Fiber optic lines, house move discussed in Allouez
By Josh Staloch
ALLOUEZ – TDS Telecom plans to bring fiber optic lines to Allouez, the village council learned at its meeting last month.
The underground fiber-optic cable network will bring download speeds of up to one gigabit per second to village residents, with the potential to expand as technology advances, said Josh Worrell, director of development. commercial at TDS.
If in 10 years the average speed of a connection is five gigabits per second, Allouez’s network will be able to handle it without further upgrading, he said.
“We’re looking to be in communities with good household growth, good household demographics,” Worrell said. “We will target the Grand Green Bay area. For Allouz, that will be about 67 or 68 miles of fiber, while the greater Green Bay area will require about 1,100 miles of fiber.
He said the construction needed to create the network will have an impact.
Worrell said there was no easy way to sink 70 miles of fiber into the ground without turning a few residents’ heads.
He said residents will be notified about a week before construction in their area with a flyer from TDS on what to expect as the project moves through their section of the village.
The Allocate portion of the project is expected to begin in spring 2022 and is expected to last 12 to 15 months.
TDS expects to cover the Grand Green Bay area within 3 to 5 years.
With unanimous approval from the village council, a house and detached garage currently located at 2354 Riverside Dr. will be relocated to 2550 S. Webster Ave.
Randy Bain, the owner of Bain’s House Moving, said the move, which will take place in the middle of the night in November, should not disturb residents along its short drive from Riverside to Webster.
“I’ve been in business relocation all of my life,” Bain said. “With this one, and where it is, we’ll start with the garage, it should take us a day to charge it.” Home will be a bigger process. It will probably take us five days to set it up and charge it, and then it will take us about three hours to get there. “
The owners of both properties have said they plan to sell the home once it moves to Webster, while building a new home on the Riverside lot.
In other cases
• The Public Works Department has hired Shannon Shornack, a resident of Allouez, as a new special equipment operator. Shornack worked for the City of Green Bay, where he had experience in garbage and recyclable collection, leaf and brush collection, snow removal and asphalt patching.