SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– City Utilities expands its “fiber-optic network” by over 1,000 route miles to enable high-speed affordable services to all of Springfield.
Dean Thompson, Associate General Manager Economic Development and SpringNet said, “If you’re from outside Springfield, collaborative environment is amazing.”
The project will offer Springfield a fiber-optic network by over a thousand miles in the next three years.
A gigabit of service will be offered to residents who purchase it.
Gary Dixon helped get the new project kicked off. He said he believes the project will be transformational to Springfield’s future.
Mayor McClure said the two priorities in the project are economic vitality, the entirety of the economic process, and quality and place.
McClure said, “This is an important week as this announcement leads way to around 50,000 college students in town. This is so key and so crucial to us. I congratulate Century Link and all of us.”
Scott Miller of City Utilities answered a few questions about the new project:
Q: Will this give high-speed internet access to anyone who doesn’t have it right now?
A: CenturyLink will offer the service across the entire community and each individual household will choose to opt-in or not.
Q: Will this serve some places Mediacom doesn’t serve?
A: The service is expected to cover the majority of Springfield city limits and a little bit beyond.
Q: What will this cost people? Will it be more affordable than Mediacom?
A: The cost has not been determined yet but customers can go online to https://www.centurylink.com/home/ to get an estimate.
Q: Will they use what’s already in the ground? Or need more cables laid?
A: CenturyLink plans to install over a thousand cables of fiber across Springfield and the capacity will be available to any telecom company that wants to use it.
Q: Will this bring more jobs to the area?
A: It is hard to predict the future but being a gigabit city and having access to all areas of the community will promote existing jobs it will allow for future jobs and expansion of companies.