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Fiber installation continues in the township of Troy

Workers install the main electronics cabinet for the broadband system near the Troy Town Hall. Submitted photo

Work continues on fiber installation by Baldwin Telecom in the Town of Troy infrastructure project.

Baldwin Telecom (BTI) was a successful applicant for a $4,533,949 matching grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Services for a broadband deployment project throughout the Town of Troy. The grant was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Upon completion, Troy's residents and businesses will have a 100 percent fiber-based broadband connection.

"Broadband and high-speed Internet connections are the superhighways of this century," said William Rubin, executive director of St. Croix Economic Development Corporation. "Fiber-based connections are akin to Interstate highways, but more importantly, fiber provides a connection throughout the galaxy, and not just from 'Point A' to 'Point B.' With St. Croix County's inclusion in the Twin Cities metro area, more individuals and businesses are depending on high-speed connections that fiber brings."

BTI's project in Troy is about 25 percent completed, including the installation of the main fiber and the extension of fiber to connection spots at homes, according to Larry Knegendorf, general manager of BTI.

"The project is going along smoothly as we have excellent contractors involved with our project," said Knegendorf. "We are targeting the first week of July to start installing customers on the system."

Rubin said BTI's fiber project in Troy represents a good start.

"A big part of St. Croix County is rural, and that should not be misinterpreted as being disconnected," said Rubin. "There are growing opportunities for fiber projects that involve tele-medicine, distance learning, and electronic commerce. We want to make sure St. Croix's residents and businesses are well connected."