Calix adds 12 broadband stimulus projects for $153 million

On Tuesday, Calix, Inc. announced that 12 communications service providers have selected the company to support approximately $153 million of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States.



On Tuesday, Calix, Inc. announced that 12 communications service providers have selected the company to support approximately $153 million of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States.


The projects will deploy both fiber access and digital subscriber line (DSL) across Calix platforms to bring broadband services to residences, businesses, and community institutions in 11 states, says Calix (Petaluma, Calif., USA).


A total of 12 service providers selected Calix and its Unified Access portfolio to support their Broadband Stimulus projects, including the following awards whose values include plant engineering, materials, labor, access equipment and other costs:


Wilkes Telephone and Electric Company (Wilkes)– Wilkes has received a large BIP second round award of over $48 million in the form of loans and grants, of which a portion is for access. Wilkes will deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network across Lincoln, Taliaferro, and Wilkes counties in Georgia to deliver broadband services.


Darien Telephone Company – Darien will utilize its $447,000 BIP combined grant and loan award to bring fiber-enabled broadband to Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia.


F&B Communications – F&B Communications will leverage a $3.2 million BIP award to bring advanced data, video, and voice services to rural customers in the Iowa communities of Bennett, Lowden, and Delmar.


Gervais Telephone Company – Already completed, Gervais used its $628,000 BIP award to connect two communities with fiber access technologies, including schools and fire departments in northern Oregon.


Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska – The $764,000 BIP grant will bring an advanced fiber access infrastructure to the Iowa tribe’s federally-recognized lands in Kansas.


Montana Opticom – With this $64.1 million BIP award, split evenly between a loan and a grant, over 11,900 residences, businesses, and anchor institutions throughout Gallatin County in southwest Montana will now have fiber-fed broadband services.


Northern Arkansas Telephone Company (NATCO) – Deploying both fiber and copper technologies, NATCO will utilize a BIP grant and additional company investment to serve Marion and Boone counties in rural, north central Arkansas.


Ponderosa Telephone Company – Ponderosa will deploy an advanced fiber access infrastructure across a 31-square mile area, which will enable telemedicine and education applications.


San Carlos Apache Telephone Utility – A new fiber access network will be constructed with this $10.4 million BIP grant and loan award to deliver broadband and emergency services to five communities, anchor institutions and tower sites within San Carlos Apache’s federally-recognized lands in Arizona.


Shawnee Telephone Company – Shawnee will lead the Southern Illinois Sustainable Broadband Transformation project with its $7.4 million BIP grant and loan award as well as an additional $1 million in outside investment, which will bring broadband services to over 1,200 households, 400 businesses, and 35 schools and anchor institutions in the area.


Stoneham Cooperative Telephone Corporation – This $1.9 million BIP award, composed on a grant, loan, and private investment, will fund a fiber access network to serve the Colorado counties of Weld, Logan, and Morgan.


Thacker-Grisby Telephone Company – Residents, businesses, and anchor institutions in Breathitt County, Kentucky will be served via an advanced fiber access network funded by a $7.4 million BIP grant and loan award.