Welcome to the Fiber Build vs. Buy Calculator

This tool will help you decide which of the three different fiber connectivity approaches is the best option for your school district to get the bandwidth you need at the right price.

Lit Fiber

Fiber-optic cable that has been installed and activated by service providers.

Leased Dark Fiber

Fiber-optic cable that has been installed and is not yet in use.

Self-Provisioned Fiber

Fiber-optic cable that has been installed and is district-owned, maintained, and operated network.

The tool calculates the estimated bandwidth needed over a 20-year period, to help determine which approach best suits your budget and to justify your chosen fiber selection to the Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC).

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