CarverLink, an entity of the Carver County Public Services Division, is a publicly owned broadband fiber optics network installed in Carver County, MN (one of the Twin Cities metro counties) that became operational in the fall of 2013. The initial one-time construction costs for the CarverLink Network, which during construction was known as the Carver County Open Fiber Initiative (C.C.O.F.I), were 80% funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (A.R.R.A.) Federal Grant with the remaining 20% contributed by Carver County.
The initial CarverLink Network consisted of approximately 89 miles of base ring fiber with 33 miles of lateral fiber. Since inception the CarverLink Network has been expanding both transport capacity as well as physical infrastructure miles and as of 2021 has transport capacity of approximately 600 plus miles throughout Carver County and surrounding local area.
CarverLink directly provides services to public entities and several community support organizations within Carver County including the county, cities, schools, college, townships, housing, transit and primary hospitals and medical clinics. CarverLink provides these entities with “dark” fiber and/or “lit” fiber services in the form of Internet.
In the private sector, CarverLink does 'not' directly offer or provide fiber connectivity to business or residents, but instead provides the opportunity for the initial service provider in our network, Metronet (formerly Jaguar Communications), to provide services to businesses and residents of Carver County. CarverLink also oversees the availability of dark fiber within our fiber network, which is available to qualified service providers or other entities using dark fiber for new opportunities (open access/open interconnect fiber). And through our open access fiber, services are also available from Arvig Communications, utilizing the CarverLink Network.
On May 12, 2022, CarverLink will be issuing a Request for Bid (RFB) for the CarverLink Connect Up Carver Initiative, which is an initiative that would collaborate in a public/private partnership between the County and a service provider to provide the availability of fiber connectivity to all identified under/unserved residential/business appropriate addresses in the County where fiber connectivity availability is not already provided or planned for availability in the near future. This fiber connectivity would provide high speed wired fiber services at symmetrical upload/download speeds of no less than 100MB up/down. More information can be found on our Connect Up Carver tab.