It’s been a while since we shared news on Hudson, Ohio, where the publicly owned fiber network, Velocity, is serving business customers with high-quality connectivity. The network is steadily gaining local business customers as it continues to expand.
Early Problems Overcome
The Hudson Hub Times recently reported that officials from the utility reported to the City Council in late March. There were some issues early on during deployment with obtaining materials in a timely manner and in setting up service with customers due to obtaining enough IP addresses. Officials have worked out problems and plans are back on track.
According to Will Ersing, chief broadband officer, 35 miles have been deployed underground; the utility is taking an incremental approach and still has an additional 30 miles to deploy. The largest commercial customers are already connected and the network is prepared to quickly connect new large scale customers, should they decide to switch to Velocity.
"We're getting all our businesses connected or available," Ersing said. "The city has 104 businesses on line with another six installs on schedule, and we're talking to 50 businesses interested in the service but not committed."
Going For Multi Tenant Commercial Buildings
The utility also will be marketing to building owners whose properties house multiple businesses:
"They can promote their building that it has an advantage with this technology," [Hudson’s chief economic development officer Jim] Stifler said. "We're paying more attention to the (Internet provider) competition. It's time to make Velocity the obvious choice."
While Velocity is offering customers symmetrical gigabit (1,000 Megabist per second) connectivity, other providers offering service to businesses in the area top out at 60 Mbps download and upload.
"Because we are service providers, we can control the network and provide a level of service and tailor it to our businesses," Elsing said.
More businesses in town, who didn't want Velocity initially, are changing their minds because of what the city can provide, [City Manager Jane] Howington said.
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