WORLAND, WY – RT Communications will invest $1.8 million in 2019 to continue further build outs of our Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Newcastle. This network will replace the traditional copper-based infrastructure. Once the entire project is complete, over 1,500 homes and businesses in Newcastle will have access to internet speeds up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps), which is 100 times faster than the average speed available in Wyoming.
Phase 3 will be completed in April 2019 with fiber cut-overs in the West Main Street area of Newcastle and will give over 377 customers access to our fiber network.
Also beginning in April 2019, construction is scheduled to begin for the Phase 4 area, which is described as Wood Pon and Frontier Subdivision and will bring fiber to an additional 476 customers. At that time, RT Communications will be placing new “drops” or service lines to every home in the Phase 4 area. Customers will be cut over to the fiber network in the spring of 2020.
RT Communications customers in Newcastle do not need to sign up to be included in the FTTH network, and there is no cost to the customer for the upgrades.
Becky Dooley, Vice President/GM, says, “RT Communications is continuing to move forward with our Fiber-to-the-Home networks in Newcastle and Pine Bluffs for 2019. We are deeply committed to the communities we serve and realize that upgrading these rural areas of Wyoming with fiber optic networks provide an unmatched advantage to our customers.”
About RT Communications
RT Communications is an independent telecommunications company headquartered in Worland, WY. It employs 56 dedicated employees and provides telecommunications and internet services to more than 10,000 customers in 16 communities in Wyoming and in small portions of Montana and South Dakota. RT Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
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