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Atlantic Broadband first to deliver fiber services

WORTON — As efforts are being made to improve overall internet service in Kent County, Atlantic Broadband has added a new community to its established fiber-optic network. Speaking Monday, Atlantic Broadband Maryland/Delaware Vice President and General Manager Scott Randall said the company recently extended service to Kinnairds Point, a community in the Worton area that has long had connectivity issues.

“A fiber-optic network connects an individual home to it and its dedicated servers,” he said. “It has a very high capacity.”

Randall said about 70 percent of Kinnairds Point residents are using the company’s network. A news release states delivering the service represents a $250,000 investment.

“We’ve had this particular community on our radar and been chasing this project for quite a while,” he said. “Some residents might not be down in the area until the summer, so I’m optimistic more will join us then.”

Randall said customers can choose from internet, telephone and television services or a variety of package deals. He said the highest internet speed is 120 megabytes per second.

“Customers can have any speed they want to use,” he said. “We also can accommodate them if they have a business at home.”

Randall said after the network is built out to a residence, it is connected via a box on the side of the home. He said Kinniards Point residents have been pleased with the service so far.

“They’re very happy about this. Once the service is in placed and is designed well, it provides a lot of robust service,” he said. “They’ve definitely been waiting long enough for this.”

Randall said Atlantic Broadband’s fiber network is separate from the one currently being built throughout the county by FTS Fiber of Monkton.

“Ours predates that by quite a number of months,” he said. “It takes many months, sometimes years, to complete this process.”

Randall said Atlantic Broadband plans to continue offering its fiber network service throughout Kent County. He said the customer base will range from those homes on the periphery of towns to residential neighborhoods.

“We have the the largest fiber-optic network on the Eastern Shore and we’re expanding that network every day,” Randall said. “There are enough homes here that makes it economically viable to do this.

We’re at a stage where the technology finally caught up with the demand and it made sense to move forward.”