Bluepeak’s $12 Million Internet Expansion Project Started – Shawnee News-Star

Vicki or Misa Shawnee News Star vicky.misa@news-star.com

The groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning officially began the start of Bluepeak’s plan to build a new cable system at Shawnee.

At an event at Vision Bank, Bluepeak leaders celebrated the start of their effort to build a high-speed fiber network designed to serve more than 16,000 homes and businesses in the community.

A meet-and-greet was also offered at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center that afternoon to educate residents about the plan.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Shawnee to build a next-generation fiber-to-the-home network,” said Rich Fish, CEO of Bluepeak.

With advanced Bluepeak fiber connectivity, a company press release states that resident customers can get up to 5Gb of symmetric bandwidth and businesses can get up to 10Gb and beyond symmetric bandwidth.

“High-speed Internet is vital in attracting residents and new businesses to our region,” Rep. Dell Curbs said. “As our community grows, so does our need for quality options and I’m pleased to welcome Bluepeak in Shawnee to be one of those options.”

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In January, Shawnee city commissioners approved an ordinance granting non-exclusive permission to Bluepeak to build and operate a cabling system.

Assistant City Manager Jacob Voss said that although most franchise agreements are exclusive and require a vote of the people, Oklahoma law says that cable TV systems must be approved through non-exclusive agreements.

In January, Desi Stoops, vice president of market development at Bluepeak, said total investment in the state was estimated at $250 million to $300 million.

The infrastructure investment in Shawnee will be between $12 million and $14 million, he said, adding that it’s all privately funded – and no public money is being spent on the endeavor.

“Real fibers have a velocity of at least 1 g,” he said. “We also have options for 2G and 5G. The commercial speeds will be 2G, 5G and 10G – that’s the side of our internet.”

He said that on the same fiber they will provide video services, as on any other cable TV, there will be package options, such as primary, additional, etc.

“We’ve partnered with the city with an actual franchise agreement,” said Stubbs. “It’s possible that other companies will bring in fiber optics and provide high-speed internet – and the city doesn’t get any revenue from that.”

With the cable television franchise and video services offered by Bluepeak, 5 percent of that revenue is coming back to the city, he said.

“We envision this as a 30 to 40-year investment in Shawnee, as well as in Oklahoma,” he said. “We really believe that real fiber enhances any tele-education, telehealth, teleworkers, etc.” He said.

Once you put that infrastructure here, Stopes said Shawnee’s technology and infrastructure would look like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

“You’d be able to follow Hollywood productions if you wanted and it would look like they were sitting in Los Angeles,” he said. “Wall Street traders will have the ability to move in here and trade from a technology perspective.”

Stubbs said his biggest fear is when his company puts technology like this into a lot of communities, but it just isn’t assimilated and used to its full potential.

“We hope to capture 80 to 90 percent of all rooftops, homes and businesses as we can in the first round – the first phase of construction,” he said.

The main provisions of the agreement include:

The term of the agreement is 10 years

• 5 percent royalty fee for eligible services (as per state law that does not currently include Internet services)

Construction requirements: 50 percent build in two years, 90 percent increase in three years

Stoops said the neighborhoods will come online when they are completed; They won’t have to wait until the whole project is finished (estimated three years).

Shop front is coming

As a major market, Stoops also said Shawnee will have a storefront – hopefully in the downtown area – that will employ up to 12-15 people.

For more information, visit www.mybluepeak. com.

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