Gervais Telephone Completes Stimulus-Funded FTTH Project

  • Broadband Stimulus
  • FTTH
WOODBURN, OR - One of the first companies - if not the first - to complete its broadband stimulus project is Gervais Telephone Company, a small cooperative that has provided phone service in northern Oregon since 1914 and that, over a decade ago, was one of the earliest deployers of fiber to the home in the United States.

USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced the award of $628,860 (half grant and half loan) as part of its Broadband Initiatives Program in January, 2010, and Gervais Telephone broke ground in October. As of today, 121 households, 24 businesses, two fire stations and a school have access to services over the new fiber-to-the-premises network, and the subscription rate is exceeding projections.

The project connects residences and businesses in two neighborhoods that have been poorly served until now, and, in keeping with the aims of the stimulus program, the company built the network using local contractors.

“I’m proud of our employees and contractors, who completed this project quickly and efficiently,” says John Hoffmann, the company's president. “The project has stimulated the local economy by providing local jobs and providing small businesses with reliable, affordable broadband service. It has supported education by connecting students, families and Eldriedge Elementary School. And it has improved public safety with the connection of the Broadacres and Waconda Fire Stations.”

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