Westchester County took the unprecedented step of using its own need for improved telecommunications and data services to spur the creation of the Westchester Telecom Network, a state-of-the-art fiber backbone now spanning 1000+ miles in every corner of the county.
With pooled resources worth approximately $50 million over a five year period and the county’s contract alone set at $25 million, Optimum Lightpath was contracted to build a network from 1999 - 2001 that would meet the region’s voice, video, high-speed data and Internet needs. Besides the county, users now include over 3,500 businesses, 50 percent of local municipalities, numerous schools, libraries, healthcare and public safety organizations.
By showcasing the demand for fiber in the county, the Westchester Telecom Network has also served as a catalyst for the construction of competing fiber networks. Three OC-48 fiber rings (carrying an impressive 2.5 Gbps of bandwidth) from Lightpath, Verizon and other telecommunications companies, are currently located within the county’s borders, providing one of the best – if not the very best – telecommunications infrastructures in the nation. Companies also have the option of tapping into the coast-to-coast OC-192 fiber network from just about anywhere in the county. The bottom line is that businesses can achieve critical data security and 100 percent uptime through true fiber-optic redundancy.
The Telecom Network was instrumental in Westchester’s recent designation as one of the “Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year” by the Intelligent Community Forum.