Community Broadband Networks

Percipio Industries, LLC

Percipio Industries, LLC specializes in the planning, designing, implementation and management of multi-service community broadband networks connecting residents, schools, hospitals, public institutions, local businesses and government organizations. Percipio strives to expand high-speed broadband access and adoption throughout rural, metro and inner city communities to encourage innovation and stimulate economic growth. 

High-speed Internet capabilities are essential for future growth and development creating opportunities for regions to stay ahead of continuous technological advancements in order to compete in a rapidly evolving digital world. Global connectivity can be achieved with faster speeds while maintaining competitive prices.

One benefit of the COVID pandemic has been the recognition of the benefits of broadband for telehealth, distance learning, and remote work. Broadband has moved beyond the use of sending emails or streaming movies. Funding from state and the federal government has been increased dramatically to support new broadband networks.

Percipio’s innovative professionals are experienced in all aspects of delivering high-speed broadband networks from consultation and project management to construction services and fiber optic solutions. Percipio is hands on fully committed in the network process from initiating a concept to the completion of the community broadband network.

Support includes each facet of a community network: i) community owned and community operated, ii) community owned and PI operated, iii) and PI owned and PI operated.

Benefits of Community Broadband Networks:

Business and Economic Development:

Community broadband networks enable local job growth while attracting new businesses to the local area. Rural and older urban communities are being circumvented by the incumbent providers of broadband services as those providers leverage their investment in those communities while they invest their capital in the construction of broadband networks in the growth areas as communities continue to expand. Broadband access has also increased the opportunity for teleworking and expansion to new markets previously inaccessible. One benefit of the COVID pandemic is the realization by businesses that telework or remote work with broadband is viable and it can reduce the operating cost of a business through a reduction in the cost of maintaining office space for employees.

Residential:

Broadband networks have become a basic requirement for residential communities. Telework is one reason with the need for video conferencing to see the participants or to simply display media for discussion between one or more participants in real time. The streaming of all music, movies and other video content, online gaming, job search, social networking, electronic bill payments, accessing health records, telehealth, distance learning, and home security are all based on access to affordable and scalable high-bandwith services. Broadband access can also be expanded to public parks and community centers increasing opportunities for residents to stay connected and more secure.

Health Care:

Broadband connects health care facilities with other health care facilities, health care facilities with medical professionals, and medical professionals with patients. High speed internet increases the efficiency of the delivery of medical diagnosis and treatment through timely access to medical professionals and patients. Broadband enables medical professionals to remotely monitor, diagnose, and treat health issues in a timely manner patients who have medical devices that allow the medical staff to remotely access real time, and historical, observations and health records of the key health metrics for an individual. The COVID pandemic has provided a significant benefit for telehealth. It has resulted in more support for the treatment and reimbursement for telehealth. This support in the treatment and reimbursement for telehealth is a benefit for residents in metropolitan, urban, and rural locations. Timely access to real time and historical observations will improve the time to respond to a medical issue. Through informed timely access to patient data, the intent is that the patient outcome will be improved at a lower cost.

Education:

Educational institutions at all levels (school districts, universities and colleges) can improve communications and collaboration through community broadband networks while reducing costs. As education continues to become more Internet-based, community-networking applications allow for distance learning and remote classrooms, standardized testing and online-based homework or curriculum. A community broadband network allows for collaborative opportunities between local schools and schools throughout the country and around the word. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the limitations that many communities have for broadband enabled distance learning.

Public Works

A community broadband network is beneficial to many aspects of government and public institutions. Broadband networks can assist public works, public safety, information technology and environmental services. Intelligent traffic systems can increase traffic flow efficiency and vehicle efficiency through less stop and go activity. Utility costs can be minimized through establishing a smart grid. For example, a smart grid with smart meters, smart distribution boards and circuit boards integrated with home control and demand response, and smart appliances will improve the efficiency of the electrical grid that may enable utility companies to delay the significant investment required for system upgrades in generation and/or distribution.

Value Training:

In addition to the delivery of broadband networks, Percipio is also focused on providing the training to properly inform and educate consumers on their devices and how to properly and effectively utilize the Internet in order to gain maximum value. The value training assists users on quality inclusion and engagement in the online community for gathering information and accessing services. The COVID pandemic has highlighted a major shortcoming of access to broadband. Even when a community may have access to affordable broadband, members in the community may lack the best devise to access the broadband network for their desired application. Percipio is also focused on initiatives to provide devices to for underserved members in a community to enable them to utilize the broadband network for their desired application.

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