Monticello City Council gets in-depth FiberNet update

FiberNet Monticello General Manager Mark Pultusker shows the recently created lab in the city’s headend building that’s being used to bench test how long it will take to move FiberNet customers to a new system.       	         (Photo by Tim Hennagir)

FiberNet Monticello General Manager Mark Pultusker shows the recently created lab in the city’s headend building that’s being used to bench test how long it will take to move FiberNet customers to a new system. (Photo by Tim Hennagir)

Monticello City Council members received an in-depth update of FiberNet Monticello operational initiatives during an hour-and-a-half special meeting Monday night.

General Manager Mark Pultusker reviewed an upcoming system upgrade and launch plans for FiberNet 2.0.

“This past year, Mark did much more than system management work. He actually undertook and accomplished significant system design work,” said City Administrator Jeff O’Neill, adding through Pultusker’s re-design efforts, the city has reshaped FiberNet Monticello’s equipment, services and operations to meet future needs.

“We’ll be moving people one at a time to the new system, and be notifying them of the upgrade next Tuesday or Wednesday,” Pultusker told Councilmember Briain Stumpf, who served as acting mayor, and Councilmembers Tom Perrault and Lloyd Hilgart.

Mayor Clint Herbst and Councilmember Glen Posusta were not able to attend Monday night’s meeting.

“We’ve created a lab in our headend building to test how long it will take to move from the old to the new system,” he said.
“We think the outage time will last from 3 minutes to 5 minutes per customers. Next week, we’ll know what the exact time is and contact customers.”

Pultusker said FiberNet 2.0 represents an  above-ground overhaul.

“FiberNet is four years old. In this industry, four years is a very, very long time,” he said. Later this month, Pultusker said he will demonstrate FiberNet’s ability to provide ultra-high-speed Internet service of up to one gigabyte a second.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.

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