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Gigabit Cities

Postcards From the Gigabit Village

The village of Sebewaing, Mich. is the latest -- and perhaps most unlikely to date -- community to join the Gigabit Cities ecosystem.

But thanks to a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network built by the municipally owned utility, Sebewaing Light and Water , the some 1,800 residents of a town near the tip of Michigan's thumb -- known as the sugar beet capital and home of the Michigan Sugar Festival -- now have access to gigabit services. (See Sugar Beet Town Gets a Sweet Gig.)

Click on the image below to take a tour of Sebewaing, Michigan's (and maybe the country's) first Gigabit Village:

Home of the Gigabeet
The Michigan Sugar factory in Sebewaing was built in 1902 and is the company's only continuously operating facility. The factory processes 925,000 tons of sugar beets and produces 260 million pounds of sugar annually.
The Michigan Sugar factory in Sebewaing was built in 1902 and is the company's only continuously operating facility. The factory processes 925,000 tons of sugar beets and produces 260 million pounds of sugar annually.


For the latest on urban network innovation, visit Light Reading's dedicated Gigabit Cities content channel. And watch for forthcoming details on Light Reading's Gigabit Cities Live event, to be held in May 2015 in Atlanta.


— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, Light Reading

Dubai-Pro 3/7/2016 | 6:36:07 AM
Internet Having broad band Internet can be beneficial for a city, it helps connectivity and also appreciates the <a href="https://www.astonpearlre.com/">value of real estate</a>.
jabailo 1/11/2015 | 12:27:36 PM
Re: Fiber for Beets Town Checked out Sebewaing on Zillow.  

I can get a huge 2-bedroom house there for $69,000, Sebewaing Real Estate

I might relocate!
danielcawrey 1/9/2015 | 6:22:20 PM
Re: Fiber for Beets Town Very cool. I'm sure that there isn't much industry there, so having superfast internet is helpful for people who want to work from home or have a technology-based job. 

Here's hoping that more towns adopt this type of stance towards broadband. 
litewate 1/9/2015 | 3:12:34 PM
Fiber for Beets Town Sweet!
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