Kansas Office of Broadband Development, AT&T target Sedgwick County for FTTP

Jan. 23, 2023
The organization will supply $2.2 million, matched by $8.2 million from AT&T, to pass more than 10,000 locations with FTTP.

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development says that it will partner with AT&T on a fiber to the premises (FTTP) deployment in the state’s Sedgwick County. The organization will supply $2.2 million, matched by $8.2 million from AT&T, to pass more than 10,000 locations with FTTP. The project is contingent upon the signing of a final contract between the state and AT&T.

Planning and engineering for the FTTP deployment will begin once the contract is signed. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. AT&T will use the fiber network to offer internet access at rates up to 5 Gbps.

“Bringing fast and reliable AT&T Fiber to Kansas communities like this shows how we’re helping to close the digital divide through public-private partnerships,” said AT&T Kansas President Jim Jamison. “This decision from the Kansas Office of Broadband Development helps to bring the fastest and most cost-effective long-term internet solution to Sedgwick County.”

The AT&T Fiber network already passes 275,000 locations in Kansas. The company says it has invested nearly $1.1 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in the state from 2017-2021.

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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