February 11, 2020
MIAMI VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL GATEWAY FIBER PROJECT RECEIVES 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.