ICF understands that the end goal of broadband is not the network itself—it is the possibilities that come from providing citizens and businesses with access to the services that ride over the network. Communities use broadband technology over fiber, wireline, and wireless infrastructure to communicate, find information, buy goods and services, deliver social services, and ensure first responder and 911 connectivity.
ICF helps communities and businesses harness the power of broadband technology, creating sustainable economic development strategies that support new job creation, social services, existing businesses, education, healthcare, safety networks, and global competitiveness. ICF helps clients:
- Leverage broadband technology to stimulate economic development and job creation
- Support public safety broadband wireless planning to improve interoperability between municipal, state, and private networks, including State Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) planning
- Assess Universal Service Fund (USF) programs to maximize eligibility and participation
- Adopt telehealth and distance learning products and best practices
- Measure spectrum utilization, wireless network coverage, and broadband capacity for local service areas
- Create sustainable community broadband, education, and telemedicine ecosystems leveraging multiple broadband networks and providers (if necessary)
With in-house specialists in areas such as community planning, health and education, geospatial analysis, and environmental compliance, ICF is a comprehensive resource for the diverse challenges that arise during project implementation. Our extensive experience working in the industry enables us to bring practical tips, tools, and a real-world perspective to our clients’ broadband needs during the planning process; to offer creative solutions to obstacles in the field; and to minimize project risks.