Franklin residents should be noticing improved cellphone and Internet service after contractor ACD.net recently installed new fiber optics networks and micro-cell towers around the area.
Officials said the village has become a “Fiberhood,” a term used to describe the area of faster speeds.
“The improved coverage ensures there is substantial capacity increase on 4G wireless service and will also result in improved broadband capacity,” said ACD spokesman Joe Ross.
Ross said he was not able to reveal the names of the phone providers using the fiber optics system.
Fiber optics is the use of thin flexible fibers of glass or other transparent solids to transmit light signals, chiefly for telecommunications.
“I’m sure it will be an improvement for the patrons, business people and residents in the Village of Franklin,” said Jim Creech, village administrator.
Fiber optic service is 50 to 100 times faster than cable modem service and DSL, said Ross.
Many Franklin businesses and homes can now have fiber run from their buildings to the road where the new Franklin fiber is constructed, said Ross.
“People are making decisions on where to live and work based upon the technology infrastructure available to them,” said Kevin Schoen, ACD.net CEO.
“Our company’s mission is to bring direct fiber optic connections to all business and residential customers.”
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