MVCC GATEway Fiber Project

06-21-20 TROTWOOD SEEKS FEMA FUNDS FOR NETWORK EXPANSION
CENTERVILLE, Ohio --
Trotwood is seeking FEMA funds to tap into a collaborative fiber optics network, a move officials say will help the tornado-damaged 
 city recover with improved communications while expanding the south suburban initiative to northern Dayton-area communities.
 
Trotwood is applying for up to $1.7 million in federal disaster relief after the Memorial Day tornadoes last year for money to hook 
 up to the Miami Valley Communications Council’s GATEway Fiber Network, access to which would benefit schools and businesses in the 
 city, said Stephanie Kellum, Trotwood deputy city manager. 
 
Trotwood’s inclusion into the MVCC’s fiber optics network would extend the 44-mile network by about 50% and provide a further chance 
 for its expansion around Dayton, said council Executive Director Jay Weiskircher. 
 
“Our hope is to form a much larger ring around the entire Dayton area,” Weiskircher said of the network that includes MVCC members 
 Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton.
 
“So if Trotwood comes in, that gives us a pathway to the north suburbs and….we want to basically encircle Dayton. And that would be 
 a positive for everybody involved,” he added. 
 
Construction on the $1.14 million technology ring started in January 2019 and all member users had access by this past February, 
 according to MVCC. MVCC members cities say they see a variety of advantages with the system. Miamisburg officials say that city is 
 in the last steps to convert its internet service provider to the fiber network and expects to save several thousands of dollars in 
 fees for that service.
 
“But we look forward to even more collaboration with the other participating cities to also provide better access to technology 
 within our organization and for businesses and residents within the community,” Miamisburg Public Information Officer Gary Giles 
 said in an email. 
 
The system allows a greater choice in vendors for Kettering telecom services, connecting police dispatch centers for some cities, 
 shares a 911 call answering system, and lowers support and maintenance costs for other public safety technology, according to Drew 
 Miller, that city’s administrative systems director.
 
The network provides connectivity capable of supporting high bandwidth applications and the capability to extend the fiber network 
 into adjacent communities as desired, the MVCC’s website states. Kettering has been online since June 2019 and the improved internet 
 service “made it much easier for us to have a large number of employees working from home during the (coronavirus) lockdown,” 
 according to Miller.
 
Sinclair Community College uses the network as an MVCC customer through the Miami Valley Educational Computer Association in Yellow 
 Springs, Weiskircher said. If Trotwood were to hook up, it would also be a customer of the network, he added.
 
Trotwood’s Federal Emergency Management Agency application involves economic development, Kellum said in an email “This recovery 
 effort helps cities develop strategies to make the municipality more sustainable financially and to become more resilient in the 
 future,” she said. “With our project we plan to mitigate communications issues that occurred during the tornado clean up. Due to the 
 tornado, homes and businesses lost gas, electricity and internet access. This created safety concerns and impeded communication.” 
 The fiber optics network would benefit Trotwood in several ways, Kellum said.
 
“With higher speed internet in our city, we expect to lower costs due to competition….this would give businesses located in Trotwood 
 and the surrounding area internet needed to conduct business efficiently,” she said.
 
“It would allow our schools to have better connectivity, which should improve workforce readiness for students. This, of course, 
 also makes businesses more successful,” Kellum added. The business community is also a factor in the goal to extend the fiber optics 
 ring to other northern Dayton suburbs, Weiskircher said.
 
“That would be a good thing for economic development,” he said. “That’s something that a lot of companies are looking for in terms 
 of fiber access based on what their data storage needs are and things of that nature.” Trotwood and the MVCC are still discussing 
 costs for the tap in and a decision on the city’s FEMA application may come this summer, Weiskircher said.
 
If Trotwood connects to the network, the costs may be anywhere from $1 million to $1.7 million, Kellum said. There could be multiple 
 cost-sharing agreements involving Trotwood-Madison schools, the business community, the MVCC and the MVECA.
 
Those pacts may also involve “adjoining cities who choose to connect to the ring and other service providers who want to join this 
 market,” she said. “Eventually, we hope to offer services to residential customers allowing them to receive better services at lower 
 costs.”
02-11-20 MVCC WINS SMART 50 AWARD
CENTERVILLE, Ohio -- The Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) and its member cities (Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton) have been recognized as a global ‘Smart 50 Award’ winner for 2020. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, recognize and honor the 50 most transformative, innovative and influential ‘Smart City’ projects each year from a dozen countries around the world.  
 
MVCC’s GATEway Fiber Network project, one of the first multi-jurisdictional fiber networks in the country, was one of 11 winners in the Urban Infrastructure category. This project creates a foundation for all future data sharing initiatives across the region. 
 
“We are honored to be recognized among the top tier of ‘Smart City’ endeavors in the United States,” Jay Weiskircher, Executive Director of MVCC said, “and are grateful to work with the cities involved to provide the area with more capabilities to achieve greater sustainability, reliability and accessibility through shared and cooperative investments in new technologies.”  
 
