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College Station Fiber Optic Cable

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  • 1. October 24, 2013
  • 2.     Jan 24 Workshop - Gig.U Executive Director Blair Levin addressed Council about the Gig.U initiative and why bandwidth was needed. April – RVTC formed under the RVP to coordinate and guide the initiative. April 25th Council Meeting, Consent item 2.b was approved to amend College Station’s Funding Agreement with the RVP to add the $25,000 for the next generation bandwidth effort. Oct 15th – RFI issued by the RVP
  • 3. The City owns and maintains over 170 miles of fiber optic cable that is used to provide connectivity to and between city facilities and equipment.
  • 4.    Consider the installation of fiber optic cable as basic infrastructure Consider making available for possible lease/rent to private entities city installed fiber optic conduit that contains inner duct that is not used or held in reserve by the city. Consider making available for possible lease/rent by private entities dark fiber that is not held in reserve by the city.
  • 5.  Should fiber optic cable be considered basic infrastructure, similar to water, electric and sewer during the construction or major rehabilitation of roadways*  Pros  Fiber and related infrastructure installed early and included in initial project planning – prevents having to install “after the fact”  Potential cost savings  Cons  Installed infrastructure may not be used for substantial period of time  Will significantly increase construction costs by increasing scope (Past project info: Tauber/Stasney cost $20.51/ft, Royder Rd cost ~$25/ft) *four lane major arterial or higher
  • 6.  This option would make available to private entities installed city fiber optic conduit that contains inner duct that is not used or held in reserve by the city. Two locations, 1) Texas Ave: Harvey Mitchell – City Hall, 2) Harvey Mitchell: Holleman Dr – Sandy Point  Pros  Possible revenue source  Attractive to private entities as cost savings and immediate availability  Cons  City becomes a service provider responsible for restoration and repair (Specific service levels would be addressed in contract documents).
  • 7.  This option would make available to private entities installed city fiber optic cable fiber strands  Pros  Possible revenue source  Attractive to private entities as cost savings  Cons  City becomes a service provider responsible for restoration and repair (Specific service levels would be addressed in contract documents.)  Additional resources may be needed.  Private strands would have to be broken off and not run through secure facilities

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