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Fiber optic project moves forward

Work began last week on the highly-anticipated Erwin Utilities fiber optic project that will bring locally-provided high-speed internet to Erwin.
Earlier this year, Lee Brown, general manager of Erwin Utilities, gave the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) details about the company’s Pilot Fiber to the Premise Project.
Brown told the board that the utility company plans to deploy a pilot project to bring broadband Internet and telephone services to serve approximately 1,200 residential and business customers in and around downtown Erwin. According to a map Brown shared with the board, the pilot program region covers the area within the boundaries of Horton Ridge to around Broad Street and from Nolichucky Avenue to Greenway Circle.
“The network will be used to electric system demand response, meter reading, outage reporting, improved communications and operations of electric, water and wastewater equipment and future load management,” Brown told the board in June. “It will also provide high-speed broadband Internet and telephone services, offering Internet speeds of 100Mbs with the potential to provide up to 1Gbs in the future and voice over Internet protocol telephone services.
“This will be the first true Fiber-to-the-Premise broadband Internet service in Erwin,” Brown continued. “Erwin Utilities will provide Internet service to customers at speeds thought only to be available in large metropolitan areas. Telephone service will include voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and unlimited long distance calling.”
Currently, crews have been working to install the fiber cable in the pilot project area. The work is being done in the vicinity of Main and Nolichucky Avenue. Part of the work to be done will be installation of fiber huts.
The huts, which are roughly the size of a small storage shed, will be used to house the electronic equipment along with the cables to facilitate the project.
“Erwin citizens will have the ability to obtain lightning-fast Internet speeds, up to a Gig that are typically only seen in larger metropolitan areas,” said Lynnsey Lewis of Erwin Utilities.
The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by early January.
“Erwin Utilities will evaluate the customer response and consider serving additional areas within Erwin Utilities’ service territory in the near future,” Brown previously said.