Connecticut Governor Recommends Alphastar America for Funding of $25M from Broadband Stimulus Program

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Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell recommends Alphastar America's (AA) project for $25M of funding from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP). AA proposed to provide middle mile broadband access and Tier 4 data center services to unserved areas in at least 22 States. AA's project is economical, immediate in deployment, and creates employment in CT and the unserved and rural areas throughout the U.S. The services are offered at a discount to health care facilities, schools, libraries and first responders. AA is seeking joint ventures, partnerships with ISPs, vendors, suppliers, bankers and other interested parties nationwide.

Oxford, CT Data Center and Teleport Facility.

Broadband is one of those tools that brings with it great potential to transform our economy, advance academic achievement, improve the delivery of health care and grow tomorrow's workforce today.

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell recommended a project by Alphastar America (AA) for funding of $25M from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA). In a letter to Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce and the Administrator to the NTIA, Governor Rell expressed strong support for 10 projects and recommended Alphastar America's project among them as an important choice for the state of CT. Statement By the Office of Governor M. Jodi Rell to NTIA Assistant Secretary Strickling

"Connecticut's Review Process involved gathering input and feedback from a variety of perspectives. Those who participated in this process included municipal officials, state agency representatives and individuals familiar with communications technologies. While the reviewers looked at the array of proposals that could potentially benefit Connecticut, the feedback focused mainly on those broadband initiatives that could directly benefit the citizens of Connecticut." - Matthew Fritz, Assistant Secretary to Governor Jodi Rell, in his letter to NTIA Assistant Secretary Strickling Recommending Alphastar America's proposal.

Alphastar America (AA) proposed to the NTIA to provide middle mile or "big pipe" broadband access and data center services to the unserved, rural and remote areas in at least 22 States in the nation. These states include Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Unserved areas are parts of the country that lack high speed access to the Internet backbone. These areas are unserved because of the unwillingness or inability of phone and cable companies to initiate prolonged projects to dig and lay expensive fiber cable underground. AA offers an immediate and economical solution to connect the unserved areas to the internet backbone, providing high-speed internet at an affordable price. AA provides an immediate and economical solution to connect the unserved areas to the Internet backbone while offering data storage archiving and retrieval through its Tier 4 data center. As an incentive for unserved communities to adopt broadband services, AA will offer a discount for health care facilities, schools, libraries, and first responders such as hospitals, police and fire departments. The Governor of the State of Connecticut's letter to the NTIA emphasized the significance of broadband to Connecticut citizens: "Broadband is one of those tools that brings with it great potential to transform our economy, advance academic achievement, improve the delivery of health care and grow tomorrow's workforce today." - Matthew Fritz, Assistant Secretary to Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell.

Since the year 2000, AA has developed and deployed an innovative and agile solution consisting of an IP hybrid network with WiMax access to the Internet final user and satellite for the middle mile. Satellite middle mile presents the only meaningful solution for immediate deployment in the unserved areas, because fiber and cable deployment would take years and billions of dollars to deploy. Furthermore AA avoids the shortcomings of the current satellite networks operating in the market today by providing last mile users with WiMax or WiFi connectivity that is not affected by the middle mile source. Unlike AA's hybrid network, the existing satellite networks in the market today use satellite for both the middle mile and last mile, which further compounds the shortcomings of satellite broadband services such as latency and the high cost of consumer equipment including dishes and set-top-box and trucks to service them. AA hybrid technology reduces latency to a minimum and has negligible consumer equipment cost or need for maintenance. AA's network was designed with technical assistance from Cisco Systems and deployed nationwide in the year 2000. In 2009, Cisco Systems upgraded the network for the NTIA project ( please see Cisco Testimonial,June1,2000 on the side bar)

The AA project is shovel ready and affordable, allowing immediate deployment and employment as required by the stimulus program. It can be deployed within weeks of funding and will immediately employ about 400 people in CT and in the unserved areas where it is needed most. The intended clients for AA middle mile are Internet Service Providers who will use AA's middle mile broadband on a wholesale basis and in turn will sell on a retail basis to residential and commercial users in their local markets.

AA has converted an FCC licensed satellite teleport facility in Oxford, CT, a 20,000 SF facility on 12 acres, to a Tier 4 data center with redundant access to the Internet globally via a mix of fiber and satellite. The facility is expandable to 150,000 SF. The Oxford data center has a satellite footprint that covers North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. It is designed for co-location and both managed or cloud computing services globally, including disaster recovery services, backup and redundancy, data storage and emergency response applications for public safety and business continuity.. The data center is capable of storing, archiving and retrieval of multi-media including data, images,audio and video.

AA is open to joint venture, partnership and franchising opportunities with all interested parties nationwide including potential clients for AA broadband network or data center services , WISPs, ISPs, rural cable TV and telephone companies, MMDS, WiFi, WiMax, WiMesh, service providers and interested data centers as well as government officials, distributors, vendors, bankers and others.

Interested parties may contact:

Timothy Wahba, V.P. of Business Development
info (at) alphastar (dot) com
Alphastar America Website

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