Dakota County extends to Goodhue and Washington Counties

Thanks to David Asp for an update on fiber networks and fiber planning in Dakota County. David has been working to extend fiber network to neighboring counties – and then to the neighboring counties of those counties. The growth is pretty systematic. The goal is to increase the value of the network (by increasing people and places to reach via fiber) and increase redundancy. He had a couple updates on that expansion.

Dakota County is working with Goodhue County to extend the network. Here’s the gust of their partnership…

REPORT SUMMARY
Dakota County is offering a 20-year agreement to Goodhue County for use of fiber running between the two counties.

BACKGROUND
Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) has installed a 144-strand fiber run between Red Wing and Hastings. Twelve of those strands have been purchased by Dakota County. Goodhue County is being offered use of two of those strands for 20 years for a one-time payment of $30,000 to Dakota

County
You can find the full document online, which would be helpful if your community is looking at similar partnerships.

Dakota County is also working with Washington County to connect their networks using the Hastings Bridge. Here are some of the working specifics of their Joint Powers Agreement…

3.   Agreement between the Parties

The intended use for each segment of the network is to enable the parties to construct and manage fiber optic communications networks for the purpose of delivering communications services among their respective institutional sites as more fully described below.

3.1    Dakota will:

  • Allow State to use a one pair of county owned fiber optic cable from the Dakota County Administration Center to the Hastings City Hall.
  • Construct new fiber between the Hastings City Hall and the south side of Highway 61 Bridge.
  • Allow State to use a one pair of county owned fiber optic cable from the Hastings City Hall to the south side of the Highway 61 Bridge.
  • Provide maintenance on its fiber segments.

3.2       Washington will:

  • Construct new fiber between the Cottage Grove Service Center and the north side of Highway 61 Bridge.
  • Allow State to use one pair of county owned fiber optic cable from the Cottage Grove Service Center to the north side of the Highway 61 Bridge.
  • Provide maintenance on its fiber segments.

3.3       State will:

  • Construct fiber optic cabling over the Highway 61 Bridge linking Dakota and Washington Service Centers.

  • Provide and manage a connection between Washington and Dakota using the counties’ fiber to provide an alternate path for redundancy between the counties.

  • Monitor the integrity of the fiber links and report any failure of those links to the appropriate organization.

  • Provide maintenance on its fiber segments.

Both projects have been in the works for more than a year. Almost an exact year ago the Pioneer Press ran an article on the Washington County partnership…

After several years of planning, a fiber-optic network connection between Washington and Dakota counties is set to be installed.

And it was October 2012 that Goodhue County reported on the opportunity…

Goodhue County is being asked to participate in a group of government agencies to jointly own part of an optical fiber run between Red Wing and Hastings.  David Asp of Dakota County will explain the benefits/costs, group membership, and what a joint powers agreement would include.

It can take a while but fun to celebrate progress!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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