Miamisburg to vote on joining plan for multi-city fiber optics ring

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Miamisburg to vote on joining plan for multi-city fiber optics ring

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The Centerville Police Department dispatch center handles calls for the city of West Carrollton. Centerville and Kettering are connected by fiber optics, which includes a 911 system. The Miami Valley Communications Council is looking to further joint efforts among its members by implementing a fiber optics ring involving several cities. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO

An agreement involving several south Dayton-area suburbs building and sharing a fiber optics network aimed at cutting costs and increasing connectivity is set to be voted on this week.

The Miamisburg City Council will discuss a plan by the Miami Valley Communications Council to construct a nearly 19-mile network of “new broadband fiber” that would link the city with Centerville, Kettering, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton, records show.

A study by the council indicates several benefits, according to member records. Among them:

-Connecting cities to each other in ways that allow for joint projects involving crime mapping and shared 911 systems without paying for third-party data circuits.

-Reducing long-term dependence to Internet service providers by building its own network.

-Laying infrastructure that will bring new telecommunication vendors to the area;

-Providing access to the network to area non-profits and businesses.

Miamisburg’s portion for construction would be $97,869 during the next 10 years, as well as about $4,000 annually for maintenance work, city records show.

The city’s council is set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Miamisburg Civic Center, 10 N. First St.

The MVCC study was paid for by a $100,000 grant applied for in 2013, records show.

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