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    Lighting Up the Network of Tomorrow, Now


    Cleveland. 4th Quarter 2015. 100 Gigs. OneCommunity will be lighting up the first and only commercially available 100 Gigabit fiber network in the country. The network will traverse and span the 1,600 acre 3-mile Health-Tech Corridor (HTC), home to Cleveland’s accelerating high-tech community, and further position Cleveland as a Smart City. Public and private institutions and businesses will be able to leverage the power and potential of this infrastructure as a platform for exponential growth and innovation.
     
    This project is made possible through collaboration of stakeholders and development of public/private partnership team. The City of Cleveland and OneCommunity, along with IdeaStream and Case Western Reserve University, as co-applicants, were awarded an EDA Public Works grant in the amount of $714,860 with the City providing an additional $200,000 grant towards construction. The project will span the Health Tech Corridor with approximately 15,000 feet of fiber optic cable and initially connect IdeaStream to Case Western Reserve University, while also offering those located along the HTC the ability to tap into the network.
     
    OneCommunity, founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization, is one of the largest providers of broadband services and mission-based programming. Their current network spans 2,400 miles over 23 counties in northern Ohio, and connects some 1,800 facilities, with a total network cost of approximately $200 million dollars. OneCommunity’s mission-based programming has a focus in health and wellness, and connecting educational and research institutions, which all provide benefit to the economic prosperity of the local and regional communities.
     
    The network will help unify, orchestrate and catalyze collaboration across the public and private sectors, and truly create an ecosystem of innovation. As Sue Workman of Case Western Reserve states, “The 100 gig network will help to accelerate the speed of innovation by facilitating fast data transfer…and enable connections to other networks, streamline communication and spur engagement with the local community and economy.”
     
    An example of the potential is the revolution of the virtual classroom as Case Western Reserve and Microsoft have partnered to utilize the technology of HoloLens for the classroom of tomorrow. HoloLens is the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer. It enables holograms to come to life through the simultaneous connection and sequencing of data from hundreds of cameras, requiring a significant amount of storage, is reality with the 100 gig network. (YouTube Video)
     
    The network will provide area businesses with a huge competitive advantage and potential for exponential growth without being limited by future broadband demand. These ultra-high speed connections are an asset to the business community, and are not only attractive to the regional business community, but businesses on a global scale. This network will help fuel sustainable economic development and quality of life, and have capacity to be flexible and adaptable to the needs and demands of the future.



    Zach Fela, Development Finance Analyst I