Major NC Fiber System Goes Totally Underground

December 2012, Vol. 67 No. 12
A fiber optic display. Image: Jim Sher.

RST was founded and privately funded by entrepreneurs and industry pros Dan Limerick, Doug Brown and Randy Revels; all are natives of Shelby and Cleveland County, NC, and have a personal interest in bringing state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure to a region still feeling the textile industry’s departure.

Doug Brown, chairman of the board and a 30-year cable and satellite industry veteran, said, “We believe the communities that have this technology will prosper in the future and the ones that don’t will not be able to compete. We wanted to do something for our community to help spur economic growth.”

Randy Revels, CTO, stated, “Working in the industry for over 25 years gave me tremendous insight on the problems encountered as systems were developed. While the major cable and telecommunications companies are continuously upgrading their infrastructure, their claim of fiber-optic capabilities is misleading. Often the “middle” or “last mile” segments are dramatically slower speed copper or coaxial cable; it’s not end-to-end. The cost to update these outdated legacy systems is astronomical. RST’s advantage is that we are not burdened with an outdated infrastructure and can deliver an all fiber network that’s 100 percent underground, which means maintenance requirements and outages are significantly reduced.”

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RST Global Communications, www.rstfiber.com