Brown, rectangular buildings — key components in the growing fiber-based network — have popped up around Martin in recent weeks. Installation of the sixth and final building should be completed within days.
Known as remotes, the buildings are placed in each of the six zones used in the Fiber for Martin project. The buildings provide a hub, a link between WK&T’s existing fiber network and the connections to homes and businesses.
WK&T Telecommunications has a collaborative project with the city of Martin to build a cutting-edge fiber optic network within the city limits during the next 12 to 18 months. The project ties the city of Martin to WK&T’s existing fiber network in Fulton.
Several customers are now connected to fiber in zone 1, an area to the north from North Lindell Street toward the city limits. All work to get customers ready for connections in zone 1 should be complete by the end of August.
Work in zone 2 is moving along nicely, with about 15 miles of underground fiber optic cable installed.
Zone 2 is on the west side of town in the area near University Street and the city limits.
WK&T’s new office in Martin opened three weeks ago at 207 S. Lindell St., and it is staffed with a customer service representative. At the office, customers can sign up for fiber internet, find out about new services, pay bills, receive technical support and learn more about the Fiber for Martin project.