Thursday, January 06, 2011
New fiber optic installations focusing on public facilities
Clearwave Communications recently sent a formal proposal to officials in Mt. Vernon, Illinios, to get permission to install a network of fiber optic cables to bring broadband internet to the region. If the project is approved, the fiber optic network would allow public institutions, medical facilities and educational buildings to leverage broadband technologies to improve the quality of services, the Mt. Vernon Register-News reports.
"We were the recipient of federal and state grant money. The project scope is to install fiber optic cable to anchor locations in southern Illinois," Mike Phalin, vice president of marketing and sales of Clearwave Communications told the Mt. Vernon city council, said.
"Our plans for Mt. Vernon are to tie into the existing fiber optic cable in East St. Louis, and then run to Mt. Vernon. From Mt. Vernon, we would continue to the river to the east, and south to Cairo, connecting the majority of communities in between," said Phalin.
Phalin told his audience anchor locations represent critical parts of the region that will serve public institutions and other critical facilities that will benefit significantly from access to fiber optic networks. After installation has been completed for the anchor lines, telecom companies frequently bid to use them as a foundation to establish commercial and residential fiber optic networks. Clearwave Communications has already announced plans to allow third-party groups to bid for access to the anchor lines.
The project is expected to cost $45.3 million and will install cable at 15 anchor locations in the region. Federal stimulus money is expected to cover $31 million of the expenses, while the state government would contribute $11.3 million to the project. The final $2.1 million will come from private funding. Phalin said the network would eventually connect 23 counties with more than 740 miles of fiber optic cable.
Providence, Rhode Island, will also be getting a similar fiber-optic cable installation. The Providence Journal reports the city's fiber optic initiative will focus on connecting academic institutions to empower area schools, colleges and universities through broadband internet access.
The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network is one of the program's most influential sponsors, and plans to begin construction on the project sometime in early 2011. The installation is funded by $21.7 million of federal stimulus money and another $10 million in private funds. The 339 miles of cable to be installed will bring broadband access to 50 educational facilities and government offices throughout the state.