At the May 24th meeting of the Village Council, Logan County Chamber of Commerce President Ben Vollrath came to speak about the possibility of introducing the village to fiber internet through Peak Fiber. He explained that the ultimate goal is to connect the entire county to a fiber connection to help provide fast and reliable internet.
The limitations of the current service provider was starting to show with the stress put on by the closures that happened during the pandemic. While some houses had reliable service, others suffered from bottlenecking of traffic from all of the devices in a home and others had periods where the internet was unusable at all.
While the start up to the project would be costly, the benefits will outweigh the initial impact. Currently, most providers offer a copper connection and limit speeds to download of 100mb per second and upload of 10mb per second. A fiber connection would offer download and upload speeds of 1000mb per second. Along with the increased speed, there would be minimal to zero latency when browsing the internet, using streaming services, and playing games. The speed of the network could rival what is offered in major cities like Columbus and Chicago. A fiber connection would also increase the value of a property by roughly $3,000 to $5,000.
There would be three options for residents/customers (projected cost per month for each resident) to sign up for: $59.99/$79.99/$99.99. More information will be forthcoming once a decision is made. Phone service would be an option that could be added. Residents would need to opt in. Residents may keep current internet providers; this would just be an option.
Council and the Mayor would like input from the community and see if there is further interest in individual residents having fiber lines installed to their homes. The funds for the project would come from the American Rescue Act and would be done in cooperation with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and other local entities. If residents have questions or comments, they can contact the Clerk’s Office at 937-465-2716.