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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. Video transmission will include distribution of public, education, government access channel and selected cable programming. 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, ideally at 7-8 year intervals, to harness the capabilities of technological evolution and to meet the expanding networking demands of FiberNet customers. Implementation of the third generation of core components, FiberNet3, began in FY21. FiberNet3 exponentially increased FiberNet's ability to support cloud services, resilient data storage and retrieval, and cost effective access to high speed broadband service. In FY22, FiberNet upgraded data center equipment and firewall devices at the Council Office Building (COB) data center. FiberNet will also implement an encrypted private cloud, failover recovery equipment and ransomware recovery capabilities as part of the County's business continuity initiative.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$104.18M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21.37M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

The primary focus of the FY21-22 CIP had been to plan and install core third-generation FiberNet3 equipment to exponentially expand capacity within FiberNet, upgrade hub-site electrical equipment to support installation of FiberNet3 equipment, and to establish Ashburn data center connections to enable cost-effective future technology public-private partnerships with government and educational institutions, major research and educational institutions, and large employers. Additional work was done in response to Covid to expand outdoor public WiFi to 14 libraries and to expedite transitioning MCPS to FiberNet3 to support hybrid simultaneous in-person and online teaching. FiberNet was expanded to extend fiber to 448 government and education sites by the end of FY22, including 18 Flash Route 29 Bus Rapid Transit stations. The Traffic Management network reaches over 230 traffic cameras and 909 traffic signals, and backup power to keep traffic signals operations during large scale power outages have been added at 436 traffic signals.

In FY22, TEBS received a $7.2 million supplemental appropriation to refresh past end of life network, routing and firewall equipment in the COB data center and to install and implement an encrypted private cloud, failover recovery equipment, and ransomware recovery capability. This implementation creates resilient data storage in Ashburn, VA and strengthens the County's ability to safely access and protect data and systems against ransomware.

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Cost Change

TEBS received a $7.2m supplemental in FY22 and funds were added in FY27 and FY28.
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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

The FiberNet CIP originally was funded by the General Fund. As restricted-use Cable Fund PEG/I NET capital grant funding grew, the Cable Fund became the primary funding source for FiberNet. Cable revenues are declining as cord cutting increases. Funding for future FiberNet CIPs may need to be supplemented by the General Fund. FiberNet operations and maintenance (O&M) activities are a critical component of FiberNet's utility but are not funded by the FiberNet CIP. Federal regulatory actions, or the outcome of renegotiations when the Comcast and Verizon franchises expire in 2021, may negatively impact the Cable Fund. The County is negotiating extensions of the current franchises. In FY16 funds were also used to support government and educational ultraMontgomery broadband initiatives. An FY22 Current Revenue General Supplemental was approved for $7.2 million for business continuity enhancements.
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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.
Budget Snapshot
$104.18M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21.37M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP509651
Date Last Modified05/04/22
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 Supervision12968604692260001000100010001000100010000
Land15044015002502502502502502500
Site Improvements and Utilities188171726612513005050505050500
Construction2094815228858105682088169616961696169616960
Other499424624769530005005005005005005000
Total Expenditures1041797108511726213683888349634963496349634960
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Contributions16111611000000000
Current Revenue: Cable TV84099582054526213683888349634963496349634960
Current Revenue: General7456256720000000000
Federal Aid00000000000
G.O. Bonds88668866000000000
PAYGO21472147000000000
Total Funding Sources1041797108511726213683888349634963496349634960
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request3888
Year First AppropriationFY96
Appropriation FY 24 Request3496
Last FY's Cost Estimate89987
Cumulative Appropriation82811
Expenditure / Encumbrances71545
Unencumbered Balance11266