In response to emerging opportunities in the U.S. broadband landscape, FarrPoint has teamed up with Vernonburg Group and established a new US subsidiary in Boston, Massachusetts. The partnership aims to streamline and enhance US broadband planning and deployment, offering a consolidated 'one-stop shop' for comprehensive solutions.
FarrPoint, has announced the opening of its second overseas office on the back of a new partnership with US consultancy firm, (this will open in a new window)Vernonburg Group.
The two companies will combine their expertise and resources to create a ‘one stop shop’ of support services, to help state and territorial governments in the US deliver affordable high-speed broadband to all their citizens.
FarrPoint's new (this will open in a new window)US office opened in Boston, Massachusetts. Services on offer will include programme design, connectivity mapping, procurement exercises and deployment assurance. This will leverage federal funding across multiple broadband programmes, including (this will open in a new window)BEAD (Broadband Equity Access and Deployment) program.
Established in 2006, FarrPoint first expanded overseas with the opening of a Canadian office and subsidiary in early 2020. The company is advising the UK and Canadian governments on broadband and mobile infrastructure programs, including the UK’s nationwide Project Gigabit investment.
Vernonburg Group advises governments, internet service providers, connectivity hardware and solution providers and non-profits on various aspcts of closing the digital divide. This includes digital equity program design and implementation, large scale project feasibilities, public and private sector fundraising, broadband mapping and economic modelling, broadband policy and regulation, and market research and risk assessment.
Dr Andrew Muir, CEO and founder of FarrPoint (left) and Paul Garnett, CEO and founder of Vernonburg Group (right)
Dr Andrew Muir, CEO and founder of FarrPoint, said: “Improved digital connectivity is vital to support growing economic activity and sustain communities, and that’s equally true on both sides of the Atlantic. Our extensive experience in the UK and Canada stands us in good stead to support the US market. We’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge on the selection of broadband suppliers through major procurement programmes, together with the deployment management that follows.
“Signing a contract is not the end of the job and both grant holders and supplier recipients need to be prepared for the challenges of rollout. Our knowledge and experience of these stages will help US states and territories meet these challenges ahead. Partnering with Vernonburg Group will allow us to deliver our breadth of experience to new US clients.”
Paul Garnett, CEO and founder of Vernonburg Group, said: “Affordable high-speed internet connectivity is now essential to everyday life. Unprecedented funding for broadband has created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring affordable high-speed connectivity to every unserved and underserved household in the United States, as well as programs that increase adoption of digital services. With this funding, universal and affordable high-speed connectivity can be achieved.
“We are excited to partner with FarrPoint and leverage our combined expertise to help state and territorial governments get the most out of available broadband funds.”
Both Paul Garnett and Dr Andrew Muir will attend the U.S. Broadband Summit in Washington, D.C. on 15-17th of November to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the BEAD rollout and how the new partnership can support states at a crucial inflection point. Email us [email protected] to secure a meeting.
Based on Savannah, GA, Vernonburg Group advises governments, internet service providers, connectivity hardware and solution providers and non-profits on various aspects of closing the digital divide. This includes digital equity program design and implementation, large scale project feasibilities, public and private sector fundraising, broadband mapping and economic modelling, broadband policy and regulation, and market research and risk assessment. For example, Vernonburg Group is advising the State of Vermont’s Community Broadband Board (VCBB) on development of its BEAD Five Year Action Plan, Digital Equity Plan, and BEAD Initial Proposals.
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FarrPoint, established in 2006, is an independent connectivity and smart technology advisory firm. It has been advising the UK and Canadian governments on broadband and mobile infrastructure programs, including the nationwide Gigabit program in the UK, and has recently established their US subsidiary in Boston, MA.
The FarrPoint team comprise a mix of consulting technologists, economists and data analysts who work together to provide advice on the commercial and technical considerations of the design of national and regional connectivity strategies, technical planning and modelling, procurement support and implementation assurance.
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