A New York company wants permission to run about 4.5 miles of fiber-optic cable in central Raleigh.
The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday will consider Fiber Technologies Networks’ request to hang cable on existing utility poles from downtown west to Brooks Avenue. The cable often is used to transfer large volumes of data between computer systems.
Technology aficionados have been eagerly watching for new fiber installations since Google announced plans to roll out superfast “gigabit” Internet service in Raleigh. AT&T also is building a gigabit network.
However, it’s unclear why Fiber Technologies Networks is building in Raleigh. The proposal before the council does not detail how the fiber will be used.
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The new cable would start just west of the legislature, run north along North Boylan Avenue and snake west along Peace Street and Clark Avenue. The company would run spurs along sections of several nearby blocks, including Oberlin Road, Smallwood Drive, Brooks Avenue, Horne Street and Logan Court. A map is available in the council agenda.
A representative of Fiber Technologies Networks declined to comment Friday afternoon, saying he wasn’t sure what he was allowed to divulge.
The company’s name does not appear in any recent City Council minutes. Its website advertises a range of services, including fiber-optic connections between cellular towers and connectivity for government facilities.