Buddy Vaughan, right, chief technology officer with Plateau, and Clay Bracken, senior manager, announced on Tuesday that Plateau’s newly constructed fiber optic telecommunications network is now up and running during a ribbon–cutting ceremony at the Civic Center. Mark Wilson Photo
Another invasion is taking place in Roswell, this time it’s of the fiber optic kind.
Plateau, originally known as Eastern New Mexico Rural Telephone Cooperative, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday and announced the completion of the 36 miles of fiber optic cable and equipment built within the city. Chief technology officer Buddy Vaughn addressed the crowd and explained how the project came into fruition as well as the advantages of the technology.
The project was made possible by the 2009 American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more specifically through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Through the BTOP, Plateau was able to secure two stimulus awards totaling more than $11.2 million, which allows them to lay fiber optic cable throughout parts of Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Though the primary targeted consumer in Roswell is larger establishments such as businesses and schools, Vaughn said individuals in the community could benefit as well.
“It’s very beneficial if you’re an online gamer or do a lot of peer-to-peer sharing, ” he said.
Vaughn also listed the various advantages of using fiber optics, the first being speed. Fiber operates in gigabits per second and is close to 1,000 times faster than copper technology. The next big selling point is the quality of the product. Unlike copper, fiber optics is not affected by typical weather conditions, thus offering better reception to consumers. He also stated that fiber optic cables are cheaper to maintain than its copper counterpart.
John Lopez is considering using the company’s services down the line as he opens his own private investigation firm.
“Fiber optics is everywhere, he said. “ It’s modern technology. If you have fiber optics now, it’s better than having wire because wire has it’s setbacks. For businessmen, I think it’s great.”
Representatives are currently in the process of speaking with potential business clients in the area, but welcome members of the community to consider their product for their households.