“These communities in western Minnesota are great examples of the digital divide, where demand for access to better broadband services is very strong, but the fact that these areas are very rural has discouraged additional investment – until now,” said Kevin Beyer, general manager at Federated and Farmers. “These Stimulus awards have turned the tables, and with these funds the residents and businesses of this region will soon have what we believe will be one of the most advanced broadband networks in the nation at their disposal. We look forward to working with our long-time partner Calix to bring this state-of-the-art network to these communities, and in doing so not only enable the provision of superior broadband services to the local residents, but also lay a strong foundation for the entire region’s economic development.”
The rural subscribers included in these three Minnesota projects will be served via a powerful fiber access infrastructure enabled by the Calix Unified Access portfolio, including gigabit passive optical network (GPON) and ten-gigabit Ethernet (10GE) transport. Capable of delivering 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to each home and business if required, the networks being deployed are expected to be capable of meeting the broadband demands of each respective community for the next decade or more.
With today’s announcement, aggregate Calix vendor selections by Broadband Stimulus winners for “last mile” BIP awards has now reached eighteen different projects representing approximately $210 million in Stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.
Calix is a leading provider in North America of broadband communications access systems and software for copper- and fiber- based network architectures that enable communications service providers to connect to their residential and business subscribers. Calix has shipped seven million ports of its Unified Access Infrastructure portfolio to more than 500 North American and international customers, whose networks serve over 40 million subscriber lines in total.