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Country Cablevision going all-fiber

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 2:51pm
Brian Santo

Country Cablevision has begun deploying Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) as part of its fiber-optic broadband network build.

Country Cablevision, which provides services in rural Mitchell and Yancey counties in N.C., is among the first cable companies to pursue a full fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) strategy. The company is using $25.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to provide high-speed Internet services to more than 33,000 people, 1,900 local businesses and 120 community institutions.

As part of the deployment, Country Cablevision plans to place more than 100 FieldSmart FSC 288 PON Cabinets throughout its service area. Through the incremental design, capacity can be scaled to the maximum configuration of the cabinet, allowing Country Cablevision to align the investment in capital equipment to the turn-up of revenue-generating circuits.

"With this project, we reviewed several architectures and had many options for housing our optical splitters and fiber terminations," said Randall Miller, president of Country Cablevision. "We selected Clearfield's FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center, as it provides a centralized point from which we can serve hundreds of customers. The Clearfield cabinet offers the best fiber protection, access and management in the industry, which will allow us to maintain a state-of-the-art network for many years to come."

The project is underway, and Country Cablevision expects to begin turning up fiber service in early 2013.

Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield, said, "While the traditional hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network has served the cable TV community well, the emergence of FTTH networks in the multiple service operator space demonstrates the immediate and long-term economic opportunity of a rich fiber network."

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