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Eudora may soon have an answer for those that want high speed fiber internet services: RG Fiber. At the Eudora City Commission meeting Monday night, the commission signed a deal with RG Fiber that could bring business and residential gigabit fiber to Eudora. While their name may not be Google, the service they would provide would be comparable to Google Fiber which has set up service in multiple areas of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.
The licensing agreement signed between the city and RG Fiber will allow the company to use current right of way areas to bury fiber optic cable through the city that would provide internet and related services to Eduora. The agreement also specifically states that RG is not granted the rights to provide standard cable television or home phone services to the city.
RG Fiber, which is based in Baldwin City, currently has a deal in place with Baldwin City and Baker University to provide high speed internet service to that community along with phone and cable TV. This deal would allow, RG Fiber to bring their service from locations north of Eudora and help set up the backbone that can provide that service to Baldwin City.
This deal has been in the works for some time. It all began several months ago when Mike Bosch, co-founder of RG Fiber, was approached by Eudora School Superintendent Steve Splichal about services for the School District. To make those services happen, the deal with the city needed to be put into place first. Besides providing gigabit internet service to the Eudora School District, there are also some other services RG Fiber wold be doing for the District.
Now the question is what services will the School District be getting? That is unknown right now. We talked to several School District officials last week and all of them had no comment about what other services there might be. Bosch did confirm to Eudorareporter.com that there is some other things planned in regards to the School District, but declined to say exactly what they are stating that would be for the School District to announce when they are ready.
Other parts of the contract the City signed with RG Fiber state that the company has 15 months from the execution of the agreement to have the first hookups. If they don’t meet that deadline, they would start paying a penalty. Bosch told the Commission that he feels confident that hookups will start in 12 months.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Bosch said. “There is some impressive community leadership here and they all came together to make this happen very quickly.”
Bosch said the plan is to start a marketing campaign in the next few weeks to ascertain how much interest there is in the community for signing up subscribers to the gigabit internet service. He told us that to make the installation into the neighborhoods cost effective, a good percentage of each neighborhood would need to agree to sign up for the service, before they start laying fiber. If there are enough subscribers in each neighborhood, then fiber would proceed in those neighborhoods. Bosch told us several weeks ago that the percentage would need to be in the area of 40% or better. He also stated that number could fluctuate depending on costs and available capital.
Bosch did not state what the exact cost would be for fiber internet service in Eudora. He said that would be determined in the next few weeks. The initial pricing structure for Baldwin City is $75 per month for the service. He did state that his research showed that fiber speeds would be about 100 times faster than what customers of WOW cable service currently receive.
Outgoing Eudora Mayor John Fiore was pleased to have this deal executed shortly before his term on the Commission ended.
“I am extremely excited about this service coming to Eudora and being a part of the team that made it happen,” Fiore said. “The economic impact from this service could be huge to the community.”
Newly selected Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin was happy with the decision as well.
“This is a great opportunity for both businesses and residents,” Reazin said. Echoing the comments that Fiore had stated, he went on to say that he looked forward to having the higher speeds available and bring alternative internet service to the community.