Great Plains Communications is now rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and business connectivity with gigabit-speed broadband service to seven Nebraska areas, including North Bend and Creighton, utilizing funding from the 2020 CARES Act. CEO Todd Foje says this will allow for more operate from home capabilities in those towns.
Foje goes more in depth about the funding of this project.
The funding includes $1.08 billion of Coronavirus relief funds allocated to Nebraska and administered by the State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
Foje tells KTIC News residents and businesses can sign up for this service online or by phone.
Approximately 4,800 homes and businesses in the Callaway, Creighton, Deshler, Gordon, North Bend, Red Cloud and Sutherland communities will be able to sign up for gigabit broadband internet, GPC iTV video streaming service and GPC Whole Home WiFi powered by Plume Home Pass. Businesses will also be able to sign up for fiber-driven services with speeds up to 10 Gbps, streaming video and GPC Managed Business WiFi as well as fiber-driven voice services.
“The Callaway community is delighted that Great Plains Communications is taking steps to ensure our citizens who live and work in Callaway will have access to the high-speed fiber services they need for business, telework, learning, telehealth and more,” said Mark Kimball, Callaway Chairman of the Village Board.
“We believe that high quality, fiber-driven broadband services are a valuable and vital resource for communities to flourish,” said Foje. “Our company is honored to partner with state and government agencies to help deploy fiber into these rural communities to allow for more effective distance learning, telehealth and the latest technology and reliable connectivity to attract new businesses and residents to grow these communities.”
Construction is near completion in most areas with customers being turned up in phases. The projects are scheduled for full completion by the end of the summer, 2021.