Centennial leases fiber lines to Cherry Creek schools

Fiber network to bring fast internet to new building for home-schooling program

Posted 6/25/18

The Cherry Creek School District has signed a lease to use the City of Centennial's fiber-optic cable lines. The fiber lines will provide fast internet to the district's new building for its …

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Centennial leases fiber lines to Cherry Creek schools

Fiber network to bring fast internet to new building for home-schooling program

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The Cherry Creek School District has signed a lease to use the City of Centennial's fiber-optic cable lines. The fiber lines will provide fast internet to the district's new building for its home-schooling support program.

“This move will allow us to expand and extend our existing fiber network using Centennial's infrastructure that is already in the ground,” said Abbe Smith, spokeswoman for the district. “It is a great example of how collaboration and forward thinking can create new possibilities that benefit kids.”

The city and Cherry Creek schools signed for a five-year lease along what the city calls Centennial's “fiber backbone,” an underground infrastructure of fiber lines that enables super-fast internet. The school district will use the lines to provide service to its newly purchased building near South Jordan Road and East Fremont Avenue, a June 5 news release from the city said.

The district already has an “extensive” fiber network that connects most of its schools and buildings, Smith said, but this new portion will extend to the building at 14603 E.

Fremont Avenue, the new home of the Cherry Creek Options program, which helps parents who home-school their children. Those students can attend the Options program one day per week, where they're taught by certified teachers, according to the district's website.

The new portion will also connect the district's Student Achievement Resource Center campus at 14188 E. Briarwood Ave., which houses the district library and visual-media services and supports its online-learning program.

“Overall, it helps create a stronger, better-connected network for the entire district,” Smith said.

The district will lease four fibers from the city's 432-strand fiber backbone for $1,596 per year, with the option to extend the agreement another five years, according to Smith and the city. The lease will provide more connectivity to support educational and organizational needs for the district, the city said in its news release.

Since construction began on the fiber backbone in 2016, the deal with Cherry Creek schools represents the first fiber lease for what the city calls a “community-anchor institution,” the release said. That's a term for entities like schools, libraries, health-care facilities and other places that serve communities.

In March, the city executed its first long-term commercial lease with internet provider Ting.

“Within just a few months, the city has executed two fiber-lease agreements, which is very exciting,” Mayor Stephanie Piko said in the release. “We look forward to connecting more community-anchor institutions to the city's fiber backbone and continuing the positive momentum we have with our businesses and residents.”

Centennial has completed construction of its 20-mile central ring of fiber, with construction on the rings in the west and east parts of the city underway. The entire 50-mile, city-owned fiber backbone will be completed by end of this year. Centennial City Council approved the city's $5.7 million Fiber Master Plan, which guides the project and goals of fiber use for the city, in 2016.

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