The county doesn’t manage or control 3rd party equipment. The agency leasing the fiber can use whatever equipment they choose to “light up the fiber”.
As noted strands are typically leased in pairs, functionally a “send pipe” and a “receive pipe” similar to a lanes in a road, where a “pair” is two strands. This means a 432 strand bundle can support 216 “2-way” connections. With expensive electronics each physical fiber pair can carry 8, 16, 32 or even 64 different signals corresponding to separate “links”.
Lots of fiber gives more options. Each fiber pair could be connected down the street or completely across the County. Those pairs could also stop at a junction and a small number of fibers could be run to an individual building. Once a pair is leased it is effectively used up and can’t be used for other purposes.
BCCAN has agreements with the following government entities:
• City of Green Bay
• Aging and Disability Resource Center
• UW Extension
• Syble Hopp School
• Austin Straubel Airport
• Port and Resource Recovery
Currently BCCAN has partnerships with the following entities:
• Green Bay Schools
• Howard Suamico Schools
• UW System
• St. Norberts College
for a PDF map of the current BCCAN network.
Fiber and the Future
Any government entity, education institution, or telecommunications utility can lease fiber from Brown County. They also can pull fiber using the same private sector agents the county uses. There is fiber in Brown County from AT&T, nSight and TimeWarnerCable to name a few. Also, as noted, telecommunications vendors can lease fiber from Brown County.
All authorized entities have an equal opportunity to use BCCAN fiber. The primary focus of the fiber infrastructure is services such as 911, WAN and backup, however, County provided fiber may help entice development from providers such as nSight, AT&T and TimeWarner. Today fiber is provided only to select locations where there is clear value directly to County operations. Long term the County may choose to expand services. With the growth nationally of community based fiber networks, fiber may become a “highway and road” service. Some communities have already moved to full fiber infrastructure such as Chattooga’s fiber to the home project. There is national discussion regarding this through groups such as the FTTH Council http://www.ftthcouncil.org/d/do/11.
There are many communities that require conduit and fiber be laid under every new road, and be connected to every new building much like sewer, gas, electricity and water. This is referred to as “dig once” ordinances. As the County continues to work locally and with the state, these type of regulations, ordinances and laws will be discussed and reviewed. In general Brown County continues to assess the value of public, private and public/private partnerships to improve the availability of high speed broadband access for all County constituents.
To request more information about BCCAN, please click here
Click here for the Brown County Board of Supervisors resolution (May, 2013) for this fiber expansion project.