Elizabethtown businesses will soon benefit from 'pipe'

ELIZABETHTOWN - Thanks to an Elizabethtown Community Hospital Project, fiber optic technology may be coming to business owners in Elizabethtown.

Chazy Westport Communications recently finished wiring the hospital for the fiber optic technology, and may soon do the same for local businesses, including the town offices.

"This is a big thing for the town," said Elizabethtown supervisor Noel Merrihew. "To be able to get involved with something like this is a tremendous benefit not only for the hospital, but for the town as well."

Currently, the fiber optic services would only be available to local businesses along and near Main Street, according to Jim Forcier, president and CEO of Chazy Westport Communications.

"We are looking at this in phases," Forcier said. "Right now, we are going to be able to offer it to businesses along the route that runs to the hospital. If there is significant interest, we may go down Water Street and some of the side streets, as well."

Forcier said the latest expansion of fiber optic services for his company is something they hope to build from.

"It's something that we have had in Westport," said Forcier. "To me, there has been enough interest between the businesses in Elizabethtown and having the hospital as the anchor for that service is a big part of that."

Forcier also said the company had a proposal submitted to the county about providing the offices with the fiber optic services.

"We have not heard anything back as of yet, but we do have a proposal that we have submitted with the county to bring it in there," Forcier said.

Forcier said the fiber optic service would provide companies with faster speeds and service.

"The biggest thing is that you will have unlimited band-width," he said. "Businesses will also have the chance to have direct contact with other sites if they have multiple locations."

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