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North Stafford fiber connection to be announced

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An announcement will be made next month about improved fiber-optic connections at the Quantico Corporate Center in North Stafford.

The announcement will be made at a Dec. 10 invite-only event  in the building that holds University of Maryland University College’s facility at the Quantico Corporate Center off U.S. 1 near the Stafford-Prince William line.

Information will be presented at the event regarding “underground dark fiber infrastructure with connectivity to Ashburn and Richmond,” according to a save-the-date email that QCC developer the Silver Cos. sent Friday afternoon. Silver is expecting about 200 people at the event.

“Dark fiber” refers to existing underground fiber-optic cables that aren’t being used. Companies rely on fiber lines to send and receive data electronically.

Silver’s email stated that the new fiber lines will allow the Quantico Corporate Center “to become the nexus of network connectivity for government, industry and academia.”

Silver Vice President David Newman, who has been handling leasing at the QCC, said he has been working with a company to enhance the development’s fiber connectivity and offer another service provider. The underground installation process has started, he said. He called it a “big step forward” for the development.

Newman said the enhanced fiber connections will benefit current and future companies at the QCC, as well as potentially other areas in the Fredericksburg region. He said they will bring down data costs for North Stafford businesses and help even the playing field with Northern Virginia.

Earlier this year, Stafford County bought 13 acres at the QCC for $3.4 million as part of its efforts to grow a technology and research park at the development. Stafford and its academic partners—George Mason University, the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College—are already offering classes there, and more are planned.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5424


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