ConnectArlington Program Expands to Businesses

by Dan Lesniak

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The high speed fiber connectivity program, ConnectArtlington, is to be expanded to include businesses within Arlington County, according to a news release by the county. Originally created to provide secure, high speed internet connectivity to community buildings, county government offices and area schools, Arlington County is now ready to proceed with the next phase to incorporate area businesses into the program.  ConnectArlington also provides what is known as “Dark Fiber” connectivity, which offers the highest level of security to connectivity and is provided to allow for secure collaboration with the nation’s defense and research agencies such as the Pentagon. This latest expansion to include Arlington businesses brings the region’s infrastructure to the forefront of the nation.

It is expected that this expansion of ConnectArlington will also bring new jobs and investments to the Arlington community. The inclusion of dark fiber connectivity makes Arlington truly unique in secure connectivity and services for businesses. A third party consultant will be  utilized to manage the leasing of the dark fiber to service providers, which will help ensure the services is readily available to businesses. Arlington County will also be working with property owners to bring the access to buildings directly for businesses looking to utilize the high speed secure fiber lines. With access being provided to Federal agencies, government buildings, research centers and universities in the area, businesses will be able to take advantage of greater collaboration opportunities quickly and securely like never before.George Mason University

While the original use of ConnectArlington was for Arlington County government to be able to connect with county facilities and public schools, the County thought ahead toward the future. When first put in place, the dark fiber lines were installed with additional conduits in the ground to enable expansions such as this latest one to include business connection. The County is ahead of the game compared to other communities in the nation and the results will be considerable for recruiting new businesses and investments to the community. This expansion is a part of the Smart Growth Strategy as outlined by Arlington County, taking future needs and sustainability for businesses into account.

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The technology of Arlington County is expanding with the future in mind. Services to help you with home buying or selling experience are expanding as well. Myself and the Orange Line Living team are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your plans into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

 

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