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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 31 of service to residents and commercial tenants. As an initial step, Mayo designed a state-of-the-art, fber-rich, on-site network that incorporated a sophisticated, low-voltage, structured wiring plan. Crucially, the network infrastructure was designed, and multiple runs of backbone and lateral conduit were installed, to accommodate a second or even a third service provider in the event the primary provider failed. Te plan included multiple overlapping fber rings within the development, redundant access to local service providers and redundant fber paths from the Avalon site to the carrier interconnect facility at 56 Marietta St. in downtown Atlanta. Tat facility is the Southeast's largest Internet bandwidth data center and is occupied by more than 250 telecommunications- related companies, 50-plus carriers and 36 fber providers. After identifying a complete set of technology hardware, software, products and services tailored to the development's retail, residential, ofce and hospitality components, the team's next step was to select a service provider capable of and committed to achieving the Avalon vision. SELECTING A SERVICE PROVIDER NAP solicited service proposals for Avalon from a variety of service providers, including well-known cable operators and telephone companies. During the RFP process, the Avalon team met with plant engineers, wiring contractors, billing companies and customer service managers who represented numerous potential providers. Several of those providers ofered pieces of the overall vision but lacked important components. Te team eliminated the proposals that did not convey a commitment to create the unique experience they envisioned for Avalon. Hotwire Communications Ltd. distinguished itself from the crowd in several ways. First, from a technology perspective, Hotwire has the right service delivery platform, excellent back- ofce support structure and exceptional fber backhaul transport infrastructure to connect Avalon to the world. Second, from an operational perspective, Hotwire is well-funded, knowledgeable and, though still in the early stages of developing the greater Atlanta market, committed to creating model communities within the market to demonstrate its full capabilities. Tird, and perhaps most important to the forward-looking nature of the Avalon vision, NAP is convinced that Hotwire understands the Avalon vision and is committed to fashioning a customized, comprehensive broadband Avalon will ofer high-end restaurants and other attractions. BBC_Jan14.indd 31 1/27/14 1:44 PM