Trust me, I care about this one more than many people might, for multiple reasons. For one reason, I live on South Woodland, on the side of the street where this line will be put down. Second, I have a major family event coming up in May and the last thing I want happening in my yard is it being dug up and swarmed by workers while relatives and friends come and go for three days.
That said, this opportunity, which you can read about at length in the Chagrin Valley Times article below, is one which Pepper Pike must take advantage of, to the extent we can. To that end, I'll be tapping former council member, Rick Hankins, who heads up IT at the Cleveland chapter of the American Red Cross, to help us understand exactly how Pepper Pike can make the best use of this inevitability.
For those who are really curious, the "privately funded" part is courtesy of
Jim Barksdale - the guy who started Netscape for those with long institutional memories (this information was given to me by one of the company's representatives at a council meeting I attended before I was seated; he'd mentioned that it was funded privately and I then asked specifically, who did that mean). It appears that Barksdale is banking on fiber optic line being in great demand and so he is spending literally tens of millions of dollars (again, numbers quoted during council meetings) to put down line between Cleveland and New Jersey that connects two data centers in each location at the ends of the line. There is extremely little information out there about this project but what I have turned up includes minutes from or articles about how the company involved, Northeastern ITS, is working in other communities. You can see PUCO's agreement with Northeastern ITS here.
As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns, please leave them in the comments or email me.
Chagrin Valley Times, 1/21/10 Fiber Optic Line Installation Update