The GATEway project will enable cities to pursue individual and collective ‘Smart City’ strategies appropriate for each jurisdiction. Enhancing public safety and security measures for local and regional residents, improving access to e-services, and lowering internal and external costs are all key focuses and objectives within each municipality.
 
Network construction of this underground fiber optic network spans 44 miles across, around and through Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton. Planning for the project began six years ago and construction began in January 2019. The optic fiber network provides connections to each municipality’s main government building and affords each city the capability to use the network as deemed appropriate for their individual jurisdiction’s needs. The cost of the project was $1.14 million and was borne by the seven cities based on per capita contributions. Today, all cities have direct, municipal-owned, fiber connectivity capable of supporting high bandwidth applications and providing the capability to extend the fiber network into adjacent communities as desired.
 
“The fiber optic ring is a selling point for economic development efforts as well as an example of partnership among political jurisdictions. The support, vision and leadership from each of the seven City Councils helped to get the project in motion,” said Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis, who served as chair of MVCC’s Government Technology Committee when the project began last year and was also the driving force behind the submission of the Smart 50 Award Application.
 
MVCC served as the administrative body for the implementation of the project and will be the leader in marketing available excess fiber and negotiating agreements with partners and customers using the fiber network. 
 
MVCC also partnered with the Miami Valley Education Computing Association (MVECA) to complete the project. MVECA is a consortium of schools and service centers across Ohio and offers some of the highest broadband speeds and connectivity in the United States. Thor Sage, MVECA Executive Director said, “The GATEway Fiber Network is an example of how collaboration and partnership can help us all win victories for education, government, and the communities in which we live.” 
 
MVCC, formed in the mid-1970s, is a municipal communications and technology organization representing eight member cities and 23 affiliate member communities throughout the Miami Valley region. Its primary mission is to develop and implement cost-effective intergovernmental projects and cooperative programs.  

For more information, contact Jay Weiskircher, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
 
 
06-10-19   MVCC FIBER LIGHTING CEREMONY

On Thursday, June 13th, the Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) will hold a ceremony to mark the official launch of the GATEway Fiber Network, a 44-mile high speed public fiber optic network. 

The GATEway Fiber Network, one of the first multi-jurisdictional fiber optic networks in the country, is a collaborative partnership that links MVCC, the Miami Valley Educational Computer Association (MVECA), and the cities of Kettering, Centerville, Oakwood, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Springboro in a 10-gigabit data network.

This $1.14m infrastructure investment allows the cities to partner more efficiently on joint technology projects, to gain economy of scale on shared telecommunication services such as internet access, and allows the cities to interconnect dispatch and emergency operations centers thereby increasing the reliability of public safety response. “This project was first envisioned nearly 20 years ago and through the dedicated leadership of the elected and appointed officials from our member communities, our residents, business and schools will now be able to benefit from the shared vision and innovative spirit that embodies MVCC” said JoAnne Rau, Centerville City Council Member and MVCC Board Chair.

Located in Yellow Springs, MVECA is one of 18 Information Technology Centers (ITC) licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.  Founded in 1980 and reorganized as Regional Council of Governments in 2006, MVECA is a non-profit organization and has a long history of providing high quality, low cost technology services to local school districts. 

MVECA has managed construction of the fiber optic network and will provide internet access and network management services to the seven municipalities.  MVECA’s access to the GATEway Fiber Network assists its mission to provide cost effective technology services to its educational and government customers. Importantly, school districts that connect to the network will have immediate access to the Ohio Academic Research Network and affiliated data centers.

“The GATEway Fiber Network is an example of how schools and governments can save money and create efficiencies through regional collaboration. The GATEway network will help all of our partners control costs and establish the critical infrastructure needed to support modernization. MVECA is exceptionally proud to be part of this project” said Thor Sage, MVECA’s Executive Director.

By creating a public fiber network, MVCC and its member cities will encourage other government agencies, non-profits and businesses to utilize capacity on the GATEway Fiber Network to spur innovation, encourage business growth, and establish a foundation for upcoming technologies such as 5G, autonomous vehicles and smart city infrastructure.  

MVCC has been actively soliciting partners to utilize the network and has reached a preliminary agreement with EdgeConnect, a provider of edge computing data center colocation and cloud infrastructure.

EdgeConnect President and co-founder, Shawn Grow, adds: “EdgeConnect is excited to work with MVCC to help manage and grow this network by creating a neutral-host environment enabling competitive communications services, mobile networks for IoT devices, local and secure colocation and hosting services, and high performance computing services for Deep Learning, AI, 3D Modeling, surveillance analytics, and the like.

These services will improve community value for both residents and businesses and create the infrastructure for further economic development.”

