Cellcom customers living in Door County or traveling to the popular destination will soon experience an expanded wireless network.
Green Bay-based Cellcom announced plans last week to build a fiber optic network from Green Bay to Sturgeon Bay. The project will deliver high-speed Internet access, increase capacity for data services, expand the wireless network and prepare the network for wireless 4G technology in the future.
William Chaudior, executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), is confident the enhanced Internet speed and reliability will attract new businesses and further energize the area’s business climate.
“This deployment in Door County will give us the opportunity to market our area as a fiber-driven business community,” he says. “We greatly appreciate Cellcom’s investment in our community and commitment to improving our infrastructure.”
DCEDC and Cellcom joined forces with city and county representatives to plot a fiber route that will run through the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park and pass the hospital, shipyards and other high-demand users that could benefit from this ultra-high broadband service.
Pat Riordan, president and CEO, notes that the project demonstrates Cellcom’s continued commitment to serving rural areas.
“In recent years, other companies wanted to bring fiber optic cable and high-speed Internet capabilities to Door County and increase capacity. However, the proposals required either public funding or financial support from the county or city.” Riordan notes. “Cellcom is proud to bring high-speed Internet and increased reliability to the area, without passing on the cost to local residents or businesses.”
Cellcom expects the fiber optic network to be fully operable by the end of the year.