Opelika closer to fiber optic internet, television - WRBL

Opelika closer to fiber optic internet, television

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Tuesday morning, the Opelika City Council approved a contract with a company from Tennessee to help install fiber optic receivers in homes.

It brings the city one step closer to providing fiber optic internet and video to residents.

With unanimous approval, the Opelika City Council agreed to bring in On Trac, a company to help install fiber optic boxes to customer's homes. Mayor Gary Fuller says it is the right step.

"Because we hear from folks everyday that wants to know when will our service be available," said Mayor Fuller. "So, it won't be as long as it has been and of course this was an important step hiring this contractor today."

The fiber optics have been in the works for five years. The city already has more than 425 miles of fiber optic wires in place. The wires all connect at the new Opelika Power building.

Technicians would install at your house. There is a fiber cord running in. That fiber is already in the poles around Opelika. Then you have your different options for phone, TV, and internet.

We turned the TV to WRBL to see how it looks. There are around 30 test customers that are trying the fiber optics now. Most of them are raving over the fast internet.

"It's a whole lot faster," said Craig Uptagrafft, the manager of fiber services for Opelika Power. "You can surf faster. You can download files much faster. You can download files much faster."

The city says they will offer internet speeds up to 100 megabites at first. It will increase to a gigabite over time. But, all of this is not available just yet.

"As we begin to accept orders for customers to install our telecommunications services at their homes or business, then On Trac is the company that will go and do what they call a drop," said Mayor Fuller.

A drop is when the box is put on your house. The Mayor says he hopes to be serving customers by late summer or early fall.

Mayor Fuller says having the fiber optic network is a big attraction for businesses to come to Opelika. He says it is one of the top ten things prospective companies look for.

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