06 Apr Fiber Construction 2017
March 15, 2017 – For several years, Vernon Communications Cooperative (VC Co-op) has been aggressively burying fiber-optic cable to replace copper cable, due to its limitations, to provide high-speed broadband services. In 2016, VC Co-op reached a milestone with more than 1,800 miles of fiber-optic cable buried in their service area.
Innovations in fiber-optic technology are revolutionizing global communications. Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. Today, fiber-optic technology is recognized as the fastest and most reliable method to transmit internet, telephone, and television signals.
In a rural community, robust broadband services are essential to attract and retain businesses and residents. However, the 2016 Broadband Progress Report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated “the availability of services in rural America lag behind urban America and 39% of rural Americans lack access to 25 Mbps”. Accessible fiber-optic technology creates the availability of multiple services and internet speeds in excess of 100 Mbps (megabits per second).
VC Co-op is on a mission to build smart rural communities and today, fiber-optic technology is now buried to nearly every rural cooperative member’s location. The goal is to finish burying fiber-optic cable within the entire cooperative by 2020.
VC Co-op awaits the 2017 construction season with plans to complete the entire Village of La Farge, the western portion of the Village of Readstown, and a portion of the City of Westby.
In an effort to answer questions about the fiber construction project, an open house has been planned in these three communities. The Village of La Farge open house was held on March 8th at the Lawton Memorial Library. An open house is planned on Tuesday, April 11th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Readstown Municipal Building and on Wednesday, April 26th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bekkum Memorial Library in Westby. All residents and businesses that will have fiber construction on their property, during this phase of the project, will be mailed a letter with details of construction and an invitation to attend their local open house.