Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray  (Source:
The idea behind DC-CAN is to offer a city-owned, middle mile network that last-mile service providers can establish a connection with for cheap

Washington D.C. announced its first link of a 100-gigabit-per-second fiber network, which will help provide affordable broadband services to homes and businesses throughout the District.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, current Mayor of the District of Columbia, along with the District's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) made the announcement yesterday, saying that the District is the first city in the nation to build a network this fast.

The new 100G fiber network, called the DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN), will initially be provided to communities east of the Anacostia River, but will eventually extend its reach throughout the entire District.

"With this 100G connection, we are making history by providing state-of-the-art network capacity that will help create jobs and grow the District's economy well into the 21st century," said Gray. "DC-CAN will help pave the way for greater broadband adoption across the District of Columbia, and I'm proud that we will be the first city in the United States to make such a forward-thinking investment in crucial technology infrastructure."

The idea behind DC-CAN is to offer a city-owned, middle mile network that last-mile service providers can establish a connection with for cheap. By using DC-CAN, these service providers can then offer affordable broadband services to homes and businesses throughout the District.

At this point, 24 community anchor institutions are already connected to the 100G network, such as schools and libraries. The city hopes to link at least 223 as the network grows.

"As Internet use moves toward video and other data-intensive applications, this network is well-positioned to support such next-generation apps without the need for further infrastructure upgrades for at least a decade," said Rob Mancini, D.C. Chief Technology Officer. "By expanding to an established 100G platform, the District has invested in an efficient and economically viable solution based on proven technology."

The project should be completed by 2013.

D.C.'s efforts to bring affordable broadband to underserved areas of the city echoes the recent efforts of others to achieve the same, such as the Federal Communications Commission's partnership with U.S. cable companies to bring low-income families broadband Internet access for as low as $9.99 per month.

Source: The District of Columbia

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