GTC Broadband deploys Active Ethernet FTTH in southeastern Missouri

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 -- Missouri’s Granby Telephone Co. (GTC) Broadband has launched a multi-phase fiber to the home (FTTH) initiative in southwestern Missouri. The first phase of the Active Ethernet FTTH deployment, affecting approximately 2,500 subscribers, is scheduled to be completed next summer.

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 -- Missouri’s Granby Telephone Co. (GTC) Broadband has launched a multi-phase fiber to the home (FTTH) initiative in southwestern Missouri. The first phase of the Active Ethernet FTTH deployment, affecting approximately 2,500 subscribers, is scheduled to be completed next summer. The entire project is slated for completion in 2014.

According to GTC Project Manager Kevin Johnson, "People all over the world want to have this kind of fiber connectivity for broadband, IP, video, or phone service. Our customers' family and friends in other parts of the country and neighboring communities say they can't believe that a small community is getting such modern, up-to-date, world-class services."

Continued Johnson, "The biggest selling point to our customers has probably been the value this will bring to their homes. Realtors tell us that a property's worth is much greater if they have fiber to the home. Eventually, this brings people on board. Whether customers are trying the Internet for the first time or they're taking bigger and broader services packages, it has significantly increased our sales in these areas where fiber is already up."

To manage the multitude of fibers in this Active Ethernet deployment, GTS will deploy the FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Distribution System (FxDS) from Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD). The FxDS is a custom-configured system of fiber management components designed to reduce the cost of fiber deployment. GTS also will use Clearview Patch and Splice Cassettes and FxDS Tie Panels loaded with multi-fiber breakout style cables.

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