New fiber internet network underway

New fiber internet network underway

KINGSTON – Archtop Fiber has broken ground to install and launch a new, 100 percent fiber, multi-gig Internet service that will provide faster connections for Kingston residents.

Archtop Fiber will provide Internet speeds up to 10Gbps and will offer symmetrical upload and download speeds to meet the rising demand for more robust connectivity as data usage and cloud adoption increase.

The company said the new broadband network will support more efficient streaming, a house full of Wi-Fi connected devices, video conferencing, e-commerce, and more.

Internet service is anticipated to roll out neighborhood by neighborhood and be fully available this winter.

Archtop Fiber is also installing fiber cable in Sullivan County.

“Not only will Archtop Fiber empower the City of Kingston’s businesses and residents with more connectivity and tech jobs, it will also help us achieve our goal to build a more sustainable community that promotes environmental stewardship,” said Mayor Steven Noble. “Fiber is one of the greenest types of broadband available, using up to 12 times less energy than traditional cable providers.”

He said Archtop’s new network will enable the city “to significantly reduce the release of greenhouse gas emissions and protect our natural resources in this area.”

Archtop’s CEO Jeff DeMond said their “cutting-edge internet speeds will help attract and retain businesses in this community, supporting them with a solid, reliable digital infrastructure built to scale up for future needs.”

The first phase of installation has begun with the use of 74 existing Central Hudson utility poles for aerial fiber deployment. The second phase of installation includes microtrenching, a minimally intrusive process that enables fiber lines to run through very narrow underground trenches, which will begin in the next couple of weeks. Microtrenching is performed with special equipment and will not require street closings. Up to 1,500 feet of fiber optics can be run in one day in trenches measuring approximately 1 inch wide.

With headquarters in the Town of Ulster, Archtop Fiber is building its permanent headquarters and customer care center at iPark 87 as part of the development of the former IBM Tech City site.

To learn more about Archtop Fiber and ongoing installation work in Kingston, visit www.archtopfiber.com.