Owosso becoming “gig city” with new fiber technology
The introduction of high-speed fiber infrastructure in Owosso that allows for speeds up to 1000M – or 1G (one “gigabit”)—means Owosso is moving toward becoming a “gig city,” putting a small town with a population of only about 15,000 on par with numerous other large cities around the country and increasing property values, attracting new businesses and adding one more incentive to keep younger entrepreneurs and workers in town.
DayStarr Communications started building a fiber optic network in Owosso on its own – unlike most other gig networks – more than three years ago. Construction continues on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, with hopes of having the entire city finished within another two to three years. More than 2,000 homes already have access. Because of the cost of building fiber, it is unusual for companies the size of DayStarr to tackle this kind of project without loans, federal grants, etc., according to DayStarr President Collin Rose.