Following 9/11, Washington DC built a muni fiber network for government use. We wrote about it Breaking the Broadband Monopoly -- noting its strong record of success. The Washington Examiner has noted that DC-Net is looking for expansion opportunites.
The city invested $87 million into D.C.-Net to get there. It now has 350 miles of fiber optic cable connecting city agencies at 355 locations in all eight wards. More than 33,000 District employees use it every day, and it handles calls to the emergency 911 call center and the city's 311 information line. The District also hasn't spent a dime on it since 2007. Instead, the network runs on a surplus, which is reinvested into its infrastructure, officials said. Now, the city stands to earn millions by leasing access to the network out to federal agencies.
While private companies constantly claim that local governments have no capacity to run fiber broadband neworks, DC-Net has proven not only can munis run these networks, they can offer faster speeds, lower prices, and better reliability. Now DC-Net has a $1.6 million contract with US Office of Personnel Management.