Broadband Fiber Options

When deciding how to connect your schools to fiber, there are a number of options to consider. Districts can procure a fully managed lit fiber service from a provider or they can procure different types dark fiber to create their own transport services.

Before deciding on a connectivity solution, it is beneficial to consider and compare the relative cost of various options. Self-provisioning vs. a leased fiber service is a classic “own vs. rent” comparison where the economics of the options will be presented to you very differently, and you will need to model the two options in order to compare them equally.

Apart from the comparison of costs, it is also critical to consider other factors such as timing, resource demands, skill requirements, and fiber network quality factors (latency, link loss, budgets, plant design, etc) for all the services you are interested in. The ability to meet the operational requirements of each type of service varies among school districts. Every school and district should consider the different options based on their own unique situation and get a number of competitive bids including pricing and project timelines before making their decision.