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    Cleveland's 100 Gig, "The Gold Standard for Connectivity"


    Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor is about to turn into the city’s main artery with a powerful new piece of infrastructure, anchored by world-class hospitals and universities. Having an advanced fiber optic/digital network connecting downtown and University Circle by mid-year 2015, Cleveland will become the first city in the country to offer commercial internet service at 100 gigabits per seconds along the 3 mile Health-Tech Corridor further enhancing one of the regions’ fastest growing research corridors. 

    CEO of OneCommunity, Lev Gonick says Cleveland will be setting the new “Gold Standard” for connectivity.

    The 100-gigabit network will provide "the fastest commercial internet capacity in the nation," stated Brett Lindsey, C.O.O. of OneCommunity. It will be operational next year in a slice of Cleveland that stretches from the Global Health Innovation Center downtown to Case Western Reserve University passing through the Health-Tech Corridor. 

    Fiber Means Business: Jeff Epstein, Director of the Health-Tech Corridor stated in the video link below, "This network is the Autobahn of fiber, enabling businesses here and those that relocate here, to grow and innovate."

    By lacing the corridor with fiber, OneCommunity may be leading Cleveland into a new era. “The new dimension of infrastructure in cities is not what we see,” said Chris Ronayne, the president of University Circle Inc. “It’s digital. Location matters, but the logistics matter just as much. On the logistics side, this should put Cleveland first in class in the nation and in the world.”

    Tracey Nichols, Director of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development, "This puts Cleveland on the cutting edge of new technology leading to new business in the City of Cleveland and allowing us to follow the future of healthcare and tele-medicine, using Big Data to find better ways to cure diseases."

    ByteGrid, a national company that is expanding an existing data center near downtown Cleveland, will be connecting with the 100 gigabit network. This will allow the company to sell data storage and retrieval services at speeds not previously available.

    "It's going to be a big opportunity for Cleveland," said Don Goodwin, ByteGrid's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We're excited to be a part of it."

    The fiber network is a $1 million dollar project funded with $714.000 from an Economic Development Administration Grant, $200,000 from the City of Cleveland, and $100,000 from OneCommunity

    Also check out Ideastream's David Molpus's radio report.