Dublin, OH, has selected altafiber for a public-private partnership to create a 10 Gbps fiber network serving all residents of the city. The service provider will invest about $35 million to the project, which will take three years to complete. Some residents will have access to the network during the second half of 2024.
Altafiber – which was formerly known as Cincinnati Bell — also will support either a city innovation center or public Wi-Fi enhances. The city will decide between the two projects.
“This undertaking, coupled with Dublink, the 100-Gig Fiber Optic Network available to Dublin businesses, will make Dublin the most connected City in the U.S.,” the city said in a press release.
Altafiber was the winning respondent to a request for proposal issued last July 8. There were six other proposals. The city says that altafiber was chosen on factors including price, buildout plan, stability, experience and partnerships.
“Altafiber is proud to partner with the City of Dublin on this important project. Access to employment, educational, and healthcare opportunities depends on gigabit connectivity – which is a powerful economic development tool,” Jason Praeter, altafiber’s president of consumer & small business, said in a press release. “We look forward to delivering an outstanding customer experience in Dublin, and being increasingly involved in this great community.”
Altafiber is investing more than $1.5 billion in southwest Ohio. It is involved in several public-private partnerships in Kentucky and Ohio.
In March, the company reached a public-private partnership agreement with Warren County, OH. The project will bring fiber-based gigabit service to about 50,000 single-family units and 2,000 multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The service provider will invest about $100 million in the project. The county is investing $4.8 million it received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Earlier in March, altafiber agreed to a public-private partnership with Butler County, also in Ohio, to provide fiber-based access to about 50,000 single-family residences and 8,000 MDUs. Altafiber is investing $100 million in the project. The county will provide $10 million in funding it is receiving from ARPA.