Minburn Communications is entering Perry’s competitive high-speed internet market

Phase One of Minburn Communications’ five-year plan to bring broadband fiber-optic connectivity to every business and residence in Perry reached the downtown last week as workers laid the high-speed cable along First Street near City Hall.

The company previously purchased a building on Willis Ave. south of the Perry Police Department that will serve as a central office. According to Debra Lucht, general manager of Minburn Communications, the million-dollar fiber-optic project will eventually encircle Perry in a "self-healing ring" or "redundant backbone" of cable virtually impossible to break or disrupt.

The cable runs north on Highway 169 from the Minburn central office to Highway 141 and then west to the Perry central office. A second branch, now nearing completion, runs west from Minburn to county road P58 and then north into Perry. The network also connects with Minburn Communications’ central office in Woodward.

The Perry project has meant a "substantial investment," Lucht said, and a risky one as well because it is not certain that Perry residents and businesses will buy the high-speed service. Minburn Communications enters a competitive market in Perry, which is already served by industry heavyweights Mediacom and Century Link.

One strong selling point for Minburn Communications, according to Lucht, is the company’s full fiber-to-home system, which will bring the high-speed optical cable right to the wall of a Perry home or business. Their main competitors in the Perry market also offer fiber-optic connectivity, but the last links in their network—from the pole to the wall—are often coaxial cable or even copper wire.

Lucht will meet for coffee with the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the Chamber offices at 1102 Willis Ave. Anyone interested in the growth and development of Perry’s telecommunications infrastructure is encouraged to attend.