Colorado Council Selects Ciena for Regional Fiber Network, Including Public Safety
Thursday, August 01, 2019 | Comments

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) selected Ciena and its partners to build a regional fiber network known as Project THOR. Funded in part by grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and local government contributions, the network will connect about 400 miles of existing public and private fiber and has the potential to provide more than 230,000 residents access to more bandwidth at more competitive pricing.

Serving the region for 38 years, NWCCOG represents 28 jurisdictions in a five-county region of northwest Colorado covering 7,000 square miles. It provides the critical mass needed to take advantage of state and local programs.

The project delivers reliable and lower cost broadband access to local internet service providers, participating state and local governments, schools, libraries, and healthcare and public-safety facilities through 10 landing points dispersed throughout the region. The goals of Project THOR are to lower the costs of broadband access and improve the reliability of the network, which is currently prone to mass failures when a fiber line is cut.

“Whenever there’s a fiber cut, it impacts not only consumers in our towns, but cellphone carriers, public-safety centers, schools, hospitals and other critical services,” said Nate Walowitz, regional broadband director, NWCCOG. “By leveraging the fantastic technical and engineering support from Ciena, we can offer carrier-grade services and have a real-time view into our network, as well as the ability to reroute traffic in the event of an outage.”

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