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Data Line Installation Could Attract Companies

Cross River seeks to install a data 'highway' that could offer economic boost; Hopatcong Council to vote on ordinance in June.

The Hopatcong Council introduced an ordinance Wednesday that if approved would allow a company to install a data-only fiber optic cable on existing poles along borough streets, part of a statewide information superhighway.

The installation has the potential to make the borough more attractive to companies that rely on high-speed data lines for their business.

The company, Cross River Fiber NJ, Inc. has approval of the state Board of Public Utilities to install the wiring as long as local approval is granted.

Cross River representative Fred Brody said that the company is installing “basically a highway” to which other companies can purchase the right to use. Essentially, he said, Cross River is running the cable from “Point A to Point B” and companies can purchase leases to use the cable.

He said the cable, called “dark fiber” is as thick as his forefinger and carries 64 separate lines. It is not designed to carry cable television or telephone service,  but is a data-only line. Potential uses, he said, are for hospitals, corporate offices, stock trading companies and larger government operations like county governments supplying emergency dispatch services, for example, that manage their own data systems.

Borough attorney John Ursin said several Sussex County towns have approved the installation, and that in Newton it has attracted the interest of private companies.

It is the type of installation that could be attractive to new companies that need high speed, high volume transmission lines, Ursin said. Having the cable pass through Hopatcong could make the borough more attractive to such companies, he said.

Mayor Sylvia Petillo said approval of the ordinance would only allow Cross River to operate in Hopatcong. The company would still need to negotiate separate agreements with the owners of the utility poles in the borough to which Cross River would attach its cable, such as the telephone companies, cable television companies, and electric power utilities.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on June 5.

Mr. Confidential May 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Its gonna take more then a data highway to make hopatcong look attractive to companies.
Michele Guttenberger May 21, 2013 at 05:45 AM
"It is not designed to carry cable television or telephone service, but is a data-only line. Potential uses, he said, are for hospitals, corporate offices, stock trading companies and larger government operations" "It is the type of installation that could be attractive to new companies that need high speed, high volume transmission lines, Ursin said. Having the cable pass through Hopatcong could make the borough more attractive to such companies, he said." Really? How about smoke signals. Maybe the town can find a vendor who wants to blow smoke up existing utility poles. Maybe smoke rings from utility poles will attract new business to Hopatcong too. With all the smoke blowing and inhaling going on from our town officials, the smