Today, many municipalities and local governments are investing in their communications infrastructure as a way to build toward a smart future or enhance resident service in a multitude of ways. As crucial underlying support for innovative applications, for greater service efficiency and for ensuring a larger number of devices and capabilities can be empowered, fiber networks are at the core of many of these local digital transformations. 

FiberLight’s most recent case study serves as a perfect example for how fiber expansions and deployments can be important enablers for expanded residential, municipal and economic success. This case study, outlining how the City of Bastrop, TX, partnered with FiberLight to accomplish its renewed digital ability, highlights dark fiber and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) as important components of achieving efficient, innovative and proactive services for residents and businesses. As a fiber infrastructure provider with more than 20 years of construction experience building mission-critical, high-bandwidth networks, FiberLight was ideally prepared to ensure the City could expand its network reach, support new construction and more. 

In the case of Bastrop, limited fiber access was creating barriers to local government service and connectivity, meaning that the City’s growing footprint — and the new businesses, vendors and individuals that reside there — couldn’t be adequately supported with the digital capabilities they require. The City of Bastrop’s existing dark fiber network ring needed to be augmented to support expanding connectivity requirements from public libraries, vendors, residents and businesses for robust redundancy, reliability, bandwidth, geographic reach and fiber access. 

FiberLight was chosen as Bastrop’s digital transformation partner due to their history of partnership, adding three new 1Gbps Enhanced Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) fiber circuits to the existing fiber ring to meet both long-term growth requirements and immediate needs. This capacity, distributed to Bastrop’s city hall, convention center, library, vendors and more, enables the fiber ring to offer robust access to redundant, scalable and high-capacity connectivity. This addition seamlessly integrated with the two-strand dark fiber ring that FiberLight had previously implemented in Bastrop in January 2019 for the local Economic Development Corporation.

“We needed a network partner that could understand and meet our particular needs — someone that was a little more local that offered the support we needed when and where we needed it,” comments Jesse Miga, Interim Director of Information Technology for the City of Bastrop. “Demands on networks are growing and evolving so rapidly, and ensuring our city is supported by this foundation of connectivity is essential as we look to enhance our reputation as an attractive destination for individuals and businesses alike. FiberLight was the ideal partner that met all of our requirements so that we can meet the needs of our residents and achieve our collective vision for Bastrop.” 

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