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Dark Fiber Leasing Program

Low cost, citywide dark fiber for telecommunications companies, wireless operators, enterprise networks, data centers and others with critical, high capacity needs.




Riverside Public Utilities offers dark fiber leases on its 120-mile network, which connects office buildings, industrial properties and data centers, and serves 5G-ready sites throughout the city limits. Internet service providers or wireless operators can lease fiber and use it to deliver connectivity to customers, and businesses can use it to create their own wide area enterprise networks. More locations will be added, with the goal of making dark fiber connections available to industrial and commercial customers everywhere in Riverside.

For more information, please contact us at: gbuydos@riversideca.gov and 951-826-2144.


 


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Dark Fiber Leasing Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Monthly Recurring Costs
Non-Recurring Costs
Current Master Planned Projects
Security Policy


 

Dark Fiber Leasing Program

Industrial-class networking for businesses

Dark fiber leasing for data centers, telecommunications companies, enterprise networks and other businesses with critical, high capacity needs.

Riverside Public Utilities operates a fiber optic network with connections to a limited number of office buildings, industrial properties and data centers within the Riverside city limits. As the network grows, more locations will be added, with the goal of making dark fiber connections available to industrial and commercial customers throughout the city.

Dark fiber is a fundamental building block of high speed data networks. RPU provides a physical connection between two or more customer locations, or between customers and third-party facilities such as data centers. Customers install and maintain their own equipment on both ends of the connection and "light up" the fiber strands they lease, subject to RPU's terms of service.


For Internet Service Providers

Fiber connections to your customers

The RPU dark fiber network is open access. Any ISP can lease fiber and use it to deliver bandwidth to customers. It features:

  • 120 route-miles of fiber, throughout the City of Riverside.
  • Seven on-net buildings in Downtown Riverside, with more on the way.
  • Connected to RC3, a multi-carrier data center operated by the County of Riverside, with a connection to Level 3's Marlborough data center under development.
  • Connected to Southern California Edison's regional dark fiber and lit services network.
  • Owned, operated and maintained by Riverside Public Utilities.

For mobile carriers, wireless ISPs and infrastructure companies

Fiber, poles and power throughout the City of Riverside

Riverside Public Utilities delivers electricity to every location within the city limits, using both wholly-owned and jointly-owned utility poles. Combined with our 120 mile dark fiber network, these fully powered vertical assets offer an unmatched opportunity for deployment of next generation wireless networks


For more information about our dark fiber services or to get started right now, please contact Jerry Buydos at GBuydos@riverside.ca.gov or 951-826-2144.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get Internet service from RPU?

No. RPU only provides physical fiber connections (Layer 1) between two or more locations. To use a water analogy, we only offer an empty pipe.


How do I get high speed Internet service via RPU's fiber network?

There are two ways. You can lease a dark fiber connection to a data center, an Internet exchange point or a commercial Internet service provider, install the necessary equipment and buy bulk Internet bandwidth. Or you can work with a third-party telecommunications company to obtain the necessary dedicated connection and/or Internet connectivity.


What if there’s a problem with the fiber I lease from RPU?

RPU’s operations center is staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You’ll have an emergency number to call anytime there’s a problem with the fiber you lease from us.


I'm in an office building. Can I share a connection with other tenants?

Yes. RPU's fiber terminates at a particular place in any given building, usually in a telecommunications closet or other "minimum point of entry" (MPOE). Past that point, all cabling, routers and other equipment is the customer's responsibility. It is up to the customer to decide who is served and how it is done.


My building isn't on the "On-Net" list. Can I still get a fiber connection from RPU?

Yes. RPU can provide an estimate of the cost of extending our existing network to any commercial or industrial property in Riverside.


Can I get a fiber connection from RPU at my house?

No. RPU only leases fiber to commercial customers.

