Coun­cil gets fiber up­date

Kent County News - - NEWS - By PETER HECK pheck@thekent­coun­tynews.com

CHESTERTOWN— Scott Boone, Kent County di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion technology, gave an up­date on the county’s fiber- op­tic in­stal­la­tion at the Chestertown Coun­cil meet­ing, Tues­day.

Boone said that phase 1 of the project is near­ing com­ple­tion. All town and county in­stal­la­tions in Chestertown, Bet­ter­ton, Galena and Milling­ton are now con­nected, he said.The project is be­ing paid for by Kent County, and will cost the town noth­ing.

The next phase for Chestertown will be in­stalling fiber lines for busi­ness and res­i­den­tial con­nec­tions in town neigh­bor­hoods.

Town Man­ager Bill Inger­soll said he and town Util­i­ties Man­ager Bob Sipes will go over the plans for the in­stal­la­tion and work out the best way to avoid cut­ting other util­ity lines.

Brett Hill of FTS Fiber, which is do­ing the in­stal­la­tion, said the lines in the down­town area will be laid in the back of build­ings to avoid dig­ging up town streets, min­i­miz­ing dis­rup­tion of busi­nesses.

SCOTT BOONE

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