Worcester Fiber Connectivity Report

Worcester’s Internet Landscape:

Findings and Recommendations from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Study

The Worcester Regional Fiber Optic Analysis and Review was prepared at the request of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. This report covers topics and background necessary to understand the benefits of the Worcester fiber optic network, as well as the history and current state of infrastructure.

This report discusses why the network is important to commercial consumers, specifically Worcester’s growth sectors. Although there are many providers and options available to commercial businesses for connectivity, this document will focus on the robust dark and lit fiber optic network that Worcester has in place today and its importance to economic growth in the city.

In summary, Worcester has the key elements necessary to support high-tech businesses because it has:

• Redundant and diverse long-haul fiber optic network connectivity (a.k.a. the Internet).

• Six different long-haul providers.

• Excellent metropolitan fiber network density.

• A carrier hotel in the center of the city (a co-location center or secure site where data communications are interconnected).

• Direct fiber connections to Boston, Hartford and New York City (where all internet, national and international traffic flows).

• Eight data centers within 20 miles.

• Eleven different service providers with fiber in the City.

• Over 20 providers with service delivery ability.

With a clear fiber implementation strategy and adjustments to local policies, the region will gain a competitive economic advantage. A set plan would support the growth of fiber capacity and maximize the economic output available through the existing and future network. This study outlines specific recommendations to implement a more robust fiber strategy aimed toward improving access and growing future fiber capabilities.