With 10,000 miles of fiber to design, build and operate across California, VETRO’s cloud-native mapping and fiber management platform will simplify and accelerate the implementation of the massive state-run project
Portland, ME, MAY 2, 2023 — VETRO, a provider of the market-leading, user-friendly cloud-native fiber management system has been selected as the system of record for what will be the nation’s largest broadband network. When complete, California’s 10,000-mile fiber network will enable affordable and reliable connectivity to unserved and underserved communities throughout the state.
Through the construction and connection stages and into the future, the network will require a powerful system to identify, map, and manage every single strand of fiber—each about the thickness of a hair—with precision. VETRO helps to fully optimize the business value of the network by radically simplifying the digitization, data visualization, and management of fiber assets.
“We’re excited to partner with California’s middle-mile broadband team to aid their efforts to accelerate the deployment of high-speed fiber to ultimately connect underserved and unserved communities throughout the state. The VETRO team is eager to contribute to this meaningful impact on people’s lives,” said Will Mitchell, VETRO CEO.
VETRO FiberMap is an intuitive network mapping and fiber management GIS platform. Built on an open technology stack, delivered in the cloud, and designed for true ease of use, VETRO’s mapping and fiber asset inventory software brings efficiencies to network owners, operators, and internet service providers (ISPs). VETRO replaces standalone GIS mapping tools and spreadsheets with a robust and managed mapping inventory of the network and connectivity. The open API architecture enables integrations with complementary technologies like business support system and operations support system (BSS/OSS), auto design, construction management, and more.
Once fully built, the middle mile network will serve as the fiber backbone connecting ISPs in local communities to the world, enabling economic development, digital equity, and a better quality of life. But to achieve the lofty goal of better connectivity, an extensive process of creating and comparing build, cost, and revenue scenarios must occur to ensure optimal deployment strategies. The state has already embarked on its collaboration with VETRO by utilizing VETRO’s services to facilitate initial project stages, including training and network design.
VETRO builds software that makes it radically simpler and faster for broadband providers to plan, design, build, and operate their fiber optic networks. VETRO is the only SaaS-based GIS fiber management platform that optimizes the business value of networks by simplifying the digitization, data visualization and management of fiber assets through an open, highly accessible and precise system of record for network assets. Our map-based SaaS platform is easier to use and more powerful than traditional tools and enables network operators and ISPs to benefit from a modern, integrated, and connected digital hub for their physical network assets. VETRO is leveraged by broadband providers for all phases of fiber optic network vetrofibermap.com.
About the Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative
Since Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 156 into law in July 2021, the state has fast-tracked the development of the middle-mile broadband network to ensure Californians can benefit from the opportunities provided by increased broadband access, which is critical to achieving digital equity and inclusion in the state.
Senate Bill 156, sponsored by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, included $3.25 billion to develop a statewide, open access, state-owned Middle Mile broadband network – high-capacity fiber lines that carry larger amounts of data at higher speeds over longer distances between local networks and the world. The 2022 budget package allocated an additional $550 million in future General Fund resources for the Middle Mile Broadband Initiative.
It is estimated that one in five Californians does not have an adequate internet connection. Once the Middle Mile network is complete, local carriers will have access to the network to provide communities with direct service to homes and businesses, as well as reduced-cost or free broadband internet service for those who are eligible.