Trenchless Technology

JAN 2019

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bringing high- speed fiber to the North Fork Valley. The local Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) created the company, Elevate Fiber in June 2016 and set an ambitious goal of bringing fi- ber to valley residents. Lightworks Fiber is handling the bulk of the installation work using its fleet of drills. Neal said it's some of the most important work they are doing as a company. "Mine closures had a huge impact on the small towns in the area," Neal ex- plained. "From the people that worked at the mines to the other small busi- nesses and companies that helped sup- port mining operations, everyone was affected. While we've been fortunate enough to bring jobs to some of those individuals, high- speed internet is cre- ating even more opportunities. For the first time in years, our communities are growing. People from the metro area have more flexibility about where they want to live, and they are choosing the valley. We're proud to be a part of it all." The DMEA fiber project is expected to continue for a few more years, and Lightworks Fiber has several other proj- ects happening thanks to Neal's indus- try connections. With a customer list that includes companies like the Zayo Group, Facebook, DMEA and Shell, Eric and Teresa Neal hope to continue to create employment opportunities for their friends and neighbors. Kayla Breja is senior product marketing specialist-utility and productivity tools at Vermeer Corp. W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 53 The massive undertaking of delivering high-speed internet around the country is about more than giving people faster access to information. In rural America, it's about creat- ing viable employment options in small communities and helping their citizens prosper.

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