The City of Boone is taking a step into the future, by working hand-in-hand with Ogden Telephone Company by installing an underground fiberoptic internet cabling system into all residencies within city limits.
“It’s the way of the future,” according to OTC General Manager, Jim Heckman. “It will help with the flow of information.”
OTC has been working with Central Cable who has employed 60 contractors working in teams of 4 to install the system to the eastern half of Story.
As of now, they have nearly completed the south eastern quadrant of Boone and will begin working north of Mamie to be finished by the end of summer.
According the Heckman, the new underground system will offer higher speeds, no data caps and a more reliable connection and service points when there is problems with internet.
Connection speeds with the capability to reach one gigabyte per second, compared to the average 30 megabytes that are offered with the copper lines.
The current underground connection supplied by Mediacom and Century Link is a copper-based platform that the OTC General Manager says is “outdated” and “could easily be replaced by something better.”
He told the Boone News-Republican that the issue of speed and reliability has always been a concern to the residents of Boone with the two current internet providers.
“The mainstream copper line system that hasn’t been able to keep up with the demands of the community for more bandwidth,” said Heckman.
Jim theorizes that within the next five to 10 years, the average house will need the internet capabilities that fiberoptic cabling offer large amounts of bandwidth as most homes will have multiple devices using internet, like televisions, tablets and smart devices.
The high internet speeds go past catering to the resident as they also offer doctors the ability to address patient concerns and file documentation inside and out of the office.
“The goal is to offer to anyone who wants to take advantage of the services we provide,” Heckman said. “Plus, it adds value to their property to those who have it after them.”