FIBER OPTIC UPDATE
At the time the Town Board contracted with ChoiceTel of Eagle River to install fiber optic cable to every property within the Town, there were no other players on the field. Since then, Charter/Spectrum has obtained federal grant funding to install fiber optic cable in portions of many northern WI towns, including St. Germain. And, in addition to the federal funding, Charter/Spectrum is contributing its own money to see that all properties within towns, not just those funded by the grants, have fiber optic access. In other words, when both companies are finished in St. Germain, every property will have the option of subscribing to either ChoiceTel or Charter/Spectrum. However, each company has its own installation schedule.
ChoiceTel, now in its 2nd construction season in St. Germain, started burying cable at the intersection of Highways 70 and 155 and travelled south along the east side of highway 70. As of early August 2022, the cable has reached South Bay road. It is hoped that by conclusion of the 2022 construction season, ChoiceTel will have made its high speed internet service available to the entire SE corner of St. Germain in addition to the east side of Highway 70 in the downtown area. If that goal is achieved, the spring of 2023 will find ChoiceTel working in other areas of the Town.
In the meantime, Charter/Spectrum began burying cable this spring and by the end of the 2022 construction season intends to have completed installations along Juve Road, Birchwood Drive, Four Corner Lane, Lost Lake Drive North, and Found Lake Road. Property owners who have not yet been contacted by Charter/Spectrum likely will be during this September.
The Town Board encourages everyone to determine the similarities and differences in service options and costs between the two companies and make their choice of which to subscribe to.