Westminster, Md. Announces RFP for Citywide Fiber Network

WESTMINSTER, MD — The city of Westminster has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the first phase of construction of a citywide fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will ultimately connect every business and residence to a high capacity broadband network. The Westminster Fiber Network will be the first municipal FTTP network in the mid-Atlantic area, and one of the first in the United States to utilize a stratified utility bandwidth business model.

The stratified approach separates the capital expenditures and operating responsibilities into three tiers:

  1. Municipal dark fiber

  2. Network operator

  3. Individual service providers

This enables open network operations, decreased capital outlays for network service business, decreased capital and operating risk, and increased margins. Ultimately, the stratified utility bandwidth model delivers enhanced broadband services at a fraction of the cost of other delivery models.

Mayor Kevin Utz approved the project for the fiscal year 2015 budget after years of research and planning. “This is the kind of careful infrastructure investment that will ensure a vibrant economy and a high standard of living for every citizen of Westminster,” said Mayor Utz. The project also has the unanimous support of the city council.

The city retained CTC Technology and Energy of Kensington, Md. as the city’s consultant for planning and engineering the Westminster Fiber Network.

Connecting 9,000 Homes and 500 Businesses
The Westminster Fiber Network will reach approximately 9,000 homes and 500 businesses in Westminster. The first phase will break ground summer of 2014, and will include two business parks adjacent to the Carroll County Regional Airport, as well as a residential community on the west side of town, including the Carroll Lutheran Village residential retirement community.

The Westminster Fiber Network interconnects with the Carroll County Business Network (CCBN), a county-owned middle-mile fiber network. Connections to regional Internet points of presence (PoPs) in Baltimore and Washington D.C. will be made through regional Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) fiber, a federally funded broadband network of public fiber through the BTOP program. The Carroll County network already connects all schools, libraries, senior centers, county offices and municipal offices on a public network.


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