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Introducing Connecting our communities; past, present and future. Workshop 2009 www. nictd. com/fiberlink
South Shore History Since 1908, the South Shore has been in the business of delivering value to the communities it serves by moving people and freight. The passenger and freight services were separated in 1990. The passenger service, right of way, and passenger assets became the sole responsibility of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). The freight service is owned by South Shore Freight. Each year South Shore moves millions of people and millions of tons freight along its route from Chicago to South Bend.
Inception of SSFL Over the last half decade, NICTD has installed a significant amount of fiber optic cable along it’s railway to provide high speed connectivity for it’s internal use. Not knowing what the future would bring, the system was designed with excess capacity. NICTD is proud to announce it’s latest and most significant contribution to the technological community with the introduction of: It is SSFL’s mission to provide value to the communities it serves by allowing the use of its fiber to compete in a broadband economy. Historical Past meets Innovative Future
Contact Information Normal Business Inquiries [email protected] com 888 835 2691
Who is South Shore Fiber Link? SSFL is an initialve of NICTD and is in the business of leasing carrier grade, vendor neutral, dark fiber “circuits” to corporate consumers along its right of way. It is not a phone company, internet service provider or cable company. Our region led the industrial revolution of the mid 1900’s with rail and highways. It moved people and materials from east to west like no other part of the country. Now, the SSFL now puts us at the head of the next revolution; the technological one. It allows customers to move data through the heartland of America at exponentially fast speeds, in a secure , high grade manner and at price points only a community partner can offer.
What does SSFL Provide? South Shore Fiber Link provides it customers with a pair (2 individual) of dark fibers (no electronics) from one end of the system to the other. These fiber pairs are packaged as fiber “circuits” and leased in an aerial or terrestrial (underground) bundle running the length of the system, or both to create a loop. The circuits are offered on lease programs that range from $1, 000 to $2, 000 per month. These circuits provide a “Backbone” connection. Each customer is responsible for connecting their lateral fiber to specifically designated cross-connect points.
IMPACT? Significant Cost Savings Phenomenal Speeds Hardened Security Choice Existence in the Global Information based Economy
Broadband: Bandwidth Speed Comparisons 56 K Dialup. 256 K/1. 5 M T 1 DSL 1. 5 Mbps 10 Mbps LAN DS-3 45 Mbps 100 Mbps 1 Gbps (Gig-E)
The SSFL Model Broadband Users Direct SSFL Fiber Connection Broadband Users Direct fiber connectivity between broadband users and/or Service Providers. Direct SSFL Fiber Connection Network Service Providers
Local Telephone Access Systems Broadband Users Access Points Community Access Systems Network Service Providers
Sample Configuration Backbone Lateral Customer Location
St Joe county Access System
La. Porte County Access System Possibility
Porter County Access System Possibility
Lake County Access System Possibility
Favorable Conditions Michigan City Access System Regional Broadband Strategy House Bill 448