Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Cable project on target for completion

September 19, 2001

Cable installation in the Tonganoxie area continues for Sunflower Broadband, formerly Sunflower Cablevision, Lawrence.

Jim Day, infield engineer for Sunflower Broadband, said the company is installing main lines, both buried and overhead.

The cables are being installed at East Washington Street, along with Village Street. That will progress west on Washington Street and south along Pleasant Street. Cable has already been installed in the South Park subdivision and Country Hill Estates.

The project started by linking the fiber-optic cable from Lawrence along Kansas Highway 32 to the existing cable along Leavenworth County Road 25.

That work was completed in August.

Day said he hopes to have the cable-laying phase finished by the end of November. Service wire to homes will be installed after that.

Service wiring should take two to three weeks and be finished around Christmas. Service is expected to begin after Jan. 1.

A major task for Sunflower Broadband is merging the existing cable with the Lawrence service.

"The additional complication is that we have to keep the old system running, and at the same time, get the new system running," Day said. "It's essentially two systems running at the same time."

Tonganoxie will go from the current 40-channel system to one with nearly 200 channels and Internet service. Telephone service is expected later.

The new cable television service is a $1.16 million project that includes 34 miles of cable.

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