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Site secured for future Lander fiber hub

Site secured for future Lander fiber hub

The Lander Economic Development Association, in conjunction with Union Wireless, have secured a lease for the location of a new fiber hub for Lander, which ultimately will provide redundant service to the community. LEDA and Union reached an agreement for a property lease with the State of Wyoming for the piece of property (seen above) across Leedy Boulevard from the new Central Wyoming College Lander Center. The property will house a hub building along with a tower. “We are future-proofing small communities against outdated technology, and restricted expansion potential,” said Union Wireless Director of Engineering Kevin Kleinsmith. Beginning in 2013 at Rawlins, Union has installed three underground conduits into Lander and Hudson. One conduit currently holds 48 fiber optic strands into Lander. Two of these strands will be “lighted up” to provide immediate expanded local services while the other strands will be available for future use as the need arises. The two empty conduits will be available for future expansion by installing additional fiber strands or through leasing the conduit to additional broadband providers. Construction will begin with underground installations before the building and the tower are built. A timeline for installation is in the works, with weather being the primary variable. Upon completion of the tower, other broadband providers will be able to purchase additional bandwidth from Union in order to provide increased speed and redundant services to the community. Union has stated that several current internet/phone providers have communicated interest in acquiring the expanded broadband capacity when it is complete. The lease agreement with the state was completed in part due to $1,200 donations from Wyoming Community Bank, First Interstate Bank, Atlantic City Federal Credit Union, and Central Bank & Trust. #county10 #news