Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wisconsin's Marquette-Adams Picks Occam for Fiber Expansion

Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, which serves central Wisconsin, has chosen Occam Networks' BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to extend its fiber network throughout the southern parts of its service area. A combination of $20 million in second-round Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants and loans will fund the fiber deployment to over 4,600 previously-unserved homes and businesses.

"With the new funding, we will routinely deliver 100 Mbps access to our customers and will easily scale up to 1Gbps with Active Ethernet solutions from Occam," said Jerry Schneider, general manager of Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative.

Marquette-Adams started a six-year transition to an all-fiber infrastructure in 2008 utilizing Occam's BLC 6000 and a mix of GPON and Active Ethernet technologies. Over 1,000 existing customers are currently served over this network and the remaining 2,400 of Marquette-Adams customers will transition to fiber by 2012. Fiber subscribers are able to access traditional voice and data services, as well as video services such as HD television programming.

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