OMUfibernet Logo largeOWENSBORO, Ky. (5/9/14) — A decision to re-brand and re-launch a telecommunications division within Owensboro Municipal Utilities last fall has already produced more than 100 customers within the local business community and could mean a new choice for residential areas within the next few years.

OMU Communications and Public Relations Specialist Sonya Dixon said the public agency developed the infrastructure for telecommunications more than 15 years ago, but stopped utilizing it when OMU sold off its web-provider service.

She said many people thought the infrastructure was sold along with the transfer of web services, but that’s not the case.

“We are leveraging the assets we already had in place,” Dixon said.

Chris Poynter was hired as OMU’s Telecommunications Superintendent when the new initiative began back in October. Since then, his job has been to help “repackage” the product to make it competitive with other service providers’ prices. He said approximately 130 businesses, ranging from small companies to large industrial and commercial centers have signed up for the service all throughout the community, not just one section of the city.

“It’s a misnomer that we’re only downtown,” he said, noting that businesses along Ky. Hwy. 54 are among customers of OMU’s telecommunications division.

Almost 120 miles of fiber optic cable run throughout OMU’s coverage area, and plans to increase that amount are being considered as OMU ramps up for its first residential test case.

Poynter said the test case had been submitted to the Public Service Commission for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins this summer.

Poynter said OMU’s internet speeds can go as high as 100 MB, and that the department is looking at options to increase that speed into the gigabyte range.

To learn more about OMU’s FiberNet initiative, visit http://omu.org/products_&;_services/internet/commercial/fiber_optic/ or call (270) 926-3200.

Dennis Beard
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