Fiberside Chat: How Utility Companies Are Primed To Enter the Telecommunications Market


It may seem like major communication conglomerates like AT&T and Verizon have a stronghold on communication services, but municipal utility companies may already have the tools at hand to upset the consortium’s footing on fiber networks.

3-GIS explores the advantages and challenges facing utility companies breaking into telecommunications on this inaugural episode of Fiberside Chat

President of 3-GIS Dustin Sutton joins the podcast along with experienced utility workers Michale Measles, VP of Product Management, and Jimmy Hall, VP of Product and Engineering Services. The three dive right into detailing how existing utility companies and co-ops are prepared to expand their services beyond just electric, water or gas.

With energy conservation and efficiency pushing utility companies to evolve, the telecommunications market offers similar profits and revenue, explained Measles and Hall.

Expanding into this field may not be as far-fetched as some energy businesses may think. In fact, with established networks, experienced crews, developed administrations, existing infrastructure and pre-existing relationships, utility companies have many resources at hand to succeed in implementing a fiber connection.

Though the road to installing fiber networks is not easy, Sutton details the roadblocks, challenges and tools available to help companies make the transition. Sutton’s experience working with over 70 different international telecommunications companies’ fiber networks shines in this episode of Fiberside Chat.

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