By Myrna Trauntvein
CentraCom Internet representatives want to bring fiber to the homes of all city residents and wants the city to allow that to happen.
Branch Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Brad Welch, product manager Eddie Shelley, fiber optic technician, and Faylyn Catmull, customer service and community development representative, all attended Nephi City Council meeting and asked to present a plan during the public comment period.
“It sounds like a mutually beneficalc venture to me,” said Glade Nielson, mayor.
“With your approval we will start with the aerial project right away,” said Cox.
Seth Atkinson said that CentraCom could continue, for the time being, with the agreements they already had in place with the city.
“We have a joint use agreement,” said Cox. “We have a franchise agreement with Nephi City.”
The joint use agreement allows use of city utility poles.
CentraCom will also need a facilities agreement.
Kyle Marchant, city public works director, said that he had found that CentraCom was good to work with and had, in fact, helped the city with some repair and installation in the past.
“They have been really good to help us bore,” said Marchant. “We don’t have a boring machine.”
Cox said that CentraCom wanted to continue that relationship and appreciated the franchise agreement with the city.
“Nephi will be our first complete fiber city,” said Welch. “A lot of local businesses have been on fiber for years.”
Nephi owns their own power system and is a member of UMPA, said Welch. He said they had done fiber for UMPA.
“The project, if you approve, will take approximately two years to finish,” said Cox.
CentraCom is an internet service provider offering cable coverage to 92 percent of Nephi. In addition to internet, they also offer TV and home phone service.
“There will be some low hanging fruit that will be easily done,” said Welch.
Cox said that it was not like putting in water lines; fiber could be turned on as the company proceeds. As a neighborhood is done, that neighborhood will have full fiber function.
“We would like to work with the city to put fiber underground in all new subdivisions,” said Cox.
That way the fiber could be engineered into the project.
“We do have fiber in new subdivisions,” said Welch.
Fiber to the home (FTTH) is now cost effective and especially so since most homes want the high speed services that would justify fiber optics. FTTH is a big focus of communications today.
Cox said the plan was to “overbuild” with fiber. Fiber cable is lashed onto the aerial “hardline” coax used for the rest of the network or is pulled in the existing conduit underground.
CentraCom Internet service gives download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
Customers can enjoy everything the Web has to offer, including downloading HD movies, uploading photos, streaming TV shows or simply surfing for fun.
There is less waiting and less buffering. There will be fast speeds even with the whole family online at the same time.
“Our pricing is on our website,” said Welch. “Prices actually tend to go down.”
On the CentraCom site it states that: “Band widths range from 10 Mbps for $35.95 per month to 100 Mbps for $99.95 per month for Fiber Internet service.”
The service is now available in select subdivision developments.
Mbps, or megabits per second, is the speed of your Internet connection.
Think of it like a pipe. Higher Mbps indicates a bigger pipe which will load web pages faster, allow more devices to run on the same connection simultaneously, and enable fast download speeds for music, photos, streaming movies and more.
“We want fiber to be available to low income families and to the high school,” said Justin Seely, council member.
That would be possible, said Cox. In fact, those with district-owned devices would receive free service.
CentraCom would create something like “Wasps’ Nest” for the district. They have a similar offering in North Sanpete known as the “Hawks’ Nest.”
CentraCom also provides Local Channel 10 which allows viewers to watch local high school games.
Welch said that CentraCom had a building in the city which provided another benefit for the system.
“”Having high speed internet at reasonable prices will be a benefit,” said Nathan Memmott, city council member.
CentraCom high-speed Internet service is available in many Utah communities. It is also available in West Wendover, NV.
“In Lehi we are one of six providers,” Cox said.
He said they know there will be others who would like to come to Nephi. CentraCom believes in an open internet and are not prioritizing or blocking traffic.>