Eastern Oregon Telecom Partners With District to Offer Fiber Connectivity to Student Homes

by / Friday, 07 March 2014 / Published in News

Local phone, internet, and telecommunications service provider, Eastern Oregon Telecom, has stepped up to provide fiber connectivity to all homes being built through the new Columbia Basin Student Homebuilding Program.  The first house will break ground this August with the expectation of completing one, high quality, residential home per year.

At speeds up to one gigabit per second, the virtually unlimited bandwidth opportunities will provide home buyers with internet service speeds nearly 1000 times faster than most DSL and cable internet connections.   “We are delighted to partner with the district on this amazing project,” noted Joseph Franell, General Manager and CEO for EOT.  “The opportunity to work with students to offer cutting-edge, smart-home technologies in their new houses will provide them exposure to careers in telecommunications and serve to be an outstanding sales feature for each of their homes.”

Experts say that fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections are the only technology with enough bandwidth to handle projected consumer demands during the next decade, but are still exceedingly rare even in well-funded metropolitan developments.  “The willingness of Mr. Franell and his organization to partner with our students on this project will add tremendous value to their learning as well as functionality to our soon-to-be home consumers,” stated Wade Smith, Deputy Superintendent.  “The fiber access to each of our eleven sites unlocks the door to countless opportunities and experiences for our students as they construct state-of-the-art homes.”

To learn more about the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilding Program, visit the website at www.columbiabasinstudenthomes.org