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Project Overview

The DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN) is bringing affordable, value-added broadband services to over 250 health, educational, public safety and other community anchor institutions with a focus on broadband underserved areas of the District. As a middle mile network DC-CAN does not bring direct service to residents and businesses. However, interested last mile service providers can partner with the District government to bring affordable broadband to residents and businesses in the city.

Community Anchors

501c3 non-profit Community Anchor Institutions that offer health or education services in the District are eligible for DC-CAN service. 

DC-CAN service will be available within three months after contract signing and receipt of funds.

Last Mile Service Providers

The open access DC-CAN network provides middle mile services for ISPs and other last mile providers, including wavelength and Ethernet data transport at speeds up to 40 Gbps, Internet at speeds up to 1 Gbps, and colocation at our Reston data center location and on-net shelters and meet-me points. For more information about partnering with DC-CAN, select here.

Project Status

Buildout of the DC-CAN core open access network is complete.

Community Anchor services are available! Please contact DC-Net for more information.


Past activities:

Press and Media

For more on DC-CAN, please see our Media page.

Customer Service

Community Profiles

Community profiles highlight benefits to District non-profit community anchors, businesses and residents receiving DC-CAN broadband services.

Project Transparency

As a federally funded project under the ARRA, DC-CAN status is reported quarterly: 

  • Recovery.gov—Quarterly spending, jobs creation, summary financial information
  • NTIA.gov—Full quarterly program summaries, including accomplishments and plans for next quarter