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As the City continues to grow, and city facilities and functions are spread throughout the community, it has become apparent that there is a need for a cost effective, high capacity communications infrastructure owned and operated by the City. In response to that need, the City of Ontario is developing a Fiber Optic Master Plan to guide design, construction and operation of a fiber optic backbone infrastructure as a long term investment.
The City Fiber Optic network will result in cost effective, secure, fast and reliable communications capabilities between City facilities, reducing the reliance on expensive and limited 3rd party service.
The primary focus of the core backbone will be to support the data and telecommunication service requirements of the City. The primary backbone will act as the transport network for City services, interconnecting key City targets to the four primary facility locations at City Hall, Riverside / Haven area interconnect, CBB Arena area interconnect, and Centential park area interconnect. Traffic signal conduits will be integrated into the fiber backbone infrastructure to improve communications to signals, other city field assets and ultimately businesses which are in close proximity to the backbone and laterals.
The City fiber optic network will ultimately be a tool to encourage business retention and attraction. Following the fiber optic master plan adoption, the City will begin work on a Fiber Optic / Broadband service business plan that would focus on Fiber-to-the-Business (FTTB) in focused areas expanding bandwidth to encourage density, employment, and to retain and attract businesses.
As part of Ontario Ranch, the City has planned the OntarioNet infrastructure that will connect city facilities in the NMC and ultimately provide a City owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) in the New Model Colony to begin once there is sufficient potential subscribers to support operational costs.