Hamilton has an extensive fiber optic network that the City intends to utilize for economic development. The City has over 60 miles of city-wide, loop-fed fiber optics. Hamilton will be able to deliver cost-effective fiber broadband services to businesses, schools, government organizations, healthcare organizations and other community anchors, in conjunction with private telecommunications providers.
Reliability & Redundancy
The fiber optic network’s ring topology provides important distribution network redundancy, which is sometimes lacking in commercial broadband networks. In many cases, metropolitan fiber networks may contain ring redundancy in the major backbone segments, but only provide linear pathways in the distribution network down to local service zones. The topology of Hamilton’s network will offer redundancy throughout the majority of the distribution network as well. This provides overall higher reliability and improved service levels for customers connecting to the network.
Each service zone in the distribution layer has significant reach into Hamilton’s business and residential districts. In most cases, the existing fiber network overlays directly onto the pole infrastructure which will allow for easy and cost-effective transitions and interconnections with new last-mile fiber.
Hamilton Broadband Service Provider Information
"The creation of the Lane Libraries Community Technology Center in the heart of downtown Hamilton required us to establish a fast WAN connection in a limited time frame. We feared an expensive, months-long construction project. We examined several commercial options, but returned to the City of Hamilton as a partner that had helped us in the past. We came to an agreement for a fiber connection that the City put in place for us in a matter of weeks (not months), priced at a level no one else could match. City workers were always accessible, responsive and patient. We work with many vendors at the Lane Libraries and we're fortunate that the City of Hamilton is at the top of our list for performance and customer service."
- Chip Kruthoffer, Systems Manager, The Lane Libraries
Lane Library Community Technology Center
The City of Hamilton is currently evaluating the opportunities that a community broadband network will present to our City, through strategic investments in fiber-optic infrastructure. The City maintains an extensive fiber-optic network that covers the major corridors of Hamilton and provides reliable, high-bandwidth services for public safety, utilities and general administration. In an effort to spur economic development and enhance competitiveness in our business community, the City is considering the opportunities that this community broadband network will enable in our area.
Hamilton’s goal in this project is to provide a new source of local loop fiber to competitive service providers in the area, enabling greater penetration of fiber-based broadband within Hamilton’s business districts. Based on an “open-access” model, this network will provide competitive service providers an additional option for fiber-based local loop in Hamilton. The City will operate as a transport (type-II) provider, offering Ethernet-based local loops from the CyrusOne Data Center to premises throughout many of Hamilton’s business corridors.
The City will remain carrier-neutral and does not intend to compete with providers or offer end user services directly. Instead, Hamilton’s goal is to make an additional source of last-mile fiber available to service providers at competitive rates to expand the availability of business-class broadband services in our community. As such, service providers will have equal access to all facilities, transport, and other services on Hamilton’s network.
Hamilton is currently soliciting feedback from service providers who are interested in providing services through the City’s proposed broadband network. This information packet provides details on services offered, rates, technical information, interconnection policies and terms and conditions. We invite service providers to meet with us to better assess service provider needs, ideas, and options that may help providers more effectively serve the local community. To request more information or schedule a meeting, please utilize the contact information below.
The City’s network is composed of multiple fiber segments that traverse the major thoroughfares of the community. The network contains both aerial and underground routes reaching into the majority of Hamilton’s business corridors. Hamilton’s network provides significant redundancy in the backbone through multiple ring-connected backbone and distribution networks throughout the City.
The proposed transport network will be constructed as an Ethernet-based core, providing the performance, security, reliability, and scalability needed to deliver high-bandwidth local fiber loop services within the service area. The network will be built as a MEF-compliant transport infrastructure, allowing service providers to utilize cost-effective type-II circuits to reach business customers throughout the service area. The maps below illustrate coverage areas within the Hamilton fiber network.
Hamilton’s network will provide significant redundancy to ensure providers are guaranteed competitive service level agreements. The network’s core equipment will be equipped with redundant processing engines, fan trays, power supplies and trunk interconnects. Hamilton’s fiber network will provide dual-path connectivity from distribution nodes back into the core network to ensure redundancy and 50-millisecond rerouting during network issues.
Hamilton’s network will support services ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps and any speeds in-between. Flexible bandwidth and speeds will be supported in the network, allowing customers to purchase flat rate and tiered services, allowing them to “pay as they grow.” The network will support multiple Ethernet interface types, including copper, multimode fiber and single-mode fiber, utilizing Fast, Gigabit and Ten Gigabit Ethernet. Providers will interconnect with Hamilton at the CyrusOne data center, where Hamilton will maintain presence and interconnect with its fiber network using dual-path entry into the facility.
Providers will interconnect with Hamilton within this facility, using a Gigabit or Ten Gigabit Ethernet NNI. Hamilton may support both VLAN and MPLS based interconnections, depending on needs of service providers in the area. Type-II circuits will carry the necessary quality of service and service level agreements to maintain critical real-time data such as voice and video. Please inquire with the City of Hamilton for full technical specifications of the service.
Network Maps & Service Area
Hamilton’s network covers the majority of the business corridors throughout the City. The maps below illustrate the general coverage area for the network, shaded in blue. These areas can generally be serviced by Hamilton last-mile fiber,however, individual builds will be evaluated by the City based on the specific service area and topography. Hamilton’s backbone maintains a ring topology to the majority of the service areas. Distribution and last-mile fiber may be redundant in some areas as well.
Northern Hamilton Network
Southern Hamilton Network
Hamilton Business Broadband Survey
If you are an existing business in Hamilton, please take 10 minutes to complete this survey to let us know about the quality of your current service and your existing and future Broadband needs: