Magellan Advisors Develops Fiber Network Plan for Niagara County, NY

  • Magellan Advisors
DENVER, CO and SANBORN, NY — Working with the Niagara County Center for Economic Development and the Niagara Falls International Airport (NFIA) Stakeholders Group, Magellan Advisors, a broadband and smart city consulting firm, has created a detailed plan and instruments for building a proposed NFIA-Area fiber optic network (NAFON). According to Magellan, the planned network can be expanded or replicated to meet additional needs and opportunities.

That NAFON plan got a boost Tuesday night, when the head of Niagara County’s government, Legislature Chairman Wm. Keith McNall, (R-Lockport), urged county economic development officials to make the plan a reality in 2018.

“I would encourage you to develop and market the proposed...fiber-optic network to interconnect sites at the Niagara Falls International Airport,” McNall said in the televised address. “It is time to initiate these projects, including the installation of infrastructure, and expand economic development in the center of our county.”

NFIA is a highly accessible small facility with a brand-new terminal five miles from one of the wonders of the natural world. The surrounding business district is anchored by aircraft research, refurbishment, and development, along with diverse manufacturing enterprises. The airfield is shared with an Air Force Reserve base that flies unmanned aerial vehicles around the world. Numerous sites are primed for development to attract new investment by related industries.

Hyper-local Fiber Network Owned by Users
“High-speed internet access is critical for these enterprises, but they face high upfront costs to connect,” explained the chairwoman of the Niagara County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, Legislator Kathryn L. Lance, (R-Wheatfield). “The solution: A hyper-local ‘campus area’ fiber-optic network, owned by users, that provides access to multiple network service providers.”

Magellan Advisors established a leadership group, created a detailed plan—addressing financing and governance as well as technical design—and developed content for memoranda, policies, proposals, and workshops to support implementation. The plan is reliant on local private investment by network users, who will gain super-fast access at about the same price they pay for broadband operating at typical speeds. Additionally, ownership of a valuable economic asset—a fiber-optic network—is expected to increase the value of properties.

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