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ICF International helps communities, governments, and businesses leverage broadband infrastructure to meet community development goals and to improve the quality of life.



ICF understands that the end goal of broadband is not the network itself—it is the possibilities that come from providing consumers, businesses, and governments with access to 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 government 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 FirstNet planning
  • Assess Universal Service Fund (USF) programs to maximize eligibility and participation
  • Create sustainable community broadband, education, and telemedicine ecosystems leveraging multiple broadband networks and providers (if necessary)

ICF helps commercial wireless customers:

  • Locate and characterize sources of interference and discriminate these from user traffic to assist operators, regulators, and administrators with network planning, interference identification, and network performance optimization
  • Analyze, profile, and characterize spectrum using high-fidelity spectrum recordings that offer significant advantages over simply collecting metrics such as received power level and signal quality, which are captured by traditional methods

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 broadband projects—from planning and design through implementation and performance. Our extensive experience working in the industry enables us to bring practical tips, tools, and a real-world perspective to our clients' broadband needs.

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Featured Resources

  • Broadband feasibility and sustainability—ICF performs market analysis, service definition, strategic reviews, pricing, demographics, and business case development for communities, regions, and businesses focused on economic development. ICF delivers planning, technical assistance, and training to enhance utility of broadband technology to build capacity in community programs.
  • Spectrum profiling—ICF's advanced spectrum profiling solution records, characterizes, geocodes, and analyzes wireless signals. The essential elements of the digital signal can be accurately extracted from even busy off-air spectrum.
  • Universal Service Fund (USF) assessments and plans—ICF helps stakeholders understand the complex rules of all four federal USF programs to maximize eligibility and participation in each fund.
  • Technology planning and evaluation—ICF evaluates and recommends alternative broadband access architectures and solutions based on clients' unique needs and goals, including network and capacity-building analysis, broadband speeds, access coverage, and geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial applications.
  • Project

    Spectrum Leakage Detection and Reporting

    ICF International developed a leakage detection and reporting (LDR) system that can detect spectrum from 9KHz to 14GHz and up to 110MHz wide, depending on ambient signal power conditions.

  • Project

    USDA/Rural Utility Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

    ICF International supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) with the oversight of post-award project implementation for more than $3.5B in awards made under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).

  • Project

    Broadband Training and Technical Assistance

    ICF International is supporting the EdLab Group, which is providing services to the State of Idaho/LinkIDAHO and the State of Wyoming/LinkWYOMING, under the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) program. The projects will serve as a catalyst for increased access to and use of broadband to better serve residents of Idaho and Wyoming.

  • Project

    State Universal Service Fund Assessment

    ICF International performed Universal Service Fund (USF) assessments for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) and the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for broadband deployment and sustainability.

  • Project

    Broadband Feasibility Study in the Cherokee Nation

    ICF International prepared and administered a market survey of broadband feasibility for the Cherokee Nation. This survey process encompassed a locally and culturally relevant networking approach to acquire various levels of broadband and demographic data.

  • Project

    Broadband Expansion Project for the University of Arkansas

    The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) included a 900-mile network expansion to connect to 23 colleges in the state of Arkansas. To comply with grant requirements, an environmental assessment (EA) was needed in an extremely short turnaround time.

  • Project

    Sustainable Broadband Infrastructure Plan for the City of Gustavus, Alaska

    ICF International developed a sustainable broadband infrastructure plan for the City of Gustavus, Alaska, in December 2012. A critical component of this plan was the community assessment, which included a broadband survey of residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions (CAIs).

  • Dan BertunaDan Bertuna

    Vice President

    Expertise in: Community Development
  • Teri JohnsonTeri Johnson

    Business Development Director

    Expertise in: Community Development
  • Don BishopDon Bishop

    Vice President

    Expertise in: Community Development
  • Michael SpeadMichael Spead

    Senior Technical Specialist

    Expertise in: Families + Communities, Community Development
  • Katherine BatesKatherine Bates

    Project Manager

    Expertise in: Community Development
  • Steffani SandersSteffani Sanders

    Expert Consultant

    Expertise in: Community Development

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