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Citizens try out first fiber to home connection

Splicing ceremony provides BBQ, fast Internet

Timberline Ridge Park is a historic site. It is one of the first places in Sandy to get fully functioning fiber Internet connection.

The night of Thursday, Sept. 18, citizens and city employees alike gathered in Timberline Ridge Park for a fiber splicing ceremony and Sandy Fiber-to-the-Home Project informational event. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - OFS employees demonstrate the companys fusion splicers, which will be used in home installations.

The city of Sandy set up the event as a way to introduce residents to the workings of the technology as installation continues throughout the Sandy area.

City IT Director Joe Knapp said that the first phase of installation is almost complete, but the more time-consuming procedures are yet to come.

The tent in the park was complete with Internet and cable hookups so residents could try out the new technology — and even sign up if they liked what they saw. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Eager residents try out the fiber technology after enjoying food provided by Busters Barbecue.

Knapp said the demonstrations did spark some interest. “We did get more signups at the event and several people took fliers home,” he said.

An example connection was set up to show homeowners how the hookups to houses would work, and local company Route 26 Fiber ran splicing machines to illustrate the process and answer questions.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Joe Knapp explains how OFS fusion splicers work.

City Manager Seth Atkinson, Council President Jeremy Pietzold, OFS Fitel Services International CEO Tim Murray, Mayor Bill King and Knapp all spoke at the event.

Rather than conducting his normal ribbon cutting, King symbolically pressed the button on a fusion splicer.

Buster’s Texas Style Barbecue of Gresham, courtesy of OFS, catered the event. Atkinson said the caterers reported feeding about 150 people.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Mayor Bill King got a change of pace when he ran the fusion splicer rather than using his giant scissors.

“We also saw an influx of customer signups,” Atkinson said.

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