Calix Equipment Chosen for Five Broadband Stimulus Projects

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PETALUMA, CA – An additional five service providers have selected Calix gear to support $35 million of fiber access projects across the United States, all funded by the RUS broadband stimulus program. Calix has been a major beneficiary of the broadband stimulus program, with its products selected for 94 last-mile and middle-mile projects representing more than $1.8 billion in stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment. Only about 15 percent of total project costs are used for access network equipment.

The five providers are

- Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (CL Tel) of northern Iowa. CL Tel is using a $7.9 million BIP award to bring ultra-high-speed data, voice and IPTV services to previously unserved subscribers in the Clear Lake and Ventura area, as well as to improve the service of existing subscribers. CL Tel is planning to deploy gigabit Ethernet services on the Calix E7-20 Multi-Terabit Ethernet Services Platform (ESAP).

"As the local service provider, our business is an essential part of the local economy of our rural community here in northern Iowa," says Tom Lovell, general manager at CL Tel. "We have worked for years with the community government agencies and school district to ensure they had the broadband services needed to keep the area thriving. With this broadband stimulus funding, we can now further that commitment to the residents of the area by bringing one of the nation's most advanced fiber access networks [to] the citizens of our region."

- Castle Cable TV. This company's $7.2 million award, split evenly between a loan and a grant, will bring advanced broadband services over GPON to several communities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties of New York.

- Monroe Telephone Company. With a $5.7 million award, Monroe is providing high-speed data services to unserved areas of Lane and Benton counties in rural Oregon.

- Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone (SKSRT). SKSRT will use an $8.5 million award to deploy a new fiber access network, with supporting wireless infrastructure to provide broadband service in Pendleton and Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia.

- Warm Springs Telecommunications Company. A $5.4 million award will enable the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to build a hybrid fiber and fixed wireless telecommunications company to serve the 1,000 square miles of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. This tribally owned company will bring landline telephone and Internet services to all residents, government agencies and businesses on the reservation. The fiber network will also connect a number of anchor institutions, including Tribal Administration, the public safety radio towers, Kah Nee Ta resort, and the new Indian Head Casino.

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