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Fibre optic internet project announced for Arthur

The $6 million dollar project by Wightman will include 37 kms of buried lines in the village
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Wightman’s Arthur location at 148 George St., Suite 2, will open in April 2020. Supplied photo

ARTHUR – Fibre optic internet lines are being installed in the Village of Arthur this spring. 

According to a press release, local communications company Wightman announced the $6-million project, called Fibre to the Home, at Wellington North’s Monday council meeting. 

Arthur will have 37 kilometres of fibre optic lines buried which will cover 1,100 houses and businesses in the village. This will be the company’s 11th Fibre to the Home building project.

Fibre optic technology uses laser pulses of light sent through tiny strands of glass to transmit data which allows for a significant increase in speeds. 

In a press release, Wightman president and CEO Rob Figliuzzi said the company has been part of the Arthur community for years and is thrilled to bring this technology to the town.

“It’s only appropriate that we now make the significant investment in a fibre optic infrastructure for Arthur with leading-edge technology that can accommodate any home or business communications needs,” Figliuzzi said in the release.

Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox also expressed enthusiasm about the project. 

“We are thrilled that Wightman is investing in the community of Arthur,” Lennox said in a press release. “Arthur is a great place to invest and live, and having Wightman fibre available is a huge asset for our current residents and businesses, as well as prospective residents and businesses who want to move to Arthur.”

To get fibre optics to your home, you have to sign-up with Wightman even if you are a current customer. The company is asking residents to call 1-877-863-4273 or email fttharthur@wightman.ca

Wightman’s Arthur location at 148 George St. is opening in April 2020.