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Posted on: January 28, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Holly Springs Ahead of the Trend with Fiber Network Backbone

Google Fiber's announcement that it plans to offer high-speed Internet service in several nearby towns has raised questions for people in Holly Springs.

Residents and business owners should know that the Town has been ahead of this trend in completing construction of its own state-of-the-art fiber optic network backbone in June of 2014.

The Town Council and the Information Technology Department recognized years ago that developing advanced network infrastructure would enable the Town to provide world-class government services, promote economic development, and ensure that broadband service in Holly Springs evolves over time to meet the needs of its residents, businesses, and public institutions.

With that goal in mind, the Town completed an extensive business case study in 2013 that established the feasibility of installing fiber optics to serve the Town government, local schools, and public safety agencies. Construction then began in December of 2013.

Although state law currently prohibits the Town from directly offering broadband services to its residents, the fiber project was specifically designed to enable a private company to offer advanced services to homes and businesses in the future. The network includes substantial amounts of spare fiber optic strands and underground conduit space that can be leased by a competitive provider.

“It is optimistic that Google is willing to make such a large investment in the area for a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. We look forward to seeing potential investment by a provider in the Holly Springs community in the future,” said Jeff Wilson, the Town’s IT director. “We will continue to seek out opportunities to expand broadband options for our residents and businesses.”

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