New broadband line through Hermann is a high-speed project
By staff writer
Contractors have been busy the past two months, constructing cable lines through the Hermann area that will bring high-speed internet service to underserved rural areas.
The segment of new fiber optic construction in this area is a route coming in from the west from Linn, goes through Hermann and on to Washington.
The new fiber of this segment turns southwest at Washington and ends at Bem in southern Gasconade County.
It’s all part of the MoBroadbandNow initiative, which was announced a couple years ago by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Sho-Me Technologies of Marshfield, Mo., is building the network, which has received federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The reason the Linn to Hermann to Washington project ends at Bem is because Sho-Me’s existing network stops there. The route is Highway 89 from Linn to Highway J to Highway N to Highway 100 to Hermann. Then it follows Highway 100 from Hermann to Washington, turns southwest on Highway 50 to the Gasconade/Franklin county line. At that point, this project meets the electrical transmission line and heads south.
The orange conduit that is being buried along Route 100 is a 1 ½-inch inner-duct which the fiber cable will be blown or “jetted” into. This process uses compressed air to fill the conduit, and the fiber cable rides on the air and is pushed from splice point to splice point. The jetting has started and is progressing from Linn towards Hermann.
(Read Wednesday’s Advertiser-Courier for the complete story.)