ublin, Ohio's optical fiber network has put the city on the global map when it comes to best practices in broadband deployment, knowledge workforce development, digital inclusion, innovation, and marketing and advocacy. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based broadband consultancy group, again named Dublin one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities in the world for 2011. It is the second year in a row the city has received the recognition.
DubLink is Dublin's broadband infrastructure consisting of more than 100 miles of optical fibers and 24 square miles of Wi-Fi. DubLink is a public-private partnership between the City of Dublin, the Fishel Company and HighSpeedAir. It is just one example of the many innovative services Dublin, Ohio, offers its residents and corporate community.
DubLink was started as an underground conduit system to accommodate optical fiber-based services thereby enabling the rapid deployment of competitive and redundant voice, data and video communications systems. This high-speed network provides instantaneous access to the global marketplace, and businesses have the opportunity to choose from among multiple competitive service providers or lease fiber capacity.
The city also has dedicated optical fibers to companies such as OhioHealth for its exclusive use. As an example, OhioHealth interconnected many of its hospitals, billing centers and headquarters located throughout Central Ohio using DubLink fibers. Dublin's 120-mile optical fiber system is 100 percent underground and has access to two carrier hotels, three Central Offices and eight Points of Presence, or POPs, providing significant redundancy and capacity to the global Internet. Other companies such as the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), IGS Energy, Battelle and CareWorks also utilize the city's optical fiber infrastructure.
In addition, the City of Dublin joined forces with the Ohio Academic Research Network (OARnet), in establishing the Central Ohio Research Network (CORN) linking education and commerce for research and economic development. Dublin's optical fiber route connects directly to the Ohio Supercomputer. Through this connection, OARnet, the most advanced statewide research network in the country, links Ohio's colleges and universities, research labs, and hospitals via 1,850 miles of high-speed broadband. The connection provides a dedicated research network to enable businesses, government and schools to connect directly to the Ohio Supercomputer, and institutes of higher learning and research.
DubLink's optical fiber system is connected to Bluemile, a carrier hotel and cloud computing center, and to DataCenter.BZ, a Tier IV, carrier-neutral data center. Any users of the Dublin-owned optical fibers can access these facilities for the purpose of interconnecting to other major carriers at a very low cost. This enables these users to avoid costly carrier charges and pay only interconnectivity fees. Additionally, cloud computing and other services enhancing Dublin businesses' computing needs are made available by these facilities.
In 2010, the city, in partnership with HighSpeedAir, completed the construction of a 24-square-mile Wi-Fi system covering the City of Dublin. This unique public/private partnership with HighSpeedAir, which deployed and manages the city-owned Wi-Fi network, enables residents, businesses and city operations to gain access to the Wi-Fi network. This system provides mobility options, and both primary and redundant systems for businesses and residents alike.
As technology-based companies seek new locations, broadband is as vital to their location decision as freeway access and other utilities. Forward-thinking, intelligent companies will find those assets and more in the City of Dublin, Ohio — one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities in the world.
For more information on the City of Dublin, visit www.DublinEconDev.com or call 614-410-4618.
outhern Virginia probably isn't the first place people would think of when asked about a world class broadband network, but Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) has been successful in bringing the region to the forefront of the telecommunications industry since early 2000. One result of MBC's success is the creation of GigaParks.
What Makes a GigaPark a GigaPark? MBC does.
In early 2000, with the rural economies in Southern Virginia suffering, business leaders from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tobacco Commission came together to discuss ways to revitalize the regional economy. These officials found that companies that were looking to locate in the region said they liked the workforce, tax abatements, and pro-business environment, but couldn't withstand the cost of high-speed telecommunication services, which were exponentially more expensive than other metropolitan areas.
These leaders conceived the idea of an open-access broadband network that would become what is known as today as Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative.
The concept was based on four key thoughts: 1) Build a network to bring competition and let the private sector telecom providers do what they do best. 2) Provide open access to the network and level the playing field. 3) Create a sustainable organization and keep expenses in line with revenues. 4) Provide flat rate pricing based on bandwidth, not distance.
Why are GigaParks More Conducive for Business?
In 2008, MBC expanded the capacity of its fiber-optic broadband network across 60 business, industrial and technology parks. Because of their access to MBC's state-of-the-art connectivity and ability to provide high capacity connections at low costs, these parks were designated as "GigaParks" in January 2009.
GigaParks now feature a number of advantages for businesses looking to locate their operations in the United States:
An advanced 400 gigabit-per-second low latency backbone network to key Tier 1 peering points in Northern Virginia and the Southeast;
Low power and bandwidth costs;
Extremely competitive tax rates;
Low construction costs and costs per square foot for space;
A wide range of real estate inventory, including fully built, expandable and greenfield sites;
A highly dedicated and skilled work force;
Robust power and network redundancy;
Access to multiple major fiber-optic and telecom service providers at each GigaPark;
Located in Virginia, named "The Best State for Business" by Forbes.com four years in a row and the "Top State for Business" by CNBC in 2009 and 2011; and
Virginia's GigaParks are perfectly placed near major markets like Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Raleigh/Research Triangle Park, N.C., and beyond, with easy access to major Interstates, including I-95, I-81 and I-85, as well as the abundance of international airports the area has to offer.
Recently, the reach of the GigaPark initiative has expanded into Southwest Virginia and now offers potential tenants approximately 100 locations from which to choose.
Success of MBC drives regional economic development success
Today MBC owns and operates a 1,500-mile carrier-class optical network powered regionally by Ciena optical electronics and Infinera digital optical electronics for long-haul operations. This advanced fiber optic network has provided many successes for MBC, GigaParks, and economic development in Southern and Southwest Virginia. The two most recent successes announced were: Microsoft beginning their next generation data center project with an investment of $500 million in the region, and ICF International expanding to Henry County, with an operations center that will create 500+ jobs in Southern Virginia.
MBC is seeing a tremendous growth in prospects that are now considering new operations in this region with high capacity and low costs. Because of the strategic infrastructure investments made by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Economic Development Administration, and most recently the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration, we're seeing positive momentum in our region. Both domestic and international investments are being targeted for our rural region, and we're proud to be a part of the economic growth which has been made possible by advanced open-access optical backbone networks.