Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City has entered into a lease agreement with Level 3 Communications to extend its fiber optic infrastructure to the City. Level 3 will use the fiber optic conduit grid recently installed in as part of the Lincoln Technology Improvement System (LTIS). Level 3 is a global telecommunications provider based in Broomfield, Colorado.
"Level 3 operates a global fiber optic network, and its international presence is becoming increasingly important as technology adapts to the ever-changing global demands," Mayor Beutler said. "This is another example of how City technology initiatives can be a catalyst for strengthening our position in a highly-competitive business environment."
"Through the City's commitment to development and infrastructure enhancements, Lincoln has fast become a place where entrepreneurs and enterprises flourish," said Rick Corbett, Regional Vice President of Sales for Level 3. "Our expanded network reach in Lincoln establishes Level 3 as a key gateway for information exchange across the state and around the globe."
"The vibrant business and tech community will gain access to our secure, scalable network with more than 200,000 fiber miles around the globe," said Travis Noble, General Manager of Level 3 in Nebraska. "Our investment in the state signals our commitment to providing the solutions enterprises need to meet their most challenging technology demands."
The installation of the downtown conduit was funded in 2012 with $700,000 from the City's Fast Forward Fund. Beutler established the Fast Forward Fund in 2009 to assist with infrastructure improvements that help drive economic development and job creation. The LTIS has now grown to include over 300 miles of conduit across the city. The conduit project was supported by the Downtown Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community.