MVCC GATEway Fiber Project

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.  

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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.”


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.

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 or contact MVCC at 438-8887.