The Port of Ridgefield is investing in dark fiber optic infrastructure to promote world-class, high-performance economic development in Southwest Washington’s Discovery Corridor. A publicly-owned dark fiber loop will reduce time-to-market deployment of high-speed fiber. The loop will lower up-front capital needs for service providers and allow them to better compete in serving their end users. In turn, their clients will benefit from system access, lower costs, greater bandwidth and more reliable service for basic business infrastructure. This project has begun and will continue to evolve in 2016 and beyond.