Country Cablevision Chooses Clearfield for Fiber Network Build

  • Clearfield
  • FTTH
  • Fiber Management
MINNEAPOLIS Country Cablevision, one of the first cable TV operators in the country to embrace FTTH technologies, has begun deploying Clearfield's FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) as part of its broadband network build in the rural mountain counties of Mitchell and Yancey, N.C.

Country Cablevision was awarded $25.3 million in broadband stimulus funding to provide high-speed Internet services to more than 33,000 people, 1,900 local businesses and 120 community institutions.

Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield, comments, “While the traditional hybrid fiber/coax network has served the CATV community well, the emergence of FTTH networks in the multiple service operator space demonstrates the immediate and long-term economic opportunity of a rich fiber network.”

As part of the deployment, Country Cablevision plans to place more than 100 FieldSmart FSC 288 PON cabinets throughout its service area. Through the incremental design, capacity can be easily scaled to the maximum configuration of the cabinet, allowing Country Cablevision to align the investment in capital equipment to the turn-up of revenue-generating circuits.

“With this project, we reviewed several architectures and had many options for housing our optical splitters and fiber terminations,” says Randall Miller, president of Country Cablevision. “We selected Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center as it provides a centralized point from which we can serve hundreds of customers. The Clearfield cabinet offers the best fiber protection, access and management in the industry, which will allow us to maintain a state-of-the-art network for many years to come.”

The project is already under way, and Country Cablevision expects to begin turning up fiber service in early 2013.

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