Corning Cable Systems will supply product and design assistance to Case Western Reserve University and its partners in a historic initiative to test the power of super-high-speed Internet access to inner city neighborhoods.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Science at Case estimates that as many as 72 percent of the households in and around the University in the city of Cleveland have no Internet access.

“We believe that access to the Internet at the international gold standard of one Gigabit/sec, coupled with integrated training and support, can change people’s lives for the better,” said University VP for Information Technology Services, Lev Gonick, in a statement. “Collaborating with more than 40 community participants, we intend to launch a University-sponsored research program.”

Corning Cable Systems’ FlexNAP Terminal Distribution System will provide design flexibility to Case’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The solution is a cost-effective method of deploying optical fiber in outside plant distribution networks. Compatible with both aerial and below-ground applications, the cable and network access points are tested and shipped as a complete distribution cable/terminal system.

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