Marketing and Sales Supervisor
WORLAND, WY – April 11, 2018 – RT Communications will invest over $1.5 million this year in a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Newcastle. The network will upgrade the existing copper-based infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber in order to improve phone and broadband services. Once the project is complete, homes and businesses from West Main Street to Morrissey Road in Newcastle will have access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, equal to 1000 megabits per second, which is 100 times faster than the average speed available in Wyoming.
“RT Communications plans to place fiber in all of our exchanges.” says Becky Dooley, vice president and general manager of RT Communications, “We have completed fiber in Worland and Thermopolis, and we are now moving forward with Newcastle and Pine Bluffs. We are deeply committed to the communities we serve and realize the benefits of fiber are important to them.”
In 2017, engineers from RT Communications began work in preparation for the FTTH project, which involved staking property locations for the future fiber optic cable facilities.
Construction is scheduled to begin on April 16, 2018. At that time, RT Communications will be placing new drops, or service lines, to every home in the Phase 3 area which is identified as the Western portion of Newcastle. Construction will be completed by the end of 2018 and services will be available in mid-2019. RT Communications will review upcoming budgets and identify additional phases for upgrades by the end of this year.
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.
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. For more information, visit www.rangecompanies.com.