The Town of Land O’ Lakes and ChoiceTEL, LLC have partnered to bring a fiber optic broadband communications network to the Land O’ Lakes area. ChoiceTEL will be providing an upgradable and expandable complete fiber to the premise network to the underserved and unserved areas in our township. The project plan is to utilize carrier grade Adtran technology to provide a fiber optic cable along an 18 mile route. The proposed route will start at County Road S in the Town of Conover and head north to Tamarak Road, Rummels Road, W Big Portage Lake Road, Babcock Road, Carlson Road to County Road B to the downtown area and end at Hwy 45. In phase 2 and 3 of the project, the route will continue west on County Road B, including all town roads, as far west as Palmer Lake Rd.
A main connection line for the network will be installed and the communications building will connect this line to the central office in Eagle River. Once the network is in place, ChoiceTEL will be offering internet services speeds of 50Mb/s residential and 100 Mb/s business connection along with traditional phone service.
ChoiceTEL will have a pre-sign up period for all residents and send out mailings to notify property owners of the internet/phone service and when it will be available.
The schedule for completion of the project will be done in phases.
May 2016- The planning of routes and obtaining construction permits from State and County Governments.
June 2016-September 2017 -Primary Build Out- ChoiceTEL will lay approximately 18 miles of fiber optic infrastructure along the proposed route.
September -October 2017- ChoiceTEL will start and complete all fiber splicing needed to link the Central Office to the Telecommunications Hut in Land O’ Lakes.
November 2017 -testing and turn-up networking equipment for the fiber optic project. Residential and commercial hook ups will start tentatively in the winter of 2017.
The project phases will continue west on County Rd B and along each road in the township that has residents signed up in the pre signup phase.
The Town will be contributing $250,000 for the initial phase of the project and the State match is
$250,000. The Town’s portion will be funded through cash reserves, loan proceeds and donations will be accepted from any individual, company or organization that would like to contribute a tax deductible donation to the project. To donate funds towards this project or to receive further information, please contact:
Town of Land O’ Lakes, PO Box 660, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540.
Look to our website for monthly updates on this project!