eCBI Network Business Model
The Nation's first replicable Open Access Network
eCommunity Broadband Infrastructure (eCBI) is the brand name A2D calls all of its fiber networks. Each network is itself an independent special purpose LLC that is structured to protect the investment of public and/or private entities that have a vested interest in developing a network that impacts a target community or region. Each eCBI network is co-named based on the municipal jurisdiction or region it is located. For example, our fiber network that is delivering open access connectivity in Tuskegee, Alabama is called eCBI MaconCo, LLC. This is because the majority of the network's backbone fiber runs through most of Macon County, AL as well as a small portion of neighboring Tallapoosa County.
An eCBI network can be as small as a subdivision or a rural town, or as large as an urban city, county or region. It all depends on the level of investment and stakeholder involvement that is required to deliver ubiquitous fiber access to every premise in the target eCommunity.
From a branding perspective, we reference each network service area as an eCommunity therefore instead of presenting eCBI MaconCo, LLC, we present to the public eCommunity Tuskegee because it is the largest town most people in the community are affiliated with.
Because the assets within each network is owned by its corresponding special purpose LLC, we are able to protect the investment of our stakeholders yet develop and operate each network via a common entity, A2D, which serves as the developer/operator. As as a CLEC, A2D not only can build and manage networks in public right-of-way, but A2D also owns the master service agreement relationships with each participating carrier. As a result, A2D allows carriers to pay their toll fee directly to the appropriate eCBI LLC based on the circuit their services is being delivered across.
The eCBI Business model has been vetted by mulitple municipal, state, and federal agencies as well as by mulitple national carriers, public / private financing institutions and investors. Our goal is to continue to develop eCBI’s across the US to establish a national, open access, eCommunity.