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Bastrop EDC contracts with FiberLight to extend broadband service to Bastrop Business Park

Angela Ryan - BEDC

Bastrop Economic Development Corporation today announced that it is partnering with Georgia-based FiberLight, LLC to bring 1- and 10-gigabit fiber connectivity to the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park by mid-2017. Working with the FiberLight team, the EDC developed plans to access a dark fiber (unused fiber optic cable) node near the business park to extend service to its existing and future tenants. The optical fiber-based services initially will serve all developed sites, with fiber 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,” said Bastrop EDC Executive Director Shawn Kirkpatrick, CEcD. “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.”

FiberLight is contracted to install a backbone fiber network within the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park right of way. Construction commenced on May 18th and will be completed in the next few months. Two current business park tenants have already signed on as anchor users: Medical device maker AEI Technologies, whose new facility is under construction, is expected to be the first user of fiber within the business park. A soon-to-be-announced project has committed to signing on later in 2017 when it completes the acquisition of its new facility. Several current tenants will connect networks in the near future.

The EDC held a groundbreaking with FiberLight to commence construction of the dark fiber backbone being installed in the Business Park.  

Read the full press release