Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced that the first two long-time Fairlawn, Ohio businesses that are connected to the City's new broadband network, FairlawnGig, are now delivering enhanced customer service and experiencing smoother business operations. Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. is the design-build network integrator and is operating and maintaining the network on behalf of the City. FairlawnGig's state-of-the-art fiber optic and carrier-grade wireless network delivers from 1 Gbps up to 100 Gbps connectivity to established enterprises, and is expected to attract new generations of professionals to the City and Akron-Fairlawn-Bath Township Joint Economic Development District (JEDD). FairlawnGig differs from many traditional broadband implementations in that it is the only entity within its area offering ubiquitous fiber and wireless coverage to the entire City and JEDD. By design, every service address will have access to a direct fiber connection, or fixed wireless, or standard Wi-Fi. The reliable broadband network is more than 20 times faster than anything previously available in the area. While the City of Fairlawn is a small community, its leadership thinks big. The City recognized the critical importance of high-bandwidth networking, as well as its ability to entice young residents who left for college to return and build their professional lives there. And by designing FairlawnGig as an open access network, the multiple service providers leasing connectivity will fund construction and operating costs. In this way Fairlawn has become the first gigabit city in Ohio and they've reached that milestone without new taxes or assessments. "Our residents and particularly our businesses have been starving for this level of connectivity," said Ernie Staten, Deputy Director of Public Service for the City of Fairlawn. "With Fujitsu, we're offering the Fairlawn community a broadband experience that's second-to-none nationally. It's not only allowing our businesses to advance their operations, but we expect it will also attract entrepreneurs - many of whose businesses depend on broadband - to Fairlawn."