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Janesville expanding fiber optic connection to more buildings

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Andrea Anderson
May 13, 2014

JANESVILLE

What it is: Contractors are installing fiber optic cables from City Hall out to the Rock County 911 Center to increase Internet capacity, connectivity, speed and other services.

In the past, the city had outside communication providers that are slower than what fiber optics can provide, said Mike Payne, city engineer. Now, the city will maintain and own communication services exclusively used by the city or county.

Fiber optics are more reliable and recover files more quickly than outside providers, Payne said.

The fiber installation will connect the new transit center, city services, fire training center and 911 Center to City Hall, N. 18 Jackson St.

The expansion also will improve communication between the Janesville police and fire departments, which communicate internally within the city on radios but use the 911 Center for dispatching services. The upgrade will help eliminate previous delays of information, Payne said.

There is room in the new system for more buildings or entities to connect in the future, Payne said.

What's the progress: The first leg of work began a few weeks ago at City Hall and has moved south of Black Bridge Road in front of the Arrow Park building on North Parker Drive. Work will continue at the city services building, 2200 Highway 51, and the transit center at the corner of Black Bridge Road and Highway 51.

Work then will continue to the 911 Center, 3636 N. County F, and to the fire training center, 3000 County F.

Cost: $275,000

Completion date: The expansion to the new transit center and city services building will be complete by mid-July. Expansion to the 911 Center and fire training center will be complete by the end of August. Completion dates also are dependent on the weather.

For more information: Call Payne at 608-755-3160.



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