Contractors have installed 84 miles of underground fiber optic cable since work on Kit Carson Electric Cooperative’s fiber-to-home project began in mid-June, the co-op says.
Co-op CEO Luís Reyes told The Taos News the pace of underground construction is on track, and installation of overhead fiber optic line is expected to begin Friday (Sept. 14).
Kit Carson was awarded a $64 million grant/loan from the federal government to bring broadband access to everyone in the co-op’s service area. In all, the co-op has 700 miles of underground cable to lay, and another 1,900 miles of overhead instillation.
“Right now, we’re a month ahead of schedule for the entire completion,” Reyes said, noting that winter weather could affect progress in the coming months. Reyes said he hopes to have the network in place by early 2014.
Reyes said progress has been slowed somewhat by the need to restore roads that have been dug up to install cable.
Work has so far been done in the Arroyo Hondo and Angel Fire areas. Reyes said crews would soon be moving to Los Córdovas, the country club area, Questa, Lama and Amalia and the co-op hoped to have broadband Internet access “lit up” in areas where installation was complete by the end of the year. The goal is to bring customers into the system as work progresses in order to begin paying back the $19 million federal loan associated with the project.
Connection and access rates have not yet been announced for Internet providers, including Kit Carson Telecom, TaosNet, Viscom and possibly CenturyLink.