Business joins Dayton-area suburban fiber optics network to expand internet options

A Georgia-based business has announced a joint effort to expand its fiber broadband network to communities in the Miami Valley Communications Council. FILE

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A Georgia-based business has announced a joint effort to expand its fiber broadband network to communities in the Miami Valley Communications Council. FILE

CENTERVILLE — A Georgia-based business has a multimillion dollar, long-term deal to expand its fiber broadband network to some Dayton-area cities, expanding service options for homes and businesses.

Point Broadband is bringing fiber-to-the-home Internet service to residents and businesses in Springboro, and will soon do the same for other members of the Miami Valley Communications Council, officials said Tuesday.

That includes homes and businesses in Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood and West Carrollton, officials said.

“We have already broken ground in Springboro and will do so in the other MVCC cities soon,” Point Broadband CEO Todd Holt said in an email to the Dayton Daily News.

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“We will build our fiber network throughout the MVCC footprint at the same time rather than city by city,” he added. “Our fiber broadband service will first be available to homes and businesses in a matter of weeks.”

Point Broadband is targeting completion of the Springboro network for August, according to its website. Miami Valley Communications Council Executive Director Jay Weiskircher said work in other member cities is expected to start later this summer.

Officials did not disclose the agreement’s financial terms. But Weiskircher said the company is “picking up 100% of the tab” for what he said was a multimillion dollar, 15-year agreement with two five-year options.

Broadband provides high-speed internet access via multiple types of technologies, including fiber optics, wireless, cable, DSL and satellite.

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Point Broadband’s network would be an internet option for all in the MVCC’s GATEway Public Fiber Network, a $3 million project resulting in a 44-mile ring, officials said. But video components are not part of the deal, Weiskircher said.

Point Broadband’s rates were not part of the announcement.

“They will run fiber down all of the streets and then if you want to connect, then they’ll make a connection,” Weiskircher said.

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The business will provide symmetrical internet speeds — the same download and upload speeds — up to 10 Gigabits, along with a suite of enhanced digital voice services, officials said.

Point Broadband said the new fiber deployment will be an expansion of its central Ohio fiber footprint.

The company also provides services in Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, according to its website.

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