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Monday, August 04, 2003


Oregon: City of Albany building municipal fiber link to NoaNet

Oregon: City of Albany building municipal fiber link to NoaNet

"The city of Albany's tapping into a fiber optic cable system will do more than speed up communication among staff members and save the city money in the long run. At least two other benefits already are on the horizon, said Gary Holliday, interim assistant city manager. 'The feeder cable will belong to the city so we can turn around and sell capacity for potential income down the line,' he said. 'Secondly, we're looking at taking the cable down Water Avenue to make the commercial properties there more development friendly. We'd be giving people the incentive to develop down there.'"

The city is putting up some fiber of their own to link into existing NoaNet fiber in the area. "By piggybacking onto the NoaNet cable, the city will save between $500,000 and $800,000 in cable laying costs ..."

NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) is a nonprofit organization that uses fiber cable on power utility transmission lines to link public agencies, schools and other organizations in Washington and Oregon.


(Link from Jim Baller at the Baller Herbst Law Group via his mailing list)


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