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Community Area Networks

Access to fiber optic networks will determine who wins and loses in the future. Bring your community together and position yourself to win. MCE can help you discover how small actions create big changes in your community.

Collaborative, connected communities

Community Area Networks (CANs) unite communities through a high-speed, fiber-optic infrastructure, enhancing community services, public sector efficiency, and private sector growth. These networks, often starting as small-scale projects, evolve into comprehensive, community-wide systems. They are built on the foundation of public and private partnerships, harnessing the collective vision of municipalities, educational institutions, libraries, hospitals, nonprofits, and technology providers. Tailored to each community’s budget, performance needs, and goals, CANs represent a blend of innovation and practicality, delivering robust, reliable, and affordable network access.

Key benefits

Speed & Reliability

CANs significantly increase bandwidth capacity and enable high-speed, real-time services, even for those in rural and underserved communities.

Cost Savings

Minimized ongoing costs, inexpensive upgrades, and increased productivity are just a few cost-saving features. Oftentimes, ROI is enjoyed in 5 years or less.


Collaborative tools are resource-intensive. Fiber optic-based CANs provide a way to bring these tools to a collaborative platform, regardless of geography.


CANs help reduce redundant purchase. Servers, data storage, software, applications and more, can all be shared across the network.


Take charge and control your network infrastructure. CANs allow you to centralize servers, keep pace with tech change, expand and scale as you see fit.


Fiber based CANs provide the most secure connection for your data and allow for diversified disaster recovery and other effective tactics for mitigating downtime.

CAN development phases

Discovery, feasibility & needs assessments

In the initial phases, the focus is on kick-starting the conversation with key stakeholders, guiding them through feasibility studies, needs assessments, and goal creation. This step is crucial for identifying and addressing specific requirements and challenges unique to each community, ensuring a customized approach to digital solutions. Engaging in comprehensive analysis and open dialogue lays the groundwork for developing effective, sustainable digital infrastructures aligned with the community’s vision and needs.

Aligning leadership & consensus building

During this phase, support is gathered and traction is gained, laying a solid foundation for project success. Through regular meetings, advice is provided on spreading the word throughout the community, coordinating budgets, legal reviews, and more. This stage is critical for establishing a unified vision and obtaining buy-in from all stakeholders, ensuring that every voice is heard and considered. Additionally, it involves strategizing on how to effectively manage resources and navigate any regulatory landscapes, which is essential for smooth project progression and alignment with community goals.

Installation, maintenance & long-term support

With a collective vision in place, the process moves forward with designing and engineering plans, obtaining necessary permits, and facilitating the bidding process for labor and material vendors. Once the appropriate teams and resources are assembled, the focus shifts to managing the installation process to ensure that it meets the outlined specifications. The commitment extends beyond installation, emphasizing the importance of protecting the network with coordinated maintenance and providing long-term support. This sustained support ensures the project remains effective in meeting the evolving needs of the community.

We’re ready when you are

When you partner with MCE, you get our dedication and commitment to delivering solutions that are right for your business. Contact us today to get started.