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Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida's Lakeland | community broadband networks

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida's Lakeland | community broadband networks | Colocation | Scoop.it

Near the center of Florida sits Lakeland, the largest city between Orlando and Tampa with 98,000 residents. The area boasts 38 lakes, citrus crops, and a growing healthcare industry. Lakeland also owns a fiber optic network serving education, business, and government. To learn more, we spoke with Paul Meyer, Lakeland Electric Fiber Optics Supervisor.

 

The city's municipal electric company, Lakeland Electric, began generating and providing electricity to customers in its service territory in 1904. In the mid 1990s, the utility began replacing older copper connections between substations with fiber-optic cable. Soon after, the Polk County School District asked Lakeland Electric to connect school facilities via the fiber network for video transmissions. By 1997, almost 50 school facilities were connected to each other via using dark fiber provided by Lakeland Electric. The District paid $219,582 to the utility to design, construct, and install equipment for video connections. The school received an indefeasible right of use for two fibers over which Verizon delivers data and voice services.

 

Meyer noted that the fiber project likely cost more than the school paid but the installation gave them the opportunity to expand the network. Further expansion connected the police department, libraries, and water facilities. Over time, the electric utility has incrementally expanded to every building engaged in city business. The network is aerial, using the utility's own poles to mount the fiber.

 

Like a few other communities on our map, including Martin County Florida, Lakeland took advantage of the opportunity to expand when the state's Intelligent Transportation System expanded in the area. In 2003, the State of Florida funded fiber expansion to 177 additional intersections in Lakeland. The State and Lakeland Electric entered a 20 year dark fiber lease to serve the system at the new intersections. The expanded backbone allowed the utility to build out the network even farther.

 

Lakeland Electric soon began leasing dark fiber to its largest customer, Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Meyers also notes that associated clinics and healthcare facilities within the geographic area of the hospital connect to the network. The hospital's personnel manage its own network so costs are predictable and information systems talent is onsite.

 

Meyers estimates the hospital system paid $5,000 - $6,000 per month for managed services from Verizon prior to joining the city infrastructure. Now, the hospital pays significantly less at $100 per fiber, per mile, per month. The hospital uses 10 gig connections between facilities for advanced telehealth applications.

 

Colo5, offering colocation services, disaster recovery, and cloud services, is expanding to Lakeland and will be connected via Lakeland Electric. The company has recently finished constructing a secure building and will serve a number of customers, including Level 3, TW Telecom, Verizon, Fiberlight, and Brighthouse in the Lakeland facility.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Colocation Will Be a $10 Billion Market by 2017, Research Firm Says - Data Center Knowledge

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Illinois Technology Association: Buzz - Global Colocation Solutions ...

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DATATRAK International · Global Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne Announces Sponsorship of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013. October 4, 2013 / Submitted by sthomas. Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne has announced ...
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Global colocation market to exceed $43 billion in 2018

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