Celina, TX to launch gigabit municipal broadband network deployment

The city of Celina, TX, will soon begin deployment of a fiber-optic network to provide gigabit broadband services to local residents and businesses. The Celina City Council recently put in a place a major building block for the effort through the unanimous approval of an Easement Ordinance amendment that requires all developers to install fiber-optic cable and conduits in all new developments within the city limits.

The city of Celina, TX, will soon begin deployment of a fiber-optic network to provide gigabit broadband services to local residents and businesses. The Celina City Council recently put in a place a major building block for the effort through the unanimous approval of an Easement Ordinance amendment that requires all developers to install fiber-optic cable and conduits in all new developments within the city limits.

Celina is a suburban community in north Texas about 40 miles from Dallas. The city, through the Celina Economic Development Corp. (Celina EDC), will deploy an 86-km fiber-optic backhaul network across the city. Town leadership expects fiber cable to extend across another 64 square miles via developer and building ordinances such as the Easement Ordinance as well as other public/private partnerships. The open access network will support the delivery of gigabit services, town leadership expects.

"Celina is in a unique position," said Scott Stawski, secretary and board member of the Celina EDC. "We are approximately only 8% built out, but we have a clear line of sight of being 100% built out in 20 years. Because we are building the Gigabit infrastructure now, we will become even more attractive to potential new businesses and companies looking to establish themselves in a community with the fastest connectivity in the state of Texas."

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