Denver Public Schools (DPS), Colorado’s largest school district, has selected Zayo for a dark fiber network. The network will connect 153 schools and sites, including two DPS data centers. The 618-mile solution consists of 562 miles of network in place or under construction and 56 miles of new build, which will be leveraged for follow-on tenants.

The district is funding the upgrade through E-Rate, a federal program that subsidizes internet infrastructure so schools and libraries can provide high-speed internet. This is the first year that dark fiber has been included in the program.

Zayo has implemented more than 30 E-Rate-funded solutions in Colorado. Additional projects have been completed or are underway in Georgia, California, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.