Archive for Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Cable TV upgrade making progress

August 15, 2001

Contractors now are working to install new cable that ultimately will mean increased television options in Tonganoxie.

Jim Day, infield engineer for Sunflower Broadband, formerly known as Sunflower Cablevision, said workers have begun to replace existing wire throughout Tonganoxie.

"All the old system is going to be abandoned," Day said. "We're building a whole new cable system. Some of it's underground, some of it's overhead."

Plans call for the $1.16 million project that includes 34 miles of cable lines to be completed by Christmas.

"That's what I'm shooting for," Day said. "We should be done by then. My bosses are telling me I have to be done by Christmas."

Day said he doesn't anticipate many cable television outages during the switchover.

"There may be one or two, but other than that, there should not be any interruption until we change the service wire that goes to the house to the new system," he said. "Our existing customers will continue to run on the old system until we change them over to the new system."

Once the project is completed, Tonganoxie residents will have access to the same service that Sunflower offers its customers in Lawrence.

That will include more than 200 video channels, high-speed Internet access and, soon, telephone service.

Once Tonganoxie is on line, Linwood's system will be upgraded. In 2002, other areas in Leavenworth County served by Sunflower Broadband will be upgraded. Those will include rural areas served by Sunflower, as well as the city of Basehor.

To prepare for the increased service in Leavenworth County, Sunflower crews laid new fiber-optic cable from Lawrence, down Kansas Highway 32 and up Leavenworth County Road 25.

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