Columbus, OH

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

In early 2015, SmartWorks Partners was contracted by the City of Columbus to inventory and map the city's 500 mile fiber network and then leasing access to third-party telecom providers.

The City initially installed fiber to better connect municipally owned buildings but did not utilize its full capacity. The project goal was to improve the network's overall reliability and lease additional capacity to carriers for commercial use. Under a revenue sharing model, the city paid no upfront fees while obtaining 60% of the lease revenue.

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