A Starkville Electric Department employee runs cable as the first phase of a $5.5 million project began Tuesday. The fiber optic network is part of a five-year project that will replace the existing overhead ground wire with the new cable and install more than 23,000 meters that will relay more data faster. Photo by: Micah Green/Dispatch Staff
The Starkville Electric Department will be working all along Highway 182 today installing the first pieces of a city-wide fiber optic network -- the first step toward providing customers with up-to-the-minute usage data.
The installation marks the beginning of the first of two phases that will ultimately result in a fiber optic cable loop winding from the SED operations center to the Sportsplex to Mississippi State University and back to the operations center.
The fiber optic network is part of a five-year, $5.5 million dollar project that will replace the existing overhead ground wire with the new cable and install more than 23,000 meters that will relay more data faster.
Starkville Electric General Manager Terry Kemp said the first phase, which will be pulling the cable from the operations center on Highway 182 to the Sportsplex, will be done by substation section and should take about six weeks. The work will not have an effect on electricity for the areas being serviced.
Kemp said the objective of the project is to be in a position to better control rates for customers, and to help the SED serve those customers more efficiently. Kemp also said the fiber optic network opens up several possibilities for the city beyond utility management.
"Our goal is to do this in such a way, that we don't have to raise rates to do this. This is a process to help us a control the upward pressure on rates to minimize it as we go forward," he said. "Once we install, it really puts us in position to add on. We look at this as part of an ongoing process from a city standpoint to build a platform to really take advantage of new technology.
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