Sallisaw is one of many small municipal FTTH networks that most people are not familiar with. For a decade, they have been quietly meeting their community’s needs with DiamondNet. For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we learn more about it in a conversation with Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton and Network Communications Supervisor Danny Keith.
Sallisaw built their network after incumbents failed to provide broadband in the early 2000’s, becoming the first triple play municipal fiber network in the state. Nearly 2 out of 3 people take service from DiamondNet, which is operated by municipal electric utility.
They pride themselves on doing much more for the community than the incumbent providers do – particularly responsive customer service and creating lots of local content. They are also building a wireless network to serve people outside of town who currently have limited Internet access.
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Thanks to Waylon Thornton for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Bronco Romp.”