Arlington To Extend County Fiber Optic Network To Businesses

Officials in Arlington are making their pitch to transform the county into a high-tech hub by announcing the expansion of their fiber optic network to area businesses and federal agencies.

The program, called ConnectArlington, is a dedicated high-speed broadband network currently used to connect county facilities and Arlington County Public Schools. County officials say leasing the unused or “dark” fiber to the private sector will make the county more attractive to businesses that require greater Internet speeds and bandwidth

“Arlington will be the only place for businesses to receive this level of service and security and will be the only place offering such dedicated lines to the nation’s top defense and research organizations,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “The opportunities ConnectArlington gives Arlington businesses are endless; we anticipate this game-changing infrastructure will attract jobs and innovative investments to our community.”

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