PETALUMA, CA – May 1, 2012 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced that an additional five communications service providers have selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to support approximately $35 million of fiber access Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States, of which only a portion of this value is access equipment. With today’s announcement, aggregate Calix vendor selections by Broadband Stimulus winners for “last mile” and “middle mile” awards have now reached 94 different projects representing over $1.8 billion in Stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.
One of these innovative service providers who is working towards expanding the reach of advanced broadband services over fiber is Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (CL Tel) of northern Iowa. CL Tel is continuing its commitment to delivering the most advanced broadband services to local residents, businesses, and anchor institutions over a new point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) network. With a $7.9 million BIP award, CL Tel is planning to deploy the Calix E7-20 Multi-Terabit Ethernet Services Platform (ESAP) to bring ultra high-speed data, voice, and IPTV services to previously unserved subscribers in the Clear Lake and Ventura area, as well as improve the service of existing subscribers.
“As the local service provider, our business is an essential part of the local economy of our rural community here in northern Iowa,” said Tom Lovell, general manager at CL Tel. “We have worked for years with the community government agencies and school district to ensure they had the broadband services needed to keep the area thriving. With this Broadband Stimulus funding, we can now further that commitment to the residents of the area, by bringing one of the nation’s most advanced fiber access networks the citizens of our region.”
Along with CL Tel, four other service providers have recently selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to support fiber access Broadband Stimulus projects across the Calix B6, C7, and E7 platforms, including the following service providers whose award values include plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment:
- Castle Cable TV – The $7.2 million BIP award, split evenly between a loan and a grant, will bring advanced broadband services over gigabit passive optical network (GPON) to several communities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties of New York.
- Monroe Telephone Company – With a $5.7 million BIP award, Monroe is providing high-speed data services to unserved areas of Lane and Benton counties in rural Oregon.
- Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone (SKSRT) – SKSRT will utilize an $8.5 million BIP award to deploy a new fiber access network, with supporting wireless infrastructure to provide broadband service in Pendleton and Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia.
- Warm Springs Telecommunications Company – A BIP award of $5.4 million will enable the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to build a hybrid fiber and fixed wireless telecommunications company to serve the 1000 square miles of the Warm Springs Reservation, in Oregon. This tribally owned company will bring landline telephone and Internet services to all residents, government agencies and businesses on the reservation. The fiber network will also connect a number of anchor institutions, including Tribal Administration, the public safety radio towers, Kah Nee Ta resort, and the new Indian Head Casino.
“The Broadband Stimulus program continues to act as a catalyst for the expansion of broadband throughout the country,” said John Colvin, Calix senior vice president of North America sales and marketing. “We are honored to be on the front lines of this national effort as our customers have broken ground, pulled fiber, and turned up advanced broadband services, in many cases for the first time, for businesses and residents all over the country. We are looking forward to furthering that commitment with this innovative group of customers as they begin their own Broadband Stimulus projects and bring new opportunity to their respective regions.”