Lake Connections Selects Calix for Regional Fiber Network

  • Calix
  • Lake Connections
PETALUMA, CA - Lake Connections, a Two Harbors, MN-based service provider, has selected the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 836GE Residential Services Gateway (RSG) for a broadband stimulus fiber access project across Lake County and eastern Saint Louis County in northeast Minnesota.

Lake Connections is managing and building a 2000-mile fiber network for the county, which was selected to receive broadband stimulus funding, providing all 18,000 residences and 1000 businesses in the region ultra high-speed data, voice telephony, and advanced video service in the previously underserved area. The $69.8 million project, which includes plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment, is funded by a $66.3 million broadband initiatives plan (BIP) combination of a grant and loan, along with $3.5 million in county investment. Aggregate Calix vendor selections by broadband stimulus winners for "last mile" and "middle mile" awards have now reached over 100 different projects representing over $2 billion in stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment.

Nearing the end of phase one of the network build, Lake Connections has already received permission from over 70 percent of the residents in the towns of Two Harbors and Silver Bay along Lake Superior to bring fiber to their premises. Supported by both GPON and point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet technologies over the Calix E7-2, this fiber network will provide Internet speeds up to 1 Gbps to each business and 100 Mbps to each residence, with the ability to increase all speeds to 1 Gbps in the future. Lake Connections will also utilize the Wi-Fi enabled 836GE RSGs inside of the customer premises, extending their access network into their subscribers' homes.

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