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Chesapeake's Broadband Initiative - Chesapeake Connects
What is Broadband?
What does this project entail?
What is NOT part of this project?
Chesapeake Connects will install the citywide infrastructure, it will not provide broadband service to homes or businesses directly. That service will come from private companies. Having the local ring in place will make it more attractive and economical for commercial firms to offer broadband service to homes. Continuing the analogy of a road, you might think of it this way: the City builds the streets, but a private company constructs your home's driveway, connecting your house to the road.
The capabilities of Chesapeake's broadband ring will be made even greater with the construction of a larger regional ring, connecting localities throughout Hampton Roads.
Capital Expenses: The project is estimated to cost $32.58 million to design, construct, deploy the ring, and migrate sites to it. It is currently funded in part through the Capital Improvement Plan, with $25 million coming from the American Rescue Plan Grant and $3 million from the General Fund.
Operating Expenses: The Chesapeake Broadband Ring will DECREASE the City's contracted network service costs from $1.38 million to $243,454 by Year 5. New operating costs will total $1.52 million in Year 5 to cover staffing, hardware/software maintenance, and data center collocation & edge services.
There will be three main construction phases of this project, each constructing a different section of the overall Chesapeake Ring.
- Construction on Phases 1 & 2 begins in summer 2022
- Construction on Phase 3 begins in summer 2023
- Project Completion at the end of 2024