[GovTech] Cincinnati Building Fiber Ring and Pursuing Smart City Projects Downtown

 City of Cincinnati leaders spoke at the Spring Smart Cincy Summit in April 2017 to spark community engagement and raise awareness around smart city efforts.

City of Cincinnati leaders spoke at the Spring Smart Cincy Summit in April 2017 to spark community engagement and raise awareness around smart city efforts.

As it builds a downtown fiber network, Cincinnati is laying the foundation for improved traffic management and other smart city initiatives, as well as offering the kind of communications infrastructure necessary to further grow the region’s economic development efforts.

“I think it will make our downtown footprint that much more attractive to existing businesses, and people who want to live downtown, as well as businesses that are not currently located in Cincinnati that may say, ‘you know, because you’ve got the power there, and you’ve got the fiber, it would be advantageous for us to look at Cincinnati,’” said Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.

The city is installing 20,000 feet of fiber-optic cable around the central business district, while also bisecting the area with another line of cable. The nearly $9 million project is structured as four separate conduits with two of those being dedicated to municipal needs and the other two available to the private sector.

“So with the other two, we’re going to build it and look for ways to monetize them,” Black explained.

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