County Council Approves Agreement With JBG SMITH For Access To Dark Fiber At National Landing To Advance District In Innovation

To support the creation of an Innovation District at National Landing, Arlington County Council today approved the signing of an Unbreakable User Rights (IRU) agreement with JBG SMITH, to use a share of excess dark fiber and county-owned duct access in One Landing. This agreement will support and benefit businesses, federal agencies, educational institutions, the public and other organizations with reliable and competitive access to high-speed wired or wireless (5G) data transmission capacity to to promote economic and community development.

In return for 75-year lead access with an additional 24-year option, JBG SMITH has agreed to provide Arlington with funds that provide the opportunity to support Arlington’s digital equity goals. Arlington will receive $ 2.8 million upfront and an additional $ 700,000 when the connection is made to another section of dark fiber in the future.

Arlington previously installed underground (dedicated) dark fiber to connect all of its facilities and the public school system to high-speed broadband technology. Arlington has installed additional conduits in the ground to support the use of its dark fiber for economic development purposes to meet the growing demand for digital services. Through the conduit lease, the National Landing community will gain separate and secure access to the dark fiber network. The National Landing area includes the areas of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.

“This is an important step in realizing the value of our dark fiber investment, the pursuit of our economic development goals and provides valuable resources that can be used for digital equity needs. Arlington, ”said Matt de Ferranti, chairman of the Arlington County Board of Directors. “Access to dark fiber in National Landing supports efforts to attract and retain high-tech tenants who develop new innovative technologies and require this level of connectivity to foster the creation of an innovation district.

Ducts are an essential part of Arlington’s fiber optic network system. Fiber optic conduits are protective tubes that house individual fiber strands to keep them secure and facilitate network communications. Arlington retains a significant portion of the dark fiber network for government use only, and additional fibers remain available for commercial use. This licensing agreement is Arlington’s first with a business entity, and it will not exclude other similar investments by other business entities in the future.

Access to dark fiber, coupled with its previous investment in CBRS spectrum and continued coordination with operators and other service providers, will support JBG SMITH in building the digital infrastructure needed to attract high-tech tenants. and lay the foundations for the planned innovation district. at the National Landing. These expected results align with Arlington’s economic development goals by diversifying the economy and workforce into new and innovative industries.

“JBG SMITH has spent the past few years laying the groundwork for National Landing to create the first smart city of its kind to attract entrepreneurs, leading universities and global technology companies,” said Matt Kelly, CEO of JBG SMITH . “Our fiber agreement with Arlington County is just one more step towards realizing this vision and ensuring that our customers, current and future, have access to the most secure and robust digital infrastructure. available so that they can succeed in building the future we all desire. “

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