities and makes them available to a wide variety of non-traditional applications. As one person recently put it, networks are moving from a SIP world to an API world. The result will unleash innovation in both the network and in applications. Another impact of software replacing hardware is that the cost of expanding network capabilities decreases. Finally, the evolution to software defined networks with virtualized components means that network operating expenses decrease."
"If we allow fiber and other technologies to develop unconstrained by bandwidth, consumers and our economy will reap the benefits. I rarely get pushback when I say that meaningful competition in this market is lacking. And competition is the most effective tool for driving deployment of next generation networks. Fiber is a critical part of our future and we need networks that are fast, fair, and open to take advantage of the amazing innovations that are being developed every day."