Cincinnati fiber optics wins $1.2B in federal grant for gigabit fiber optic network

A new federal grant to Cincinnati’s city government is expected to help the city build a $1 billion fiber optic cable system that could provide high-speed internet access to more than 1 million people.

The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it awarded $2.6 billion in grants to Cincinnati and its surrounding communities to build the Cincinnati Fiber Optic System, which would offer internet service at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Mbps).

The program, which has been in the works since last year, will build a fiber optic conduit for fiber optic cables that connect the city’s central business district to neighborhoods and neighborhoods to downtown.

The city has been looking for a way to improve internet access since it was last in need of funding to build a high-capacity cable network.

“We’re hoping to make it work and build out the infrastructure that we need to get broadband to the average citizen,” Mayor John Cranley said.

“I think the best way to do that is to get this program through Congress.”

The city’s fiber optic connection to the network would be more than five times faster than what’s currently available in the U.S. and could reach the point where it can serve 100 percent of the city and its neighboring communities.

The federal government’s decision to award the money to Cincinnati came just days after the state’s legislature approved $1,097 million in federal grants to help pay for the city to build its fiber optic system.

The funds will go to building and installing fiber optic poles and fiber optics in and around Cincinnati.

“The fiber optic infrastructure is one of the fastest in the country,” said Jessica Tuch, an FCC spokeswoman.

“It’s going to be built in a way that makes sense for our city, and that means getting the funding for the poles and for the fiber optic and for cable to go in.”

The $2,000 grant awarded to Cincinnati will go toward $1 million in state aid to the city.

The program will help fund about 15% of the project’s cost.

The Cincinnati Fiber System is expected cost about $1-billion to build, with a projected construction period of about four years.

The project is being funded by the Federal Communications Agency (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

It’s part of a $2 billion National Broadband Plan that includes a $500 million investment in high-end fiber optic connections for high-density businesses.

“Fiber optics are a critical component of our high-bandwidth, high-access network,” Cranley added.

“Our goal is to be able to deliver high-fiber, high bandwidth internet service to our customers as soon as possible.”