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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 future technology implementations (including 800 MHz IP public safety radio). FiberNet's outside physical plant has a practically unlimited useful life. Upgrades and replacements to electronic components in the core and at user sites will be required periodically throughout the service life. Each generation of FiberNet electronic components have an estimated useful life of at least 10 years. FiberNet I is a legacy network still used to support specific public safety and traffic communications, with a plan to phase out at or prior to completion of the Public Safety System Modernization. FiberNet II is being used to support all County communications services including 311, e-mail, Internet and local cable channel video. FiberNet III is in the pilot and planning phase. When implemented, FiberNet III equipment will allow faster, higher capacity, more reliable means of optical networking. Using optical technology, all three generations of FiberNet can be run on the same outside physical plant.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$89.99M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$26.3M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

At the end of FY19, FiberNet reached 476 locations. Based on the current funding schedule, FiberNet is scheduled to reach 526 locations by the end of FY20. The Traffic Management network reaches over 220 traffic cameras and 880 traffic signals, and backup power to keep traffic signals operations during large scale power outages have been added at 428 traffic signals. By the end of FY22 - and including sites connected by private carriers and institutional partners - FiberNet is expected to have a total of more than 1,845 sites on the network serving a tremendous variety of facilities from pedestrian beacons to public schools to fire stations to wine and liquor stores, to major campus networks and large multi-story office buildings. The primary focus of the FY21-22 CIP will be to upgrade edge and core equipment to exponentially expand capacity within FiberNet and to edge locations, upgrade hub-site HVAC and back-up power supplies, and to leverage inter-jurisdictional connections and Ashburn data center connections, to enable cost-effective future technology public-private partnerships with major research and educational institutions, regional broadband service providers, and large employers.
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Cost Change

Cost increase due to the addition of FY25 and FY26 to this ongoing level-of-effort project.
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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. The FiberNet CIP also supports and expands the ATMS system and networks that monitor, control and collect information along the transportation system, which includes traffic signals, traffic surveillance cameras, lane control systems, traffic adaptive system, back-up power monitoring, and Bus Transit Signal Priority. By leveraging FiberNet, the ATMS has diverse network paths to eliminate single points of failure.
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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, and may be negatively impacted by federal government efforts to restrict the authority of local governments to collect revenue for use of public assets by communications providers. 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. In FY16 funds were also used to support government and educational ultraMontgomery broadband initiatives.
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Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely.
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Coordination

DTS, 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
$89.99M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$26.3M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP509651
Date Last Modified01/08/20
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 FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision124502159129190002500250010001000100010000
Land1961435316043023022502502502500
Site Improvements and Utilities175351665085800500100505050500
Construction1571915032320118962350237020881696169616960
Other423223907724530005005005005005005000
Total Expenditures89987593934294263006152577238883496349634960
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Contributions16111611000000000
Current Revenue: Cable TV77107467694038263006152577238883496349634960
Current Revenue: General256025600000000
G.O. Bonds88668866000000000
PAYGO21472147000000000
Total Funding Sources89987593934294263006152577238883496349634960
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request3081
Year First AppropriationFY96
Appropriation FY 22 Request3496
Last FY's Cost Estimate82995
Cumulative Appropriation68938
Expenditure / Encumbrances61406
Unencumbered Balance7532