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Bastrop business park to be enhanced with fiber network connectivity

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. is bringing fiber network connectivity to its Business and Industrial Park to enhance the development’s technological capabilities and make the property more marketable to technology, biotech and life science companies.

“Bastrop’s biotech and life science cluster already generates over 750 jobs within the park and the community, primarily in research and development,” Bastrop Economic Development Corp. Director Shawn Kirkpatrick said. “This cost-effective, state-of-the-art service opens the door for a large-scale technology company to locate in Bastrop, access our technology workforce and take advantage of fiber connectivity that scales with their needs.”

The corporation is partnering with Georgia-based FiberLight LLC to bring 1- and 10-gigabit fiber connectivity to the business park mid-year. They have development plans to access a dark fiber (unused fiber optic cable) node near the business park to extend service to existing and future tenants.

Initially, the optical fiber-based services will serve developed site, with the network’s build-out to continue as the business park is expanded.

“We have known for several years that dark fiber was available in the Highway 71 corridor stretching from Austin to Houston as part of a larger network,” Kirkpatrick said. “Optical fiber-based service is essential to providing ever-faster bandwidth that accommodates the accelerating data and communications needs of today’s increasingly technology-driven companies.”

The infrastructure upgrade will allow facilities to get online quickly and speed their time to market. Access to reliable and secure connectivity will enhance the business park’s appeal to tech, biotech and life science companies, the corporation said.

Read the full article at Statesman.com