Consultant hired for county-wide fiber study


CCG Consulting has been hired to conduct a feasibility study for a possible Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network for Sibley County and the City of Fairfax in Renville County.

The Blandin Foundation recently awarded the project a $40,000 matching grant to pay for a feasibility study. Sibley County Commissioners provided the match for the county and asked the scope of the feasibility study be expanded to include the option of bringing a fiber optic line to every farm site in the county. The City of Fairfax is also participating in the study.

CCG will develop a comprehensive business plan for the project. They will begin their work by conducting a phone marketing survey expected to begin the last week of July. They are scheduled to complete the study and present their findings late this fall.

As part of the feasibility study public meetings will be held in each community beginning in August to educate people about FTTH technology as well as make people aware of the benefits and risks of FTTH.

FTTH technology is capable of providing very high speed symmetrical Internet, high definition cable and phone service. A host of additional applications are emerging for fiber networks, including telemedicine, home and business security and educational opportunities.

CCG is recognized as an industry leader in telecommunication consulting services and has been involved in several hundred network feasibility studies. The firm recently completed studies for the Minnesota cities of Monticello, Northfield, Lakeville, and North St. Paul. They also did studies for Cook and Anoka counties. They are located in Beltsville, MD with offices in Baton Rouge, LA.

Communities participating in the feasibility study include Arlington, Gaylord, Gibbon, Green Isle, Henderson, New Auburn, Winthrop and Fairfax.