Ontario County’s fiber optic ring has been named a “Bright Idea” by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The county’s fiber-ring is one of 173 selected out of more than 600 applicants for Harvard’s newly created Bright Ideas program. Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit and academic communities.
“Earning national recognition from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government is no small feat,” said Ed Hemminger, Ontario County’s chief information officer and CEO of Axcess Ontario, the non-profit that oversees the development and management of the fiber ring, in a statement. “It further acknowledges what we’ve been saying for years — the Ontario County fiber ring is a true national broadband model.”
The fiber ring is expected to pass a milestone this week, officials said, noting 193 miles of the 200-plus-mile ring will be completed by the week’s end, surpassing the project’s initial 180-mile goal.
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