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Description

FiberNet CIP provides for the planning, design, and installation of a countywide electro-optical fiber communication network with the capacity to support voice, public-safety, traffic management, data, Internet access, wireless networking (including public WiFi) and video transmissions among Montgomery County Government (MCG), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College (MC), Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) facilities. FiberNet is the communications backbone for the Public Safety Radio and Public Safety Mobile Data Systems (collectively, Public Safety Communications System (PSCS), DOT's Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), and other technology implementations (including the 800 MHz IP public safety radio). Upgrades and replacements to electronic components in the core and at user sites extend the usefulness of outside fiber facilities. Core and user equipment must be periodically replaced and upgraded to harness the capabilities of technological evolution and to meet the expanding networking demands of FiberNet customers. FiberNet3 investments exponentially increased FiberNet's ability to support cloud services, resilient data storage and retrieval, and cost effective access to high speed broadband service. Video transmission will include distribution of public, education, government access channel and selected cable programming.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$114.58M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$31.76M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Previous CIPs focused on expansion of the FiberNet footprint to existing Montgomery County Government, MCPS, Montgomery College, Housing Opportunities Commission and WSSC locations and installing the majority of third-generation FiberNet3 equipment and integration, including upgraded core and hub equipment and establishment of Ashburn data center connections, refreshed past end of life routing and firewall equipment, and installed and implemented an encrypted private cloud, failover recovery equipment, and ransomware recovery capability. The FY23-24 CIP funds complete the implementation of Phase I of the County's Business Continuity Strategic Plan. FY25-FY28 activities will focus on implementing Phases 2 and 3 of the Business Continuity Strategic Plan and replacement of other critically vulnerable FiberNet edge equipment.
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Cost Change

Reflects a $7.2 million FY22 supplemental and increased FY23 to FY28 funding for Business Continuity Strategic Plan implementation.
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Justification

FiberNet is a critical infrastructure asset providing communication services and applications to every agency in Montgomery County. As more services are offered electronically (e-applications, e-payment, e-document, e-storage, e-learning), and more services require cloud-access, it is critical that every County location has robust access to FiberNet, and that FiberNet be secure, reliable, and always-on, and that sufficient equipment be in place to enable data recovery in the event of major power outages, natural disasters, or cybersecurity events. In addition, aging internal building wiring, public WiFi access points, external fiber, and end point routers, switches and firewalls need to be upgraded to enable use of newer IT services and technology. A large amount of equipment is beyond End of Life or End of Support and some had been identified as critical to replace to prevent cybersecurity intrusions.
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Fiscal Note

A supplemental appropriation request for $7.2 million in Current Revenue: General was approved in FY22. Ongoing General Fund support was added beginning in FY23 due to declining Cable Fund revenues.
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Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely.
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Coordination

Technology & Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS), Department of Transportation, Advanced Transportation Management System Project, Montgomery County Public Schools, MNCPPC, MC, HOC, WSSC, PSCS, Information Technology Policy Coordination Committee (ITPCC), ITPCC CIO Subcommittee, and Interagency Technology Advisory Group (ITAG); and supports ATMS, Traffic Signal System Modernization (TSSM) and Traffic Signal CIPs.
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Budget Snapshot
$114.58M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$31.76M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP509651
Date Last Modified05/24/22
Administering AgencyTechnology Services
CategoryGeneral Government
SubCategoryTechnology Services
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision73856046922417417000000
Land44000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities19017172661251500130130606060600
Construction3806015228858276809045404736473647364736470
Other501094624769531677506174504504504500
Total Expenditures11457571085117263176410342479441574157415741570
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Contributions16111611000000000
Current Revenue: Cable TV81728582054526189973718366136362639266826750
Current Revenue: General20223256720012767662411335211518148914820
Federal Aid00000000000
G.O. Bonds88668866000000000
PAYGO21472147000000000
Total Funding Sources11457571085117263176410342479441574157415741570
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request10342
Year First AppropriationFY96
Appropriation FY 24 Request4794
Last FY's Cost Estimate89987
Cumulative Appropriation82811
Expenditure / Encumbrances71545
Unencumbered Balance11266