Time Warner Cable is going strong with its Business Class Fiber Optic Expansion Initiative, having completed installation in three of out of four Strongsville business parks so far.
The cable MSO will be installing high-speed, fiber-optic communications systems, which will enable the delivery of advanced phone, cable, and internet service to the city’s four business parks. While the 2nd largest cable provider has not released the actual cost for the project, the city’s economic development director, Brent Painter, has revealed that it would have cost Strongville over $1 million to do the work.
Already, the business parks have become more attractive for companies looking to establish an ideal base for their operations. Painter added, that 2 companies have decided to move to the parks because of Time Warner’s brand new fiber optic network: “(The fiber-optic project) played a major role in bringing in Foundation Software and IMARC.”
Travis Reynolds, Time Warner Cable’s Cleveland-based media relations manager, stated that the Fiber Optic Expansion Initiative is part of the cable giant’s plan to extend its network coverage to serve businesses all over the country: “Historically, the business community has been under-served for business-grade, innovative telecommunications services.”
Painter agreed, adding: “There were parts of our business parks where you could get a faster connection in a residential neighborhood than at a business. So it was frustrating to our business, and to us in the city, as well.”
The installed fiber-optic cables have the capability of delivering up to 10 GB per second (1GB=1000 Mbps), which is much faster (to put it mildly) than what most consumers are used to. Typical broadband service is usually offered between 10 to 35 Mbps, and Google Fiber in Kansas City is currently offering up to 1GBps for residential customers.
In a prepared statement, Reynolds said: “Through the hard work, dedication and commitment of our local and Regional teams, this expansion initiative results in more choices, innovation and efficiency in business operations for businesses of all sizes.”
It’s good to see that Time Warner Cable is doing what it can to spur innovation by expanding their network and installing advanced fiber optic cable. It’s possible that other cities and towns might be able to jumpstart their local economies with the same investment in technological infrastructure. Fortunately, it looks like Time Warner cable is just getting started—which is great news for other towns and cities across America.