 

Monthly Recurring Costs

Monthly Lease Rates

Standard Fiber Service Per Month Notes
Strand-mile, first ten (10) strand miles $125.00 One (1) strand-mile minimum charge per leased strand, thereafter by tenth of mile (0.10)
Strand-mile, additional strand-miles $100.00 By tenth of mile (0.10)
Drops/laterals $150.00 Minimum per mile or tenth of mile (0.10) fraction thereof, up to twelve (12) strands
End Points $150.00 Up to twelve (12) strands
Additional Terms
Discount for 10 year minimum term 30% Per strand-mile, not applicable to drops/laterals or end points

Master Planned Projects

Riverside Public Utilities has a roadmap for future development and expansion of our dark fiber network. We maintain, and periodically update, a list of Master Planned projects. When a customer’s request for a network extension coincides with a future, planned project, RPU will pay for 50% of the installation cost.


Public Agency Amortization

RPU offers public agencies the option of financing non-recurring capital costs over the term of an agreement, at a 4% interest rate.

 

Non-Recurring Costs

Customer’s Installation Cost Responsibility

The customer is responsible for the cost of installation work done at the customer's premises and/or at billable end points. The customer is also responsible for the cost of new construction work, if any, required to reach the premises and/or end points, including the cost of building new facilities needed to complete intermediate connections. Such work will be billed at the work order cost plus 15%, payable in advance.


RPU’s Cost Responsibility

RPU is responsible for the cost of work needed to complete intermediate connections at existing RPU facilities along the leased fiber path, including but not limited to patch panels, splice cases and crossconnects. This responsibility includes work needed to expand the capacity of an existing RPU facility, for example adding a second patch panel or terminating additional fiber strands.


Third Party Costs

The customer is responsible for all costs associated with third parties, including but not limited to data centers, exchanges and telecommunications service providers, even when such work is necessary to complete intermediate connections. Whenever possible, such costs will be billed directly to the customer by the third party. If it is necessary for the third party to bill RPU, then RPU will re-bill the customer at the invoice cost plus 15%.


Fiber Capital Cost Summary and Participation

Facility Installation Cost Calculation Customer Responsibility RPU Participation
Fiber Network Extensions Work Order Cost +15% 100% of Actual 0%
Fiber Drops – 12 strand or more Work Order Cost +15% 100% of Actual 0%
Master Planned Projects Work Order Cost +15% 50% of Actual 50% of Actual

Dark Fiber Rates

Initial rates may be locked-in for up to five years, subject to a 2% annual cost of living increase. After the end of an initial (or subsequent) five year (or shorter) term, the rate will be the then-current published rate, as established by the Riverside City Council. This renewal rate may be similarly locked in for up to five years.


Payment

Lease fees are due in advance on an annual (calendar year) basis. Payment is due 30 days after invoicing, which will be done on a pro-rated basis for initial and final years, and on January 1st of intervening years.


Discount

A 30% discount will be applied to the fiber lease rate (but not to the drop/lateral/end point fee) for agreements of 10 years or more.

 

Current Master Planned Projects

RPU Master Planned Projects: 2017- 2020

Location Extent Minimum Capacity
Magnolia Avenue/Market Street First Street to Buchannan Avenue 288 fiber
University Avenue Market Street to Canyon Crest Drive 288 fiber
Chicago Avenue Martin Luther King Boulevard to Marlborough Avenue 288 fiber
Iowa Avenue Martin Luther King Boulevard to Palmyrita Avenue 288 fiber
Pierce Street Magnolia Avenue to Riverwalk Parkway 96 fiber

Master Planned Projects

Riverside Public Utilities has a roadmap for future development and expansion of our dark fiber network. We maintain, and periodically update, a list of Master Planned projects. When a customer’s request for a network extension coincides with a future, planned project, RPU will pay for 50% of the installation cost.

 

Security Policy

Physical Security

Only the fiber optic cable strands that a customer leases or that are used to monitor cable continuity will be terminated at a customer’s location. Customers will not have access to strands used by other customers or by Riverside Public Utilities.