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January 02, 2014

Dark Fiber Shining its Light in New Jersey

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

While there are some areas of the country that are finding out that dark fiber and high speed Internet aren’t for them, others are still looking at the tech as the best way to build a positive business environment. The Morrison County (NJ) Record is reporting that it is one such area of the country embracing dark fiber. Consolidated Telephone Company in Brainerd (News - Alert) has begun installing wide swatches of fiber optics in Little Falls, NJ.

This is the second announcement in the last few days that the New York and New Jersey areas are getting new broadband fiber. The State of New York recently made it public that they are going to be rolling out some big time investment in fiber optics in 2014.  Little Falls is investing a rather significant amount itself, considering it is one city, as opposed to an entire state.

The town has said it will be putting up more than $500,000 in order to get local businesses set up with better Internet connections and faster speeds. The newspaper reports that one specific business started the call for the dark fiber installation and other companies followed suit. Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC (News - Alert)) was the logical choice to handle the job because they understand the area and are already doing business in Little Falls.

“CTC was already in Little Falls with some businesses, the schools and limited residential customers,” said Andy Isackson, marketing manager at CTC. “It was a costly endeavor to increase the fiber optics, so we partnered with several businesses to get it into Little Falls.”

Among the companies that are interested in getting access to the dark fiber are DJ Products, Larson Boats and the Little Falls School District. The cables that will drive the Internet connections were laid in the spring and summer of 2013 and are expected to be hooked up and activated by the end of the summer next year.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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