Melissa Wheeler, Farm Bureau

The North Bend Eagle

 

Great Plains 'Fiber in Home' nearing completion

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 1/13/21

Fiber-optic internet speed is coming to North Bend. Soon.

As detailed in the Oct. 28, 2020, North Bend Eagle, Great Plains Communications received a $8.9 million grant through a federal CARES Act funding in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). Of this grant, $1,142,709 was designated for North Bend to cover bringing “Fiber to the Home” to 768 housing units. GPC added $1.4 million of its own funds to the project.

Great Plains plans to install the fiber in seven communities, including North Bend, currently classified as unserved or under served based on the Federal Communications standard of 25/3 Mbps download/upload internet speeds.

Work began in September and according to district manager Joe Wisnieski, the work is 75% done. Residents can see evidence of work in the alleys, which will continue through the winter.

“Of course it is all weather dependent,” Wisnieski said, “but we’d like to have the project completed by spring.”

The main line fiber is currently being installed with orange conduit being brought up to houses. Once all the main lines are installed, GPC will pull the fiber optics through the conduits and connect every one who requested connection. So far a few homes at Pioneer Lake and a few businesses downtown have been connected to the fiber optics.

 

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