Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative
1080 Main Street South, McKee, Kentucky 40447
(606) 287-7101 (606) 593-5000
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PRTC's Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Update:

May 2014
by Brian Lazenby

Peoples Rural Telephone has completed its fiber optic buildout to more than 95 percent of the homes and businesses throughout its service area, with the bulk of its members already connected. “More than 80 percent of our members are connected with fiber,” says PRTC Operations Manager Michael Stidham. “We encourage our members to contact us if they have not already begun to experience all the benefits fiber has to offer.”

PRTC has completed plans and specifications for construction of fiber facilities in all areas of Jackson and Owsley counties that do not already have fiber access. Construction to complete the fiber buildout to our entire service area will continue through the summer. By the end of 2014, all PRTC members should have access to fiber. Competitors in bordering counties continue to claim they have a “fiber network,” but Stidham says PRTC offers the only network in the region that uses fiber exclusively, which provides broadband to every customer’s doorstep at the speed of light. To date, PRTC has spent more than $50 million building out this fiber network. The funding has primarily been secured through a PRTC investment and loans from the USDA Rural Utilities Service. About $17.5 million came through a grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. “We are spreading the word outside our boundaries and throughout our region that Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative has the most advanced technology available,” Stidham says. “We are asking for the community’s help in an effort to boost our economy at home.”

PRTC will soon offer fiber optic service to every home and business in our service area. This new network gives PRTC the capability of offering a wide array of services, including an exciting interactive TV offering known as IPTV that is coming soon.






Installing New Technology, the Old Fashioned Way

by: Lelia Martin, PRTC PR/Marketing
June 22, 2010

When installing telephone cable in rural areas, Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) sometimes has to be resourceful. Such was the case recently as PRTC began the first phase of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) cable installation in Jackson County. As you know, part of Jackson County’s beauty is its landscape. With sometimes rugged terrain, steep hills, narrow valleys and forest land, maneuverability can be difficult when using everyday cable installation equipment.

Howard Price, outside operations manager at PRTC, is responsible for all of PRTC’s construction and outside plant, and has several times seen the need for doing things the old fashioned way in areas where trucks can’t easily maneuver. PRTC has utilized R.C. Hibbitts’ crew and mules through contractors for the construction of aerial cable many times. On several of these occasions Hibbitts’ has found an unconventional, however nostalgic, solution to aerial cable installation in our modern times. One such method is that of using a mule to pull fiber optic cable up and along the steep hillsides and narrow roads. Price says, "In cases where pulling cable using trucks and ATVs isn’t a feasible solution, it is either man or mule. Manpower is often needed for traffic control and that takes away from hands needed in the pulling of aerial cable in tough areas." Challenges such as this call for a little reinforcement. Requiring only one man for operation, Hibbitts’ mules provide a unique pulling unit in aerial cable construction, not to mention an interesting site for passersby along local highways.

There is always concern for the safety of construction crews in outside temperatures such as we have been experiencing lately and with Hibbitts’ mules on the job, other crew members do not complain and are quite happy to stand back to the mule’s strength. Hibbitts said that his mule, Old Bub, can pull as much as 8 or 10 men, obeys voice commands and stands quietly while not on the job.

PRTC’s FTTH project is underway to meet the growing demand for high speed broadband service, video capabilities and the latest voice services. PRTC plans to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) throughout its coverage area. This significant investment in technology lays the foundation for an upgrade that will enable PRTC to rapidly activate HDTV video, data, and voice services over their new FTTH network.


 

June 8, 2010

PRTC'S FIBER-TO-THE-HOME CONSTRUCTION IN PREPARATION TO CONNECT HOMES IN Jackson county TO NEXT-GENERATION BROADBAND

  A growing demand for high speed broadband service, video capabilities and the latest voice services drives Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative to enable its customers to have access to the latest in technology. PRTC plans to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) throughout its coverage area. This significant investment in technology lays the foundation for an upgrade that will enable PRTC to rapidly activate video, data, and voice services over their new FTTH network.

  The Jackson County deployment of FTTH has begun. PRTC has already invested over 4 million dollars in the beginning phase of this Jackson County FTTH project that will reach into the Gray Hawk, McKee, and Waneta communities. PRTC plans to begin offering FTTH to customers in those areas in late 2011. Immediately customers can expect to see contractors from Triple D Construction working closely with PRTC engineers. There will be installation of new aerial and buried fiber optic cable. Questions or concerns regarding this can be directed to the PRTC office at 287-7101.

  Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable. Fiber-to-the-home is a relatively new and fast-growing method of providing higher bandwidth to customers. Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cable provides enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to customers. Broadband modems rely on copper wire to deliver signals to your home – and copper can deliver high bandwidth only over short distances. Optical fiber does not have this limitation and thus is able to carry high bandwidth signals over great distances to homes and businesses. Only fiber-to-the-home can deliver the immense bandwidth that the online and video applications of the future will require.

  With online options of feature length movies for download, online gaming, watching your favorite television programs and news online, as well as the option to upload your own movies to email and the internet for viewing by others, there is a higher demand for more bandwidth than ever before. PRTC's FTTH will also bring expansion to the Peoples Telecom Digital Cable lineup, including HDTV and other features such as Video On Demand. PRTC wants to empower our customers with the fastest and most reliable network, Fiber-to-the-home will do this.