ConnectArlington is the future of digital telecommunication services for Arlington County. Currently it is a fiber-optic, high-speed, dedicated network that links County and Schools buildings, ensuring that the government, the schools and the community will benefit as demand for digital services continually increases over the long term.
Originally developed by Arlington County Government to connect all of the County’s facilities and the public school system together using high-speed broad band technology through the use of underground dark (dedicated) fiber, the County had the foresight to recognize the need for additional resources and technological capability in the future, therefore installing additional conduits in the ground to enable the County to expand its use of dark fiber.
The scenario is much like Arlington’s foresight to run the Metrorail through its major business corridors to set the stage for smart growth development. Today, this new phase of ConnectArlington readies Arlington to become a technology leader in the region, sharing that advanced technology and the opportunities it provides to enhance the business community.
ConnectArlington brings Arlington’s technology infrastructure to the forefront of not only the region, but the entire country by making available its dark fiber to businesses locating in Arlington for the purpose of stimulating economic development.
ConnectArlington will give businesses the opportunity to connect at speeds significantly faster than currently available around the Capital region. What’s more – ConnectArlington provides direct, dedicated fiber with the highest levels of security to provide unprecedented opportunities for secure collaboration with the nation’s top defense and research agencies, including the Pentagon.
Arlington is a destination where businesses can access this level of speed, security and redundancy in a fiber line while still maintaining a competitive pricing structure. This communication infrastructure will be an added value and will differentiate Arlington from other communities in the region and across the Country and globally.
How it Works
Arlington will grant dark fiber licenses to businesses, including service providers, ensuring service is competitive and easily available. View the standard ConnectArlington Master Dark Fiber License Agreement February 2016 , the ConnectArlington-Schedule-of-Rates-and-Fees , and the County’s ConnectArlington Administrative Regulations.
Arlington also ensures universities, research centers, government buildings and Federal agencies are connected – providing additional collaboration opportunities at unprecedented levels of speed and security.
Implementing this program of licensing dark fiber to local businesses sets Arlington apart from neighboring communities as well as nationally and globally. Arlington will be the only place for businesses to receive this level of service and security and the only place offering such dedicated lines to the nation’s top defense and research organizations.
The opportunities ConnectArlington gives Arlington businesses are endless; jobs will be created and innovative investments will be made here as a result of this game-changing infrastructure.
A portion of the dark fiber network is dedicated for government use only, locally and at the federal level, where the terms of the license will accommodate the government needs. This will enable agencies, universities and the private sector to link directly and securely with each other.
- Network Connecting Major Business Centers
- Significant amount of Dark Fiber
- Phase 1 Completed (Connecting Government and Schools)
- Network Available for Businesses in 2016
- License Agreement
- Third-party Service Provider
- Create an Innovation Community
- Connect Government, Universities and Private Sector via Secure Network
- Increase Commercial Tax Base
ConnectArlington Fact Sheet: What is it, why are we doing it, and how can we benefit from it?