Cleveland to Build Commercially Available 100 Gigabit Fiber Network

  • OneCommunity
CLEVELAND, OH — The city of Cleveland and OneCommunity are installing the nation’s first commercially available metropolitan 100 gigabit network. The 100 gigabit network will connect in downtown Cleveland, through Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) to University Circle. The innovative $1.02 million project will be made possible through a recently-awarded, $700,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant combined with supplemental funding from the city of Cleveland and OneCommunity setting a new gold standard for connectivity.

Strong Regional Collaboration
“EDA is pleased to invest in the strong regional collaboration being led by the city of Cleveland and OneCommunity to establish a network that will connect the Health-Tech Corridor,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “This public/private partnership will drive innovation and job creation for the city and regional businesses to support entrepreneurs and advance the region’s reputation as a destination for innovation.”

“Health technology is an important, prominent and promising industry within the city of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “With the announcement of this 100 gigabit network, Cleveland is established as a center for innovation, while providing our area businesses with a competitive advantage that will allow more job opportunities to be created for residents.”

100 Gigbit Network Marks the New Gold Standard

“We are extremely enthusiastic about our partnership with the City of Cleveland and excited to be at the forefront of a project that is destined to become the new gold standard for broadband connectivity. Consistent with our mission, we embrace 100 gigabit as a job creation engine for the City. Offering the first 100 gigabit capability, specifically in the Health-Tech Corridor, incentivizes local and national fast-growing companies to locate and remain here,” says OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick.

Companies reliant on the transmission of Big Data recognize the importance of having the fastest broadband availability. By lighting up its 100 gigabit network, Cleveland and OneCommunity are enabling a first mover advantage in response to the insatiable demand for speed and availability posed by Big Data companies, data centers and wireless carriers. Today, Big Data consumption demands the movement of more information at a significantly faster pace. This is especially true for companies involved with healthcare, technology and research.

Construction of the 100 gigabit network will commence in early 2015, designed to connect from Idea Center, numerous buildings and land parcels throughout the Health-Tech Corridor, to Case Western Reserve University and the University Circle area, to help drive economic development in the area. Targeted completion is slated for early summer.

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