North Idaho Cities To Get Fiber-Optic Gigabit Internet Services

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

first appeared in The Coeur d'Alene Press on October 8, 2019. By Sharon Fisher.

Quanta Services is installing fiber-optic cabling in North Idaho to provide gigabit internet services. Photo courtesy of TDS

A Wisconsin-based company is building a network that will bring 700 miles of fiber-optic cabling – and high-speed internet – to North Idaho.

The project, parts of which are due to be complete by November, is intended to bring fiber to homes in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and Rathdrum. The company, TDS, based in Madison, announced the project in May and started working on the network in June.

“When the fiber network is complete, TDS will deliver up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds, which will provide exceptional bandwidth for businesses and for residents looking for the absolute best gaming, streaming and telecommuting experiences,” said Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS, in a statement.

How the network is installed

TDS said it is investing more than $100 million in the project. It is working with a contractor, Quanta Services, to lay cabling using existing utility easements and public rights-of-way as much as possible, TDS said in a statement. Cabling itself is placed in a conduit.

When digging is necessary, Quanta will use drilling or plowing techniques intended to limit disruptions, TDS said. Once the conduit and fiber are installed, the trenches will be filled and grass will be replaced or reseeded, the company said.

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