ST. GEORGE – Something is happening beneath the ground in St. George – something that will soon make navigating cyberspace a whole lot faster for local residents.
“It’s a big deal for St. George because it’s the first time it’s ever been done (here),” Matt Hamlin, manager of Tonaquint Networks, said.
Tonaquint Networks crews are hard at work constructing an underground fiber optic network that will soon connect St. George residents to Internet speeds previously unavailable to them – speeds reaching 1,000 megabits per second, or 1 gigabit.
“The typical speed is between 1 megabit (and) maybe 20 megabits. … Now we’re serving up to 1,000 megabits,” Tonaquint Networks Chief Technology Officer Philip Daly said.
Neighborhoods selected for connection to this technology are referred to as “fiberhoods.” The Shadow Mountain community in St. George, located off of Valley View Drive on the back side of the Black Hill, will be the first gigabit “fiberhood” in St. George to be retrofitted and connected to this super-speed Internet network, with more areas soon to follow. The end goal is to eventually offer these fiber optic speeds to all residential and business properties in St. George.
Tonaquint Networks is also working with several major homebuilders to make gigabit technology available in new residential developments, according to a press release from the company.
In commemoration of this impending lightning-fast Internet strike, Tonaquint Networks will host a celebration and ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Shadow Mountain Park, 305 N. Stone Mountain Drive in St. George. Scheduled speakers will include Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and St. George’s own Mayor Jon Pike. The public is invited, and there will be free hot dogs for attendees and also T-shirt giveaways, Hamlin said.
“Gigabit technology provides Internet speeds not previously available to residential customers in St. George,” Hamlin said, as quoted in the press release. “You will be amazed at the speed of downloads and the digital quality for watching movies, live sporting events, video games and soon to be live television programing.”
- What: Ribbon-cutting and celebration for Tonaquint Networks’ first “fiberhood”
- When: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Shadow Mountain Park, 305 N. Stone Mountain Drive in St. George
- Admission: Free | Public invited
- Details: Tonaquint Networks website
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