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Tilson Supports Vision for Connected 5G Community in Discovery Park District


Tilson has partnered with Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) to design, build, own, and operate a neutral host fiber network located in Discovery Park District adjacent to Purdue University. The network spans across the district’s 400-acre development comprised of residential units, businesses, and research facilities.

PRF is dedicated to developing the Discovery Park District into one of the most connected communities in the world to foster innovation and harness the full potential of 5G capabilities. This network is the first step towards realizing the promise of advanced manufacturing, Internet of Things (IoT), private networks, artificial intelligence, big data, and other emerging technologies.


The fiber network at Discovery Park District must support multiple retail service providers including at least three ISPs, private network operators, IoT developers, and future fiber-fed technologies. These diverse use cases demand a robust, flexible, and dense fiber architecture that all parties approve of for their respective deployments.


To facilitate a level playing field and foster participation, Tilson leveraged its in-house expertise in fiber contract negotiations to create a universal rate card which will ensure non-discriminatory pricing across a variety of customers.

In parallel, Tilson’s engineering and construction teams designed, built, and operate 15 miles of fiber to connect all current and future buildings through an edge data center in Discovery Park District. This creates the foundation for wired and wireless services such as 5G carrier service, district Wi-Fi, and private networks. The access model used by Tilson allows for the deployment of 5G capabilities from multiple providers and creates a competitive landscape for the continued advancement of technology by enabling customers to test and evaluate innovations.

“The connected solutions of the future require a different technology architecture than we use today. The development of a neutral host platform at Discovery Park District will enhance the opportunities to advance and apply technology to our research, business, and homes. Tilson’s infrastructure investment will provide our researchers and innovators with access to a suite of technology in a live, work, play community they can’t find anywhere else.” – David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer at Purdue Research Foundation.

How Tilson Infrastructure Can Help

Developing fiber networks for wired and wireless services, including enabling the use of 5G technology, is the first step in championing innovative research and cultivating a competitive economic landscape. Tilson offers flexible financing structures as well as expertise in designing, constructing, contracting, and operating fiber networks to realize your vision of a connected community.

Learn more about Tilson Infrastructure’s services or contact us to discuss your specific needs.


  • The Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) helps to advance Purdue University in the quest for discovery, learning, and engagement.


  • Building a fiber network that can support multiple retail service providers through a robust, flexible, and dense fiber architecture

Solutions / Services

  • Infrastructure development
  • Creative network solutions
  • Fiber contract negotiations
  • Project management

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