Optic Expands Network Due To Pittsburg Growth

Optic Communications is announcing further expansion of its fiber-optic network in Pittsburg. The latest growth will enable the company to provide service to small businesses in areas of Pittsburg for the first time. Optic’s network growth comes largely credited to a robust Pittsburg economy and success of the company’s already-installed network.

The first area to receive small business services from Optic will be along North Broadway from 23rd Street north to Atkinson. Businesses along both sides of Broadway will be able to hook up to the gigabit fiber-optic network.

“When we originally announced the Pittsburg network, we said we were going to focus on large enterprise customers. Our success in that area has directly caused us to expand our services to small businesses now,” stated Optic Marketing Manager Nick Saporito.

Optic began operating in Pittsburg in 2015 with a multimillion dollar investment into its Crawford County network. The investment has yielded a geographically-redundant network that has specialized in custom services for Pittsburg’s large businesses.

This expansion will be one of two major expansions for Optic. The company is concurrently expanding to Loma Linda, Missouri; its first Missouri market. Optic will continue to grow following the demand for the best service in the area.

Earn a $100 Credit when you add Cable TV to your Home Internet!

Are you thinking about adding cable TV to your home internet but can’t quite decide? Optic Communications is here to help! During the month of July, Optic is offering a $100 bill-in credit to current internet subscribers who wish to add cable TV by switching to an Optic Entertainment pack! You can check out all of the packs here, we have options to fit any budget! Choosing a pack allows you to save money (up to $255 a year vs. a la carte) and gives you one easy bill!

Customer must currently have residential internet service and upgrade to new pack offering. This does not apply to Essentials. Pre-payment rules still apply. $100 credit will be applied on September bill unless otherwise specified. Customer must not have had cable TV with Optic Communications after 12/31/2016.

Last Call! Galena/Riverton Fiber Install Cost Going Increasing

If you live in areas of Galena and Riverton, KS in which Optic already has service: the time to sign up is NOW! On July 17, 2017 we will be increasing our residential fiber installation charge from $100 to $250 in these areas. Many of these areas have had service from Optic for over two years now and as we move on to new projects it is more costly to come back and install additional fiber services.

Please click here to verify if your address is serviceable by Optic today. If so, be sure to sign up by 7/17/17 to take advantage of the $100 fiber installation charge. All blue and purple areas on the map are currently $100 residential install. They will all go to $250 on the 17th.

Why is Optic increasing the installation charge? 

As we move on to new projects that are further from these areas, it is more challenging to mobilize construction assets back to existing areas. Many of these areas have had the option of getting services from Optic for over two years now. 

What if I’m under contract with my current Internet/TV provider? 

No problem! You may go ahead and pay the $100 fiber install charge to get a fiber-optic line buried to your house, then sign up for services from us later at no additional cost. 

What about locations outside of these areas? 

Any new areas we turn up in Galena or Riverton, KS in the future will always start out with a $100 fiber install charge. 

Why should I get fiber to my home? 

In addition to having faster, more reliable services, having a fiber-optic cable to your home increases the value of your home by an average of 3%

What if my home already has a fiber drop from Optic? 

Great! The installation charge only applies to homes that do NOT have an Optic fiber drop. If you already have one, there are no additional installation fees. 

 

More HD Channels Added

AMC (channel 37), Golf Channel (channel 73) , and E! (channel 35) will be moving to high definition (HD) the night of June 12, 2017.  This update will also remove Universal HD as part of a nationwide drop of that channel by NBC Universal. This update is scheduled to begin at 10:00 pm tonight and should wrap up early tomorrow morning! We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and we hope you enjoy your new high definition channels! You may view the most current channel guide here.

Managed Wi-Fi offered through Optic Communications!

Tired of constantly worrying about your home Wi-Fi? Optic Communications now offers managed Wi-Fi services for residential customers! If you don’t want to deal will maintenance and  never ending updates, this the program for you. Optic will take care of all software updates and maintenance of your new Gigacenter router. For only $6 a month (or only $2 if you already have Gigabit), you can have commercial-grade wireless internet throughout your home! Our router is the top router than we tested, and we tested a whole lot of them, for the highest Wi-Fi speed. We highly recommend this service to anyone that already has Gigabit as most routers can’t handle the incredibly fast speeds we offer. Having the Gigacenter router can also make you a better neighbor! Regular routers interfere with each other and slow everything down, but when you and your neighbors all have our routers there is no interference! You will receive the same great service that you deserve!

 

  • Bring industry-grade wireless Internet to your home
  • All software updates and maintenance performed by Optic, saving you extra work!
  • No hassle – the router is our problem
  • Forget your Wi-Fi password? We can reset it for you
  • We’ve tested dozens of routers…this one offers the highest Wi-Fi speeds
  • Control your router with the NetValet app

Contact us today to add Managed Wi-Fi

Optic Crosses State Line, Expands Riverton Network

Optic Communications is launching one of its largest expansions ever, including crossing the state line with its fiber-optic network. The Columbus, Kansas based company will be expanding its gigabit fiber-optic network to the community of Loma Linda, Missouri as well as its existing network in the Riverton, Kansas area. Combined, the two projects will put fiber-optic cables in front of nearly 500 more homes.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Loma Linda serve as our first market in Southwest Missouri. It will enable residents to work from home, have additional entertainment options and bring world-class services to their community,” stated Optic General Manager Trish Carroll.

