It is with great pleasure that I write this. Progress is being made in the deployment of fiber to the home in Wake Forest. Before I remove the smile from my face, this investment isn't being done by a $1B+ telephone company, but rather by a small start up by the name of RST Fiber from rural North Carolina. That's right, a company with less employees than there are days in a month are deploying a next-gen internet experience across the state, and rising to the gigabit city challenge set forth by former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in 2013. To date, RST Fiber have more than 3,100 miles of fiber in it's network arsenal, and a relationship with Cisco for the best equipment and service on the market.
On September 9th, Piedmont Utility Group (Contractor for RST Fiber) arrived in the Read more [...]
Hello Wake Forest (And Rolesvillle, Youngsville, Bunn, Zebulon, Knightdale, Holly Springs!)
Recently there's been a lot of exposure to Wake Forest Fiber, so I thought I'd take an opportunity to explain what exactly Wake Forest Fiber is, and the man behind the curtain.
Wake Forest Fiber literally started in my yard located on Wait Ave in Downtown Wake Forest, (early 2013) when the local DSL provider redlined passed our house with fiber to deploy it to a new development at the end of our street. At that time we were a dis-satisfied DSL/IPTV household located only a few blocks over from the Telco's central office, who had constant truck rolls to fix our glitchy service. I explained the situation a little bit to Broadband Communities Magazine back in April. (see http://www.bbpmag.com/2014mags/Mar_Apr/BBC_Mar14_DanHolt.pdf Read more [...]
On the evening of Tuesday, August 19th, the Board of Commissioners from the Town of Wake Forest approved a utility easement for the placement of a "fiber hut" for RST Fiber. This hut will occupy the corner of Taylor and Jones St, adjacent from the Wake Forest Police Department in Downtown Wake Forest.
Some of you may be asking, "What is a fiber hut?", A: A fiber hut is in simple terms, a small, enclosed, air conditioned building... Usually 10x30 in size, and is where fiber optic cables from all homes served in the area terminate into fiber optic routing equipment.
This is the 3rd milestone for RST as the conduit from Wake Forest to Raleigh is 99% complete, fiber optic cabling has begun to be jetted through the conduit, and the fiber hut location has been located and approved.
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On Tuesday, August 5th, Piedmont Utility Group sent by RST Fiber made a special trip from Shelby, NC to start putting fiber in the conduit’s they’ve been laying since April 15th. The crew completed a segment of Wait Ave in Downtown Wake Forest and were done by night fall. This is a milestone that signals the next round of deployment activity by Wake Forest’s first gigabit fiber to the home provider. There’s still quite a bit of work to do, and we will cover more and more as deployment ramps up over the coming months. I just thought I’d share some of this progress with the community. Pictures below.
On Monday, August 4th, a contract crew from Mastec started upgrades on the Verizon antennas at the cell tower next to Walmart on Main St. These new upgrades will operate on both 1.7/2.2 GHz AWS spectrum as well as 700 MHz spectrum.
The cool thing to note however, is that these new upgrades will allow speeds in excess of 80mbps over wireless. If anyone has one of the 28 “XLTE” devices that Verizon Wireless carries, and has a speed test over 50mbps around Main St, please send them to us at email@example.com
All, there has been a lot of speculation regarding what’s going on with RST and the fiber deployment in wake forest, no need to drudge it up further. To dispell once and for all… There is no news because RST are waiting on permits, you can’t work without one. I am being told it won’t be too much longer, hang in there!
Thank you to all for showing up at tonight's FTTH meeting at the Renaissance Centre, we got to hear valuable feedback from all. So to answer a few questions about Wake Forest Fiber and it's future, let's start at the past.
Wake Forest Fiber began as an initiative to bring ultra high speed internet to our area, it started in my front yard. Why? Because the local incumbent provider ran fiber in front of our home, for the purposes of installing it a block over in Traditions of Wake Forest. Despite the fiber being in front of our home, and despite offering multiple attempts to pay for the install, this provider said no, every time. The service would have been for 40mbps, and that was in February of 2013, fast forward a year and we have RST in our town offering service of up to 1Gbps (1,000mbps) Read more [...]
Due to the community’s overwhelming interest in the ‘Fiber to the Forest’ initiative, the town’s Broadband Task Force will host a series of public meetings in May to inform area residents about the effort to bring high speed broadband Internet service to Wake Forest.
The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. Subsequent meetings will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, and Thursday, May 29, at the Renaissance Centre.
These information sessions are designed to educate residents about the current installation of an ultra high speed fiber network throughout Wake Forest. Discussions at the meeting will cover a range of topics, including the benefits and potential cost of fiber Internet service, a tentative Read more [...]
On Tuesday, April 15th RST Fiber made Wake Forest history by initiating their gigabit fiber to the home deployment on Wait Ave. A symbolic gesture was made as they chose to begin their network on the same property that birthed the Wake Forest Fiber Initiative.
(For more details on the how and why Wake Forest Fiber was started, see Broadband Communities Magazine's April edition, page 26 at http://bbcmag.epubxp.com/title/13001 ).
The guest list on this date included Town of Wake Forest government officials, including Mayor Vivian Jones. WRAL, WNCN, Wake Forest Weekly, Wake Forest News, Wake Forest Gazette, and other members of the media were also on hand to document the first dig. After interviews were conducted, and ceremonial photos of the first dig were taken, work began in Read more [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Crabtree
BROADBAND TASK FORCE TO HOST SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
In February the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners appointed the Broadband Task Force to advise the town on how to bring a high-speed fiber broadband network to Wake Forest homes and businesses. Comprised of communications and computer business industry leaders and chaired by MCNC CEO Joe Freddoso, the task force contacted Shelby-based RST Fiber to gauge the company’s interest in launching a fiber network in Wake Forest. Negotiations between the town and RST began shortly afterward and resulted in RST’s decision to proceed.
During the week of April 14, RST Fiber crews began installing the fiber Read more [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Crabtree
FIBER TO THE HOME TASK FORCE TO
HOST MEETING OF WAKE FOREST HOA REPRESENTATIVES
WAKE FOREST, NC – April 22, 2014 – The task force attempting to deliver high speed broadband Internet service to Wake Forest is inviting Wake Forest neighborhood and homeowners association (HOA) representatives to a special information session on Monday, May 12. The meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
The information session is designed to educate HOA members about the current installation of an ultra high speed fiber network throughout Wake Forest. Discussions at the meeting will cover a range of topics, including the benefits and potential Read more [...]
Thanks to the folks at RST Fiber, we’ve obtained some long sleeve RST Fiber shirts to give away. To win one of these shirts, fill out the question below, and the best answer will win a free shirt. Survey ends 5/30/14.
I’ll admit, I grabbed this video from YouTube, it was put together by the National Broadband Network initiative in Australia to demonstrate what is possible with the use of fiber optics to the home. From this video you will see examples of Tele-medicine, Online collaboration, smart home management, video conferencing, all using just a small portion of available bandwidth to your home.