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Caren Skipworth, IT Director, Collin County, Texas

Collin County's Caren Skipworth was named Texas CIO of the year in January. One of her biggest accomplishments was building a multijurisdictional fiber communication network shared by Collin County, local community colleges and a handful of area cities.

Describe the shared fiber network.

We put in 124 miles of fiber that connected our county, the community college here, five of our largest cities and one of the ISDs [independent school districts]. We had a savings of about $1.3 million from the sharing of fiber that already existed in the ground.

It was a two-year project. We completed the last leg about [nine] months ago.

How do you use the network?


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