Owosso, Michigan, Becomes “Gig City” with New Fiber Technology

  • DayStarr Communications
OWOSSO, MI — Owosso is now a “gig city,” thanks to the introduction of high-speed fiber infrastructure that is putting this small town on par with numerous other large cities around the country. Gigabit speeds are expected to increase property values, attract new businesses and provide another incentive to keep younger entrepreneurs and workers in town.

DayStarr Communications started building a fiber optic network in Owosso on its own — unlike most other gig networks — more than three years ago. Construction continues on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, with hopes of having the entire city finished within another two to three years. More than 2,000 homes already have access. Because of the cost of building fiber, it is unusual for companies the size of DayStarr to tackle this kind of project without loans, federal grants, etc., according to DayStarr President Collin Rose.

Demand for 1 Gig Will Increase Over Time
“The reason 1 Gbps Internet is not widely available today is because internet providers have to place new fiber optic lines on poles or underground as existing copper infrastructure that has powered the telephone and cable companies for years just isn’t sufficient. Building all new infrastructure is very expensive. We’ve received great cooperation from our local municipalities, but the installation process is time consuming. 1 Gig is still a fairly new option, but demand is increasing every day,” Rose explains.

“The 250 Mbps our internet customers start with is fast enough for many users today, but we know the demand for speed is only going to increase. All of our existing infrastructure has been upgraded to support 1G, and the fiber optic infrastructure we are placing today will support the demands of the future, like 10G.”

The National League of Cities defines a gigabit city as one where residents and businesses have access to internet connections operating at ultra-robust speeds up to one gigabit per second, or greater in some places. Other gig cities include Chattanooga, Tenn., Seattle, Wash., Kansas City, Missouri and Austin, Tex.

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