MAY 6, 2008 -- ONUG Communications Inc. (search for ONUG) has received from the City of Danville, VA, a contract to plan, engineer, and implement turnkey communications infrastructure for Phase II of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative.
According to the City of Danville, it has plans to create a "generation community broadband fiber-optic network infrastructure to provide access to advanced communication services in a phased deployment to every household and business within its boundaries."
The project is currently in Phase II of the home fiber deployment which will primarily connect local businesses. The city's Utilities Department has received authorization to expand into the Danville business market. This phase of the project follows the completion of Phase I, which dealt with the engineering and construction of the municipal area network. As stated in the request for proposal, "The Utilities Department is focused on providing a complete, long-lived solution that enhances economic and utility opportunities for the Dan River Region and improves quality of life for residents."
"High-speed, high-capacity broadband access to Internet-based information, data, and communications is fast becoming as important as traditional utilities, yet large parts of rural America are losing out on jobs, economic development, and civic participation because of inadequate access to the Internet," stated Daniel Huffman, president of ONUG Communications.
ONUG is providing outside plant network engineering and design for the fiber-optic municipal area network set to create the fiber-to-the-business services. The services will extend to the various business, office, and commercial areas within the city.
Just like the rural electrification programs of the 1930s, governmental organizations and industry are stepping in to play a significant role in bringing innovative service to rural and underserved areas said Huffman.
"Forward thinking townships and cities often lead the way for their citizens in developing fiber networks and closing the digital divide," acknowledged Huffman.
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