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October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10

Fiber network could be deal breaker
Recently, a local Delaware County, OH, official stated that the key to continuing economic growth for the county could lie in fiber optic wire, which can deliver information faster over the Internet than broadband services.

In many cases it is the “deal breaker” when a company is considering two sites, and one has fiber optic service available and the other doesn’t, said Gus Comstock, the county’s economic development director.

In May, Motorists Insurance Group disclosed plans to build a $14-million, 18,000-square-foot data center in New Albany, OH, rather than Delaware, he said. One of the main reasons was New Albany has a fiber optic system in place and Delaware doesn’t.

The article further states that county commissioners took action after their July 16 meeting by accepting bids to build the Delaware Super Highway, including business development in Liberty Township, by passing a resolution “declaring the intent ... to proceed with the bidding, installing and operating a fiber optic network.”

In attendance at the meeting was Delaware Mayor Windell Wheeler, who spoke in support of the resolution on behalf of the city.

“We are finding many companies want to come into the city and county, and for them fiber optics is just as important as water, sewer, gas, telephone and electricity,” he said. The city failed to attract a company with “65 well-paying jobs” because the city could not offer fiber optics.

Pennsylvania water main gets upgrade
Pennsylvania American Water recently completed construction to replace an aging water main in West Lawn to improve service reliability for residents and increase water flows for firefighting. The company installed nearly 600 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron pipe along Woodside Avenue between Noble Street and West Wyomissing Blvd. The estimated cost of the upgrades is approximately $250,000.

“This project will replace aging pipe and fire hydrants that date as far back as the 1930s,” said Brian Hassinger, Pennsylvania American Water manager of field operations, southeast region. “With this investment, we are rehabilitating the water infrastructure to ensure that our customers receive quality, reliable water service for years to come.”

Acoustic technology detects leaks in pipes
Using new technology to listen for clues in its pipes, New Jersey American Water is able to determine where significant problems could arise in its water system, sometimes before the break can occur in the water main.

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