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Pittsburgh stands up citywide fiber network

Pittsburgh will connect 131 city facilities through its new unified citywide fiber network as part of the NetPGH initiative.  

Under a 10-year, $10 million contract awarded to Crown Castle, the city’s fire and EMS stations, recreation and healthy active living centers as well as critical public safety infrastructure will run on a single high-speed network. This network will improve the delivery of core services as city departments migrate from disparate institutional networks, city officials said.

In July 2019, the Federal Communications Commission required cities to pay for institutional networks provided by cable franchise operators. About half of Pittsburgh’s facilities were on institutional networks.  The city not only expected costs related to those systems to rise, but it also wanted a resilient network to connect city government and its residents.

In October 2020, the city’s Department of Innovation & Performance issued a request for proposals for a streamlined network and unified experience for city facilities that would improve standards of service, delivery and availability.  

The high-speed network will help the city advance its Smart Corridors initiative to improve traffic efficiency and prioritize mobility of transit vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, officials said. The contract will also allow enable expansion of the Rec2Tech initiative, which converts recreation centers into learning labs where children can coding and video game design skills.

This improvement of core services delivery “will create a more resilient municipal government, enhance our ability to serve the public, and promote digital equity,” Mayor William Peduto said.

Crown Castle has also been working with the city to deploy 5G infrastructure.

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