Spencer Municipal Utilities is set to begin an estimated $2 million project to expand providing fiber to the home communication services beginning in the summer of 2013.

Fiber to the home is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from SMU’s switching equipment all the way to the service address.

“Just like internet service has evolved from dial up to DSL and cable modem, fiber will give customers the next level of service to continue to improve the way they live, work and play here in Spencer,” says Amanda Gloyd, marketing & community relations manager.

This new method of delivering services will replace the existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable. SMU started constructing the communications utility in 1999 and began offering service to customers in the fall of 2000.

“This will provide higher bandwidth to customers which will enable customers to experience video, internet and voice services beyond our already reliable services,” adds Gloyd.

The project to convert the whole town of Spencer will take several years. SMU plans to begin with converting over 700 customers in the first phase during the summer of 2013 and spend approximately $2 million on the project this year. When this part of the project is complete, we’ll move on to planning for the next phase.

Customers affected by the updates to our system will be notified when the times comes that we need their assistance in getting their service address set up.

Spencer Municipal Utilities is a leading provider of cable, Internet, telephone and i wireless cellular service in the Spencer community and has been providing water since 1886 and electric services since 1901.

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