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Where is Fiber to the Home in Wake Forest? Visualized.

To all those who may wonder just exactly where you can get fiber to the home in Wake Forest, here it is. It’s not complete, but it’s not too far away from being done, either. I expect Triangle Fiber will be doing a more detailed map of the Triangle as we progress further and further in our initiative.

 

*Note: colored spots represent coverage areas that have active, or will soon have active service*
Red = RST Fiber to the Home
Green = Centurylink Fiber to the Home
Blue = AT&T (If you scroll down you’ll see areas in Raleigh starting to appear)

Centurylink “It does us no good to go out and build networks that customers don’t need or aren’t requesting.”

As reported in the New York Times on Nov 9th while doing a story on state laws that prohibit municipalities from funding their own broadband networks (much akin to other utilities such as water, or electricity) (Article here), Centurylink regional Vice President, Bill Hanchey who oversees government affairs goes on to say: "We build our network to meet customer expectations", "customers are not clamoring for the speed provided by fiber.", "It does us no good to go out and build networks that customers don’t need or aren’t requesting." Well Mr. Hanchey, we respectfully disagree, and Triangle Fiber represents over 2,000+ homes in Wake Forest, that HAVE demanded speeds that only fiber can deliver, it has in fact been reported in several local press outlets of such demand that was generated Read more [...]

Status of residential fiber internet in Wake Forest – November 2014

***Triangle Fiber exclusive report*** After reports earlier this week in Triangle Business Journal, and News & Observer that RST are on hold in Wake Forest... We have decided to release the current status of fiber internet in Wake Forest so all can be better informed of the current deployments, and where we go from here. Centurylink: Started in Wake Forest early 2013 Speeds: According to centurylink.com, addresses in Traditions can only subscribe online anywhere between 1.5mbps and 25mbps, though if you talk to Adam from Centurylink store in Wake Forest, I believe speeds up to 80-100mbps can be subscribed to. Long term: Local press have been advised by Centurylink that they will not be upgrading the entire town with gigabit fiber, and have also declined comment on where Read more [...]

Over the river and through the… Forest.

All, 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 [...]

What is Triangle Fiber? Who is Dan Holt? And where is my fiber?

Hello Wake Forest (And Rolesvillle, Youngsville, Bunn, Zebulon, Knightdale, Holly Springs!) Recently there's been a lot of exposure to this initiative, so I thought I'd take an opportunity to explain what exactly Triangle Fiber (formally Wake Forest Fiber) is, and the man behind the curtain. Triangle 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 [...]

Centurylink offers gigabit fiber in Wake Forest (new subdivisions only.)

As reported today in the Wake Forest Gazette (story here), Centurylink have slipped some extremely vague information to our local press when asked about their gigabit fiber deployments. Centurylink would like the people of Wake Forest to know that they are only deploying their finest fiber service to new neigborhoods (but wish not to reveal which ones), and will not be upgrading the more historic parts of town, aka anyone who has legacy copper/DSL services, this sort of PR is also nicknamed "Fiber to the Press Release". This is an empty promise or a ruse to entice the town that they are a major player in the gigabit fiber arena. Let's be clear, they will NOT be installing this service all over Wake Forest, and have confirmed so in their press release. As some people know, the whole reason Read more [...]

Town of Wake Forest approves RST “fiber hut” easement

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. At Read more [...]

RST Fiber starts jetting (blowing) fiber in Wake Forest

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.

 

Dan Holt | Owner – Wake Forest Fiber

 

Mastec upgrades cell tower at Walmart with Verizon XLTE antennas

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 press@wakeforestfiber.com

 

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