A decade ago a property that did not have high internet speeds was still marketable. At the time, the average customers’ survival did not depend on the availability of high internet speeds. However, at this age, high-speed internet is a required feature for a residential or commercial property. Customers are now demanding fast internet and take the companies that do not deliver the promise to court.

Water pipe

Why Is the Fast Internet That Important?

Almost everyone has a smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other smart devices. Some property incorporates the smart home technology, interconnecting the households the cooker, the thermostat, the doorbell even the toothbrushes (that is how dependent on the internet humans have become)

The community is investing in telecommunication networks for several reasons:

  • Economic development
  • Improving access to healthcare
  • Price stabilization
  • Promoting the education sector

Networks provide gigs for thousands in Washington and connect business to other cities.

Early March in Congress, the “Dig Once” bill also known as the Conduit Act of 2017 was introduced. The statement encouraged the right to access broadband expansions on any federal highway, sidewalk or road. The introduction of the law is set to increase fiber deployment and make it cheaper and standardized, as such it will improve internet investments at the rural areas and restrict bureaucracy.

The “Dig Once” legislation date back to 2009 when Anna Eshoo first proposed it. The bill was not passed then, but it gained popularity among consumer groups. Now there is another great news for the fast internet addicts. There is a creative avenue of deploying fiber optic cables through municipal water pipes.

It works like the powerline networking project where internet to the home is provided through existing electrical wiring to connect devices. There are no new wires thus the ability of a device to access a network where there is an electrical outlet. There is no additional electrical bill and saves installation cost.

The city council of Anacortes, Washington approved a contract with a company that has invented a way to feed lay fiber optic cables through the existing water pipes. The primary aim of the new system is to replace the aging radio system that controls the local water and sewage systems. However, over time, the project will be able to serve the residents and various businesses with a fiber network. Since every home has a water and sewage system, once the construction of the project is complete and the service is running it will connect all the residents of the remote coastal city. It will also be easy to connect the water treatment station that is miles ways with relative ease.

The Construction of the “Pipe-in-Pipe.”

This unique approach is not new; the pipe-in-pipe installation has been implemented successfully in South Africa, the UK, Spain and New Zealand.

What Will the Project Entail?

The city water pipes are 36 inches in diameter held in place with special adapters; the micro-duct will be made of the same material as the water pipes and fed through the pipes. The rugged construction of the narrow ducts will prevent wear and tear. The micro-conduct will connect two locations that have the water supply. The fiber optic cables will then be fed to the micro ducts allowing officials to have access and control over the connected sites.

The unique construction is expected to take close to 30 working days, and the logistics show it will save Anacortes a significant amount of money and time. Optical signals have a host of many ways of improving life. We are more likely to see new solutions and creativity in the telecommunication sector.

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