CLEARWATER, NE (US92) - When you travel around Northeast Nebraska, you soon realize the vast amount of land in the region.
Now, imagine investing in a project that would install high speed broadband service to each and every resident in that area.
Two Siouxland telephone companies are busy doing just that.
This is a really big undertaking, but Northeast Nebraska Telephone and the Hartingon Telephone Company will tell you that it's worth every dollar invested.
Jackson-based Northeast Nebraska Telephone started the fiber optic process about five years ago.
This week they were working in the Clearwater, Nebraska area as part of their plan that will install 2,100 miles of high-speed broadband to all of their 6,000 customers in 30 communities.
By the end of this year, around 80 percent of their customers will have access to faster TV and internet through fiber optics.
"But we think it's the best way to prepare for the future. We don't know what the customers will demand through more internet, but we know they are going to demand more because they have everyday," said Pat McElroy.
The reality of it is, more and more people are hooking up more than just a computer through the internet.
Most households have about 7 to 10 different devices that require internet service.
In addition, Hartelco out of Hartington, Nebraska is also undergoing the same project, laying 179 miles of fiber.
The projects are not only bringing better and faster broadband service, but it's also seeing an economic impact, providing income to local stores, hotels and restaurants.
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