By: Masha Zager | Broadband Communities
August/September 2019

The municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, is strengthening the city’s economic position. Now Fairlawn is using fiber to lift the rest of the area as well.

Some contenders punch above their weight, and Fairlawn, a suburb of Akron, Ohio, is one of them. Though its resident population is only about 7,500, a high concentration of Class A office space boosts the daytime population to more than 40,000. In 2015, aware that business tenants increasingly depended on high-quality broadband and that residents considered fast broadband a quality-of-life issue, Fairlawn resolved to make gigabit broadband available to all homes and businesses.