The 100-percent fiber network will enable Optic to provide Loma Linda residents gigabit Internet and high-quality cable TV services over a strand of glass that’s thinner than a human hair. Optic has been deploying gigabit service throughout Southeast Kansas since 2014, but has yet to cross the state line. Loma Linda currently has very limited options when it comes to broadband internet service.

Construction of the company’s Missouri network is scheduled to begin in June 2017 with an estimated one-year construction time. At its conclusion, nearly all 400 premises in the Loma Linda zip code will be offered fiber services.

Despite bringing on an additional market, Optic is also starting the largest expansion of its Cherokee County Kansas network since 2014. The expansion just north of Riverton, Kansas will provide service to nearly 100 additional residents. This construction project is already underway and will be complete this summer.

“Continuing to invest in our existing markets is very important to us. Riverton has consistently shown a need for our services and we’re happy to keep meeting those needs with this expansion,” added Carroll.

Optic currently operates its all-fiber network in select areas of Baxter Springs, Columbus, Frontenac, Galena, Pittsburg and Riverton, Kansas. In under three years, the company has installed over 150 miles of fiber-optic cables.

 

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Optic Expands Galena Residential Network

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Galena, Kansas – Fiber-optic internet provider Optic Communications today announced an expansion of its residential network in Galena. Certain Galena residents in the Southeast part of the city will now be able to sign up for fiber-optic services. With the expansion, the company’s buried fiber network will be in front of over 300 Galena residences.

The expansion is occurring in two locations throughout Galena. The first is down Wood Street from 15th Street to 21st Street, including the King’s Circle addition and Southern Oaks. The second area is the new Galena Estates apartment complex on Stateline Road. Each unit will have fiber-optic service from Optic.

Construction in the first area (near Wood Street) will begin June 27th and will take approximately 60 days to complete, weather permitting. Galena Estates will be ready for service as soon as the first resident moves in.

Both network expansions have been driven by demand, which can be expressed through the company’s website. Once a neighborhood expresses enough demand, that neighborhood will typically get the network constructed.

“We’re excited to constantly expand our Galena network, and want to thank the residents in these areas for expressing enough demand to make it happen,” stated Optic marketing manager Nick Saporito.

The Optic network offers phone, cable TV and broadband internet service. The company also recently launched Gigabit internet service, price-matching what Google Fiber offers in the Kansas City metro area for the same service. Residents interested in the services may express interest by clicking here.

A video explaining how Optic residential service works, can be viewed below:

HBO GO Now Available

Optic is pleased to announce that subscribers of HBO now have access to HBO GO included with their subscription! HBO GO allows you to watch HBO’s library of movies and original series on-demand through the HBO GO app. The HBO GO app can be found on numerous devices, including some smart TV’s and Apple TV.

Using the service is easy. Simply download the HBO GO app on your smartphone or tablet, select “watchTVEverywhere” as your service provider (Columbus Telephone Company is NOT listed) and login with your WatchTVEverywhere account. If you do not already have a WatchTVEverywhere account, you may sign up for one by clicking here. Simply select “Columbus Telephone” from the drop-down menu.

HBO GO joins our new all-HD lineup of HBO channels. We recently upgraded all of our premium movie channels to high definition to improve the customer experience.

Should you have any questions regarding using the HBO GO service, do not hesitate to contact us.

More Ways To Pay

Optic Communications is pleased to announce American Bank in Columbus, KS and Galena, KS will begin are now accepting payments for your phone, cable TV and internet services provided by Optic.

Please note when making your payments at American Bank locations you must have your bill stub or account number with you. Cash, check, or money orders will be accepted. Payments made before 2:00 PM will be posted on the same day, while payments made after 2:00 PM will fall on the next business day.

American Bank’s drive thru hours are as follows:

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Thursday)

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Friday)

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Saturday)

Payments are accepted at the Columbus branch (810 E Maple) and the Galena branch (901 E. 7th).

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Optic Named Four State’s Only Gig-Certified Provider

Arlington, Va., (April 1, 2016) – Optic Communications was today recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the Columbus, Baxter Springs, Galena and Pittsburg, Kansas communities.

Optic’s Gig-Capable network is made possible by the company’s 100-percent fiber-optic network. Through Optic’s parent company, Columbus Telephone Company, Optic’s network was one of the first all-fiber networks in the Midwest in 2004. Since its initial construction, the company has constantly invested in network technology to bring more bandwidth to customers.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, Optic Communications joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.

“I applaud Optic for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, Optic has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.”

To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.

More information about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification program is available at www.ntca.org/gigcertified.

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About Optic Communications

Optic Communications traces its roots back to 1905 when its parent company, Columbus Telephone Company, was founded by a group of Kansas farmers. Since inception, the company has constantly kept ahead of the telecommunications industry in terms of technology advancement and today is expanding that innovation by way of a Gigabit fiber-optic network throughout Southeast Kansas. From an electric vehicle fleet, to an entirely paperless operation, the company has technology ingrained in its DNA. 

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.