Hudson, OH

City Manager Jane Howington

Ohio

Total Population: 5,771
Population Density: 1,428 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 4.71 (sq.mi.)…

“Hudson businesses were desperate for a reliable, high-speed internet service to help their businesses function and grow. To keep businesses in the City and to attract new businesses, Hudson developed our own city-owned and operated broadband network for businesses. Since our launch in 2015, Velocity Broadband is not only a successful economic development tool, but also is positioning Hudson for next-century technologies.  We now have the infrastructure in place to consider innovative technologies in everything we do, from smart street lights and smart parking apps, to utility applications. Broadband has been key to making sure we have the technology in place for the future.”

“We are excited to be a part of the Next Century Cities family. The opportunity to collaborate with members of Next Century Cities is invaluable. Being able to share successes, failures, and lessons learned in a community of like-minded broadband advocates will help advance the broadband initiative everywhere. Hudson is proud to be a part of the goal to provide fast, affordable, and reliable internet to everyone.”

As one of Ohio’s first Gigabit cities, Hudson offers high-speed, 100% fiber-optic broadband and voice services to local businesses. With faster, more reliable, and affordable internet services, we empower local businesses to compete in today’s high-speed, data-driven world. City-owned and operated Velocity Broadband offers speeds up to 10 gigabits per second.

Wilson’s new network allowed the city to have a true, fast-as-light Internet connection. City officials began hearing from industries, schools, colleges, hospital and other agencies that were interested in tapping into this technology.

In 2006, officials began exploring the idea of expanding the fiber optic network to allow commercial and residential use, what is called a Fiber to the Home network that would run down every city street. The city asked private companies if they would be willing to build or partner in a FTTH network in Wilson. Ultimately, none of the private industries was willing to make that investment in Wilson.

After months of discussions and studies, the City Council unanimously voted in November 2006 to build a FTTH network in Wilson. The business plan and financing agreements were unanimously approved by the N.C. Local Government Commission’s executive commission in March 2007. Construction began soon afterward.

In May 2008, the city began signing up customers for the broadband services, now called Greenlight. Initial trials founds that 86 percent of customers preferred Greenlight to services they used previously.

In July of 2013 the City of Wilson became NC’s first Gigabit City by launching gigabit residential internet service. Currently, Greenlight is proud to provide service to over 7,000 members, and continues to grow, having already achieved the City Council’s initial goals.

In addition to these partnerships, all City reconstruction project designs (street, tree-lawn, curb & sidewalk) must include the installation of conduit/broadband, resulting in the incorporation of the telecommunications component into the project design prior to public bid.  Rochester’s ordinance facilitates the expansion of valuable assets across the city: preserving existing infrastructure, allowing the provision of in-kind services in lieu of fee payments, and developing opportunities to leverage these provisions. The vision is to ensure network extensions for the benefit of all citizens, in particular, low-income neighborhoods, and bridge the digital divide, i.e., ensure maximum connectivity and universal access.

RECENT CITY TELECOM RELATED ACTIONS:

  • The creation of a City division to address these issues,
  • Director of Telecommunications
  • Community Liaison,
  • The passage and implementation of the Telecommunications Ordinance,
  • Expand Permits Staff: address increased work load from telecom/wireless network expansion,
  • The registration of all Telecommunications providers within the city,
  • Creation & Coordination with Dig Once/GIS implementation
  • Catalogue of all available resources within the Right of Way (ROW)
  • Provider Forums re: in kind service payments, public private partnerships, et. al.
  • Collaborative Projects/Partnerships/Philanthropic Donations
  • Expansion & marketing of broadband discount programs
  • The requirement for conduit/fiber installation on all road construction projects,
  • The performance of an Inventory Analysis of Telecom Assets,
  • Master Plan 2034, Community Collaboration & Outreach, and
  • The establishment of the Smart City Committee & Working Group

With the evolution of the CDE Lightband fiber and gigabit networks the community has seen many improvements and benefits. We are poised to continue on this path of better services, more economic development opportunities, greater quality of life experience and stronger educational development opportunities for our city and our citizens.