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Facebook expanded the reach of broadband in the state of Indiana by completing 77 miles of fiber optic cable for its data centers in the state of Indiana. The side effect of this work is to improve the speed of broadband services for consumers in the state. This improved network infrastructure will, in turn, lead to better remote learning, telemedicine, online gaming and web surfing for Hoosiers.
In a blog post, Facebook’s Boh DuPree and Michele Kohler said the company needs to build redundant long-haul fiber optic networks to connect its data centers. To keep the service stable, Facebook needs more than one route to connect its data centers and maintain them during storms, power outages, or other outages. So it happens that this redundancy helps with the company’s stated mission to bring people closer together.
The 77-mile fiber runs from Interstate Highway 70 on the Indiana-Ohio border through Marion, Hancock, Henry, and Wayne Counties to downtown Indianapolis. This build will connect data centers in Iowa and Nebraska to the East Coast cluster in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. A second phase of this construction – with Zayo, a communications infrastructure provider – will provide an 85-mile fiber optic route running west from Indianapolis through Counties of Vigo, Clay, Putnam, Hendricks and Marion.
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By the end of 2021, when both phases are completed, Indiana will have a fiber route that spans the state from east to west. This new route will provide vital infrastructure for the state and the surrounding region to fuel economic growth, opportunity and job creation.
“Building an infrastructure that brings everyone closer together and connects us with what matters most – that’s what we do at Facebook,” wrote Kohler, Business Development Manager for Network Investments at Facebook. “From education and distance learning to healthcare, agriculture, e-commerce and small business, it is clear that investing in infrastructure does more than just connect to the Internet. They offer people the opportunity to connect with the rest of the world. “
Facebook enables third parties, including local and regional providers, to acquire excess capacity on the fiber. This capacity could provide existing and emerging broadband providers with additional network infrastructure and help them expand middle-mile networks to many parts of the country, particularly in underserved rural areas near fiber optic backbones.
In their most recent Nationwide Broadband Strategic Plan, Indiana officials cited a study by Purdue University in which Indiana projected $ 12 billion net benefit from high-quality broadband expansion in rural areas over the next 20 years.
“Internet connectivity is extremely important, especially in rural Indiana, as it impacts education, our agriculture, business, and manufacturing,” said Jon Ford, Indiana state senator for District 38, in a video.
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