Clackamas County constructed 192 miles of dark fiber broadband infrastructure through Oregon City, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Damascus, Boring, Sandy, Estacada, Colton, Molalla and Canby. Construction of the Clackamas Broadband Express (CBX) consists of two rings – one small ring within the heavily populated northwest portion of the county, and one large ring through the heart of the county. In addition to the two fiber rings, CBX also constructed a fiber spur from Sandy to Government Camp along Highway 26 and a fiber spur from Oregon City to Wilsonville. Backbone capacity for the CBX fiber network ranges from 144 count fiber to 216 count fiber.
As planned, CBX initially benefitted a number of “community anchor institutions.” These include public agencies such as schools, police, fire stations, libraries, healthcare centers, governments, transportation facilities and utility companies. In addition, CBX benefitted current broadband service providers and businesses throughout the county by providing nondiscriminatory, cost effective, high speed infrastructure. CBX will allow service providers to expand and enhance services and improve service delivery to their customers, as well as assist local businesses in becoming more viable in a global marketplace.
Although Clackamas County is managing the dark fiber network, it will not provide any direct retail broadband services to homes, public entities or private businesses. The County’s role is to maintain and expand the dark fiber network and make it available to public agencies and private telecommunications companies through lease agreements.