 

05-06-19    THE SOUTHERN MIAMI VALLEY SHARED COMMUNITY FIBER NETWORK PROJECT
For more than 20 years, the Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) and its member cities have been exploring the possibility of creating a fiber optic network. The intent of this effort is to create a public fiber network in southern Montgomery County and northern Warren County, thereby connecting the MVCC cities. The project would further evaluate opportunities for cost savings and ways to consolidate or share technology services by strategically enhancing existing city fiber optic infrastructure with new fiber optic construction. The project will be enhanced through strategic partnerships with
non-profit and for-profit partners.
 
• After evaluating options and discussion with several interested partners, the recommended course of action is to pursue funding a fiber optic construction project to connect the existing MVCC city fiber networks and create a 40 mile fiber loop that connects the government centers of seven out of the eight MVCC cities as well as other strategic locations.
• The seven cities (Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro, and West Carrollton) will utilize the loop to provide: lower cost, higher speed internet service; redundancy in internet service, to minimize service disruptions; the ability to share services and equipment, such as a system-wide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony, off-site back-up data storage, and crime-mapping systems; and the ability to share software through the system connection.
• The fiber network, in addition to connecting the MVCC cities, will also serve as a public fiber network that will directly serve any political subdivision, State or County agency, K-12, colleges, non-profit, or tax exempt entity and allow them to utilize the Ohio Academic Research Network (OARnet) and affiliated data centers.
• The third component of the fiber network will be to serve the business and economic development needs of the MVCC communities through the sale of fiber network to local, regional, and national carriers and to large regional employers with multiple locations.
 
The Miami Valley Educational Computer Association (MVECA) will have the responsibility of managing and maintaining the entire fiber network (other than the one section already constructed and owned by Independents Fiber Network). Member cities and others who are either partners in or customers of the fiber network will be billed for services provided including, but not be limited to (1) fiber transport costs;
(2) network connection or access fees; (3) internet access cost (4) voice services (5) maintenance of the network, and (6) other data center supported services, help desk, staff augmentation, etc. provided by MVCC or its contractor.
 
The first additional connection to this fiber network will be Sinclair College’s newest branch facility, located on Clyo Road in Centerville. This extension will consist of running a optical fiber service entry (four strands) to the new facility (approximately 250 feet) from the fiber line on Clyo Rd, and providing two strands of fiber to Sinclair College so that they have a direct connection to MVECA, who will be providing OARnet service to Sinclair. This work will be completed by May, 2019.
 
Funding for a portion of the project costs was obtained through the Ohio Capital Improvements Funding Program. These funds will pay for:
 
(1) The extension of the fiber optic line from Bigger Rd. along the Clyo Road right-of-way to the Sinclair College’s new facility;
(2) The provision of a four-strand connection with terminations from the right-of-way to the primary network equipment room of the new facility;
(3) A portion of the construction associated with the new fiber network ring, that will allow the opportunity for Sinclair College to access the system, including the two strands of fiber
connection from Sinclair’s new campus to MVECA; and
(4) The payment of a “maintenance fee”, which covers fiber transport costs, network connection or access fees, maintenance of the network charges to be shared by all users of the fiber network ring, for a two-year period. Fiber transport costs include 29 miles of existing fiber (two strands at 14.5 miles) between MVECA and the MVCC network at $180 per month per fiber strand ($4,320 annually).

05-02-19    MVCC GATEway Fiber PROJECT aricle in the Dayton Business Journal
Check out the article in the Dayton Business Journal on the MVCC fiber project.  A big MVCC thanks to Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis for making mention of the project during a recent presentation by JobsOhio President J.P. Nauseef.https://bit.ly/2VDZPPP

05-01-19     MVCC GATEway Fiber Project
You may have wondered what is happening with the giant spools of blue and orange conduit being installed throughout the Miami Valley.

Led by the elected officials of the member communities, the Miami Valley Communications Council Board and Miami Valley Education Computer Association, a fiber optic service ring is being installed to connect the communities of Kettering, Centerville, Oakwood, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Springboro.
 
This infrastructure investment, which is slated to be completed by late May, allows the cities to partner more efficiently on joint projects and to combine resources to gain economy of scale on shared technology services such as internet. In fact, the concept of this project was so unique that it was awarded $100,000.00 in Local Government Innovation Funds in 2013.
 
Longer term, the intent is that other area government entities (incl. libraries, schools, park districts), non-profits and businesses could become customers on the network and realize technology service improvements or cost savings. Moreover, excess fiber capacity being built-in to the ring can be sold or leased by MVCC to attract new telecom carriers and their services.    
 
Data service is now a highly demanded form of infrastructure for companies and a critical resource for public safety.  Partnering with our neighbors to install the fiber-ring makes the project more affordable and allows us to connect our emergency operations centers to theirs increasing the reliability of our system, particularly in the case of a disaster or citywide outage. 
 
MVCC is proud to coordinate this regional project and know that offering this modern infrastructure amenity is not only a valuable tool for economic development initiatives, but residents will also benefit through the introduction of new technology carriers in the local market.   For more information please visit mvcc.org or contact MVCC at 438-8887.

MVCC Twitter