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Gainesville Plans Gigabit Ring for City and Businesses in Texas Town

| Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/gainesville-plans-gigabit-ring-for-city-and-businesses-in-texas-town/

The Gainesville City Council recently approved a plan to deploy a fiber ring throughout the Texas town of 16,000. The network will connect municipal facilities and offer gigabit connectivity to local businesses. Gainesville is located seven miles from the Oklahoma border in Cooke County.

According to City Manager Barry Sullivan, the planned route will provide access to 95% of local businesses. Sullivan told KXII:

“That is key to economic development now. People used to look at streets, water and sewer. Now the first thing a lot of companies look at is the communication infrastructure because that is more limited than streets, water and sewer in most communities,” said Sullivan.

The project will cost $525,000; the City will pay $425,000 and the Economic Development Board will contribute the remaining $100,000.

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