Last Mile Access

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Client connections to the OARnet backbone are provided through a last-mile access service using one or more carrier partners. OARnet has high-speed interconnects with over 15 last-mile partners across Ohio to facilitate a cost-effective solution using a wide range of connectivity options. These include dark fiber, dedicated circuits and shared metro-ethernet connectivity. Clients can use multiple carriers to implement fully redundant and diverse connections to multiple OARnet PoPs. 

Client Benefits

  • State-contracted pricing and terms are available to our members from most carriers, resulting in cost savings through aggregate OARnet purchasing
  • OARnet Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) proactively monitors performance 24x7 to facilitate troubleshooting and reduce downtime
  • OARnet technical support for troubleshooting and services

OARnet Provides

  • Order management and consulting
  • CPE to monitor the status of the circuit
  • A comprehensive list of carriers and partners for last-mile service.
  • 24x7 network monitoring
  • Manages break fixes and initiates repair work with providers
  • Tier 2 support service with access directly to OARnet engineers
  • Tested equipment and trained technical staff
  • Collaboration facilitation between sites with multiple fiber builds

Client Provides

  • Contract with their last-mile carrier
  • Environment for OARnet CPE
For more information, please send an email to or contact your client relationship representative:
Education Services P-20, Education-related Healthcare and Research
State & Local Government, Government-related Healthcare and Research

Case Studies

Small OCU is doing big things for students through OARnet resources

Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, may be small, but its networking is now mighty thanks to some recent upgrades and optimization on the OARnet network.