Cass County Selects Calix E7 for Broadband Stimulus

  • Atlantic Engineering Group
  • Calix
  • FTTH
  • GPON
PETALUMA, CA ? Although the great majority of last-mile funding in the broadband stimulus program was awarded to rural telephone companies - which are the traditional recipients of Rural Utilities Service loans - the program also included several awards to local government entities. One of these was Cass County, Mo., which is now deploying fiber to the home using funding from the program, including an $18.2 million grant and a $7.8 million loan, along with $600,000 in matching funds.

Cass County will use the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) to deliver advanced broadband services to 18 unserved and underserved communities with more than 11,000 households and 700 businesses. Its 1,286-mile fiber access network will leverage GPON technology to deliver broadband services across an open-access network, including ultra high-speed data services of up to 1 Gbps, VOIP, video, smart grid management services, distance learning and telemedicine.

In addition to Calix, vendors include Universal Asset Management (UAM), which will oversee the project, and Atlantic Engineering Group as the construction partner.

"This last-mile project is critical in bringing world-class broadband services to the 90 percent of Cass County currently lacking such services, and will create an open network to maximize competition from different providers on the network," says Michael West, executive vice president for operations at UAM. "Calix was the clear choice in an access partner to make this project a reality, as the company has provided excellent service and the innovative access solutions that provide flexibility for future growth. We are proud to partner with Calix in this effort to bring social and economic development to the rural residents of Cass County."

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