Friday, September 3, 2010

Frontier Communications Bringing Service To Sun Prairie Area (

Photo: Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter and Mayor Joe Chase at the Sun Prairie office of Frontier Communications.

Frontier Communications has set up an office in Sun Prairie to begin offering broadband to rural communities looking for a faster Internet connection.

For some living in rural communities, dial-up Internet service is the only option.

The Sun Prairie library's 40 computers allow people free Internet access. Librarian Debbie Bird said that two years ago, users logged less than 50,000 sessions. But Bird said the library has seen an increase in demand.

"We had almost 79,000 sessions, that's either on the computers or on Wi-Fi. This is a free opportunity to use a computer; all you need is a library card," Bird said. "A lot of people still don't have Internet in their homes."

The library services several rural communities, but it isn't the only one taking notice of an increased demand for Internet access, WISC-TV reported.

"Many customers that don't have access to broadband absolutely want it. We hear from them all the time," said Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Communications.

In July, Frontier Communications took over service in several areas previously owned by Verizon. Wilderotter said the company is excited to offer broadband Internet access to communities around the state, including Sun Prairie.

"One of our priorities here in Wisconsin is to expand broadband very rapidly, and our goal is to get to 85 percent of all consumer households in the next two to three years," Wilderotter said.

Frontier Communications said it will begin offering service to rural communities in central Wisconsin beginning in October. It said it is planning to expand to the rest of the state over the next few years.


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