Work begins on fiber optics project for city, schools

2013-02-04T09:00:00Z 2013-02-04T09:35:04Z Work begins on fiber optics project for city, schoolsBy Brett Ellis/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
February 04, 2013 9:00 am  • 

Work has started on the installation of a fiber optic network created out of a partnership between Fremont Public Schools and the City of Fremont.

Great Plains Communications has begun working on the project’s first phase, which is scheduled to last throughout the month.

“There’s not a strict timeline because it’s weather-dependent,” said Heather Tweedy, media representative for Great Plains Communication.

Tweedy said there will be minimal disruption caused by the work. Traffic will not be affected.

“We’re going to be as non-invasive as possible,” she said.

Great Plains, based out of Blair, was the low bidder for the project largely because it agreed to share the installation costs with the school district and city.

The schools will put up $246,000 while the city will be responsible for $149,000.

The project will create higher bandwidth for the city’s wide area network and increase Fremont Public Schools’ Internet connection from 40 megabytes to 10 gigabytes.

“The benefits are going to be huge to the schools and the city,” Tweedy said.

The city and school district each will own their own strands, but will share paths throughout the city.

For example, the city would need to run a connection from the municipal building on Military Avenue to the power plant on the southeast side of Fremont, a path that also would go near Grant and Howard elementary schools.

The school district then would be responsible to get the fiber optics from the power plant to Fremont Middle School and Johnson Crossing Academic Center.

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