WICHIT, KS – A new project to expand fiber-powered broadband in Wichita will bring higher-speed internet to over 10,000 residents by the end of next year. “The city of Wichita reached out to us stating that they need more connectivity, and we agree,” said Jim Jamison, President of AT&T Kansas. “It’s a win-win situation, and we found a way to reach those homes.”
The fiber-powered broadband expansion project in Wichita is part of a $45 million initiative to connect more Kansans to high-quality internet. The funds will be distributed to eight other service providers in the state to bring higher-speed internet to areas that currently lack it, according to a press release.
More about $45M Initiative to Connect More Kansans to High-Quality Internet
On January 18, 2023, Governor Laura Kelly announced that $44.5 million will be given to nine service providers to bring high-speed internet to 18,468 locations in 15 underserved counties in the state. This is the final phase of the Kansas Capital Project Funds (CPF) Broadband Infrastructure Program, which aims to provide funding for areas in the state that lack access to high-speed internet. The total CPF investment of $83.5 million, along with $42 million in matching funds, will result in over 24,500 homes, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and other public institutions gaining access to fast, reliable internet for the first time. Governor Kelly stated that this funding is a significant step towards achieving the goal of making Kansas a top 10 state for broadband access by 2030.
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According to Jim Jamison, the president of AT&T Kansas, fiber-optic broadband connections can reach speeds that are around 20 times faster than standard internet. This could be a game-changer for families and households with multiple users, as it provides enough bandwidth to allow multiple people to stream, work, and connect to online meetings simultaneously. He said, “For a family that’s trying to operate several computers, got kids trying to stream, a parent trying to connect to a meeting, it gives plenty of bandwidth to allow that sort of thing.”
“For a family that’s trying to operate several computers, got kids trying to stream, a parent trying to connect to a meeting, it gives plenty of bandwidth to allow that sort of thing,” he said.
What does this mean for fiber installer jobs in Wichita?
The short answer is only good things if you have experience working with fiber-optic technology and this means jobs for Wichitans. Good jobs in fact! The average salary of a fiber optic cable installer can vary depending on factors such as location, experience, and the type of employer. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of 2021, the median annual salary for telecommunications line installers and repairers, which includes fiber optic cable installers, is around $63,660. However, some fiber optic cable installers may earn upwards of $90,000 depending on factors such as their location, experience, and the type of employer they work for.