Sertex Broadband Solutions to build FTTH network for Vermont’s DVFiber

May 8, 2023
Sertex says it will begin the installation of more than 500 miles of fiber-optic cable this month.

Sertex Broadband Solutions says it has received a contract from Vermont’s Deerfield Valley Communication Union District, operating as DVFiber, to deploy a GPON fiber to the home network (FTTH). The FTTH deployment will pass nearly 5000 homes and business in 24 towns in southern Vermont.

Sertex says it will begin the installation of more than 500 miles of fiber-optic cable this month. The aerial deployment will leverage utility poles; Sertex also will be responsible for cable drops. The FTTH deployment is expected to last 36 months, leading to completion early in 2026.

DVFiber plans to offer 100-Mbps internet access and VoIP services via the FTTH network. Of the approximately 5000 locations the FTTH infrastructure will reach, 4,290 are currently underserved or unserved. DVFiber member towns include Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Londonderry, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stamford, Stratton, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Weston, Whitingham, Wilmington, Windham, and Winhall.

"We are pleased to have Sertex on our team as we work together to start bringing high-speed internet to the most underserved areas of our communities,” stated Steve John, DVFiber's board chair. “Sertex's experienced leadership, community-based approach, and quality work will be enormous assets to this transformational project."

"We are proud to partner with DVFiber in expanding the Deerfield Valley's digital infrastructure," said Michael Solitro, CEO and founder of Sertex. "Our deployment crews are excited to begin connecting thousands of unserved and underserved residents and businesses in southeastern Vermont to reliable, community-based high speed fiber internet. We understand how important our work is. Gigabit connectivity is truly life changing in rural areas, as it opens new doors for remote work, education, medical care, and economic opportunity."

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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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