Newport Utilities Launches Beta Testing for Gigabit Network

  • Magellan Advisors
  • Newport Utilities (NU)
DENVER, CO — Newport Utilities (NU), located in Newport, TN, has launched beta testing for its new fiber-optic broadband network, NUconnect. NUconnect is the result of Newport Utilities’ deployment of an electric system Smart Grid network. The Smart Grid network will help NU provide a more reliable electric delivery system which can reduce costs and improve outage reaction times. The excess fiber strands from the Smart Grid deployment have been used to provide the platform and backbone for a high speed fiber optic broadband network.

Delivering Gigabit Service to Anchors, Businesses and Residents
Newport Utilities and the City have worked alongside Magellan Advisors as the prime integrator for the past 12 months to plan, design, and construct its newest service that will deliver gigabit broadband, voice and video services to Newport’s anchors, businesses and residents. NU recognizes that high-speed broadband is essential for all communities large and small, and that access to state of the art broadband will allow Newport’s businesses to compete on a larger scale, and provide its citizens access to better education, healthcare and quality of life.

NUconnect launched its beta testing in the first quarter of 2018. To date there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the speed, pricing and reliability of broadband access.

About Magellan Advisors
Magellan Advisors is a broadband planning and implementation firm. Its team of experts has diligently worked alongside the staff at NU to assist them in launching this next-generation broadband network. Magellan’s team supported NU in preparing a network strategy, securing $32 million in financing, developing the business plan, and provided full engineering, construction and integration of all aspects of the fiber to the home network.

“The team at Magellan has been elated to work with the dedicated staff at NU and the City of Newport who had a vision and desire to enhance the lives of its citizens and community through connectivity," said
Magellan’s SVP Kyle Hollifield. "We couldn’t be happier to see the network in its activation phase and have confidence that NUconnect will strengthen the already great community of Newport, TN through access to cutting edge gigabit technology."

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