District School Connectivity Project underway
Project will build new district fiber network
A recently started fiber construction project is designed to meet the network and Internet connectivity needs of Adams 12 Five Star Schools for years to come.
Construction work for the district’s School Connectivity Project got underway in August. A new district-wide dark fiber network was identified as part of the 2016 Bond Program. Dark fiber refers to a network where the district has control over the capacity and use of the network. The network being constructed by the district includes unused capacity to provide for future growth.
In 2017, district staff, with the support of its community led Long Range Planning Advisory Committee, analyzed several options including a new or continued network lease agreement (similar to current district practice) or the construction of its own network.
In choosing self-construction, the district identified a number of benefits including future expansion opportunities; long-term ownership as opposed to a lease agreement; future educational opportunities and the potential for partnerships with community partners.
Construction company Henkels & McCoy was selected in Spring 2017 to handle construction of the network. Over the next two years, they will build a nearly 100-mile fiber network that will connect all district schools and facilities together.
The project will be two-fold with construction currently underway on the installation of lateral fiber connections on district property at each school and district facility. Work will then start on the construction of the network backbone in the public right-of-way, which will interconnect all schools and facilities.
Construction of the network is expected to cost about $20 million and is anticipated to be completed in early 2020. The network is being designed with redundant features that would prevent schools and facilities from losing service even in the event of a fiber cut or outage. The network will support all district connectivity needs including Internet access, connections to education systems, online assessments, data systems/servers, the phone system, and security and control systems.