FarmTel expands fiber in Mt. Pleasant's Crossroads Industrial Park
WAYLAND — Farmers and Merchants Mutual Telephone Company, (FarmTel) of Wayland, announced on Friday the expansion and launch of their fiber optic network service in Mt. Pleasant, focused on the commercial customers in the Crossroads Industrial Park, Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance Executive Vice President Kiley Miler said.
The new service from FarmTel will help position Mt. Pleasant for economic growth.
“Access to high-speed information and telecommunication services is routinely rated as one of the five most important factors in business location decisions,” Miller said.
FarmTel officials said the fiber optic network will be operational by Aug. 1 for the commercial customers.
“Tomorrow’s new robust applications may only work over a fiber optic line,” said FarmTel Manager Rex McGuire. “This could be due to an application’s need for bandwidth or numerous applications running at once that cannot operate effectively over a copper or coax cable.
“A single hair-thin optical fiber can carry up to 1,000 times as much information as copper (traditional telephone network material) or coax (traditional cable television network material). Fiber adds value to what you do now and in the future.”