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Fiber optics coming to Gothenburg

GIC makes announcement at community celebration.

G-fiber, powered by Pinpoint Communications, will install and operate telecommunication services in Gothenburg offering Internet connection speeds up to one gigabit.

 

The announcement was made Wednesday night at a community celebration near the city four-plex.

“It’s important that people are going to have a local store and a gigabit-enabled community,” said Nate Wyatt of the Gothenburg Improvement Company. “Pinpoint wants G-fiber to be a community resource.”

Wyatt, chair of GIC’s fiber infrastructure committee, said G-fiber will offer faster Internet service, more bandwidth for more devices and other services for television and devices as well as line phone services.

The former Great Western Bank building, on the corner of 10th Street and Avenue D, will be renovated to house the business.

Installation of fiber throughout the city will be arranged through Pinpoint, he said, with service available by next summer.

However GIC still needs the community’s help.

For the project to move forward, Wyatt said they need 500 customers to sign up for services by Aug. 1 with a $10 deposit. The total was at 271 after Wednesday's celebration event.

Customers can choose a telephone, television or Internet service or any combination of the three.

“Pinpoint will then meet or beat current pricing,” he explained. “Packages can also be customized.”

Wyatt noted that a community access channel, on which community events like the Harvest Festival could be broadcast, will be available to customers.

He said he doesn’t know of any other community the size of Gothenburg to have fiber that isn’t supported by an infrastructure tax.

“Small towns may have fiber locally but their customers pay an infrastructure tax that goes into a universal service fund,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt said the high number of responses to a telecommunication needs survey by the community in April played a big part in Pinpoint’s decision to locate in Gothenburg.

Wednesday’s celebration was also to thank the community for returning about 1,300 surveys which far surpassed expectations.

Pinpoint chair and CEO Richard Shoemaker was impressed by the response, he said.

Wyatt said Gothenburg has benefitted by its location along Interstate 80.

“Today, the infrastructure for commerce is connection,” he said. “This puts us back on I-80.”

GIC’s infrastructure committee has worked to bring fiber optics to town for about five years, Wyatt said.

 

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