Calix has announced that the towns of Concord, MA, and Highland, IL, have selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio for their advanced broadband initiatives, which bring fiber forward to thousands of residences and business in their communities.??

Concord’s wholly owned and operated utility, Concord Municipal Light, is implementing a smart grid to help manage peak energy demand and enable residents to monitor their own energy usage. The two-way fiber-optic communications network will leverage the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver GPON to Calix 700GX/GE optical network terminals (ONTs) located at wireless collector sites attached to each transformer in the network. These collector sites are part of a wireless mesh network that includes smart meters and electrical devices, such as water heaters, in Concord’s homes  and businesses.

The city of Highland, IL, began, in 2009, planning and issuing the first in a series of $18.8 million bonds for the purpose of operating its own broadband network. The city has selected a combination of Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platforms (MSAPs), E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs), and the family of 700GX/GE ONTs to provide advanced broadband services that include voice, video and high-speed data services capable of delivering up to 1 Gbps to premises via GPON and point-to-point Ethernet technologies.

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