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Metro Service Provider offering true Active Ethernet in Tennessee

by Doug.Dunbar on ‎04-25-2013 03:26 PM (4,642 Views)

There has been lots of recent discussion about Google and AT&T targeting to provide the city of Austin, TX with a 1-gigbit-per-second Internet service. While the competitive and innovative spirit should make Austin feel like one of the luckiest towns in the world, I would like to tell you about a metro service provider in Clarksville, Tennessee that already provides its residential and commercial customers with 1 Gigabit Ethernet services to the premise.

CDE Lightband is the leading municipal utility provider of electricity, digital television, Internet and voice to all of the 100 square miles located within the boundaries of Clarksville, TN. They offer their services to approximately over 64,000 customers while 892 miles of power lines and 960 miles of fiber optic cable are maintained. Most distinguishably, CDE Lightband provides a true Active Ethernet network to their customers. This means that each and every one of their residential and commercial customers has their own active Ethernet, Fiber-to-the-Premise port. The value of an Active Ethernet network is that the bandwidth on the connection is not shared, and is thus an effective way of ensuring a 1-Gbps connection to each subscriber. It is certainly a feather in the hat for a service provider of any size.

Brocade is proud to support CDE Lightband’s Active Ethernet project. By using the Brocade NetIron CES series switches, CDE Lightband can sell Gigabit Internet service and provide bandwidth throughput. In the future, CDE Lightband plans to use the 10G ports on the Brocade CES so they can grow the switches into the network as they expand their internal infrastructure.

Like all service providers, CDE Lightband’s top priority is to provide world class performance and reliability. Because of the Brocade CES series switches, CDE Lightband is able to offer their customers a unique and powerful Ethernet services (as exemplified in their Active Ethernet project) and deliver them on pace with their customers’ business and personal requirements. Brocade is very honored to be the backbone of CDE Lightband’s network!

To learn more about the Brocade and CDE Lightband partnership, please watch this video.

by mschiff
on ‎04-26-2013 02:55 PM

And here is another regional service provider providing gigabit services to its customers:

Interesting how the Vermont provider is citing Google's expansion of its Fiber Project as one of the main drivers for having federal funding approved for its network upgrade.  While the big carriers are getting headlines for the competition Google is starting, the smaller regional providers are seeing this as an opportunity.