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May 8, 2024 - Special Session

Fiber Optic Meeting

March 8, 2024

5:00 pm

Present:          Council President: Cameron Emond, Vice President: Michael Johnson

Council Members: Darwin Miller, Betty Hoster, Rex Pearson

Clerk Treasurer: Judy Thomas, Utility Clerk: Breanna Plantenga, Deputy Clerk: Karie Holder

Wastewater Superintendent: Jeff Province

                        Water Superintendent: Robert Thomas

Other:             Jim Morris from SURF Internet

 

Subject: Discussion over installing Fiber Optic Internet in town.

Jim Morris, from SURF Internet, had a meeting with the Council to discuss the possibility of installing Fiber Optic Internet. Most of the wiring will be buried below ground. Some areas will be above ground, such as downtown. SURF Internet will work with Robert Thomas on getting locates done, for lines underground. Jim also stated that they would be able to serve some homes on the highway between Remington and Wolcott.

The fibers will run through “flower pots” that will be buried in the ground. Each pot will serve between 2-3 homes. SURF Internet will reach out to all of the residents regarding any information about the Fiber Optic internet. The company will put signage out with their information, to make it easy for residents to het ahold of them with any questions.

All of the crew will be in marked vehicles and marked uniforms while installing the fibers. The cost of the internet is estimated to be $55 - $95 per household, every month. Monthly price will depend on which speed of internet each resident chooses. Jim stated that SURF Internet does not have any contracts or installation fees. Any resident that chooses to tap into the Fiber Optic internet, will have a locked in monthly rate, for life.

The three-month build could start as soon as mid-June – September. Anything that SURF Internet breaks during installation, they will repair.  

This project comes at no price to the Town of Wolcott. Residents will have the option to choose whether or not they would like to tap in to the service. When construction is set to begin. SURF Internet will communicate with residents. The Town of Wolcott will also send out alerts with more information.

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