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Selected Projects

This page highlights a few projects Tilson has worked on across a variety of clients.

Block Island

Tilson is currently advising the Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, on the design of a universal Fiber to the Home network. New Shoreham is coterminous with Block Island, a very popular summer vacation spot. Internet capacity on the island is very limited, with the only option being either mobile phone tethering or DSL. The maximum speed available is 2 Mbps download, and only in certain parts of the island. While this can work in the off season, when only the island’s 500 full time residents are present, DSL and mobile internet become all but unusable during the tourist season, when up to 20,000 people can be on the island.

Full Case: Case_Block_Island.pdf

The Island Institute, Maine

While the State of Maine as a whole has many areas that are facing broadband connectivity challenges, its off-shore inhabited islands in the Gulf of Maine are a particularly underserved group due to their remote geography and low population density. Recognizing the potential benefits of broadband to many aspects of island life, in 2015 The Island Institute engaged Tilson to provide a feasibility study for 13 of Maine’s year-round inhabited island communities. The Institute is a privately funded nonprofit dedicated to sustaining Maine’s island and remote coastal communities.

Full Case: Case_Island_Institute.pdf

Town of Islesboro, Maine

The Town of Islesboro, Maine, is a world-renowned summer colony and one of mid-coast Maine’s most desirable places to live. It is a vibrant island community in Waldo County, Maine, located approximately three miles off the coast of Lincolnville in Penobscot Bay. The population swells to over 2,000 people in the summer months – up from the 600 year-round residents – when many seasonal residents return to vacation with family and friends. Islesboro approached Tilson for advice on becoming a location for world-class broadband, in addition to summer fun.

Full Case: Case_Islesboro.pdf

Massachusetts Broadband Institute - MassBroadband 123

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) sought Tilson’s services for development of MassBroadband 123, a $91MM, Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) funded 1300 mile fiber optic network build out to over 1200 public safety and other state facilities including E911 centers, state police barracks, and fire/rescue locations. MBI is a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a public agency tasked with maintaining the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness.

Full case: Case_MBI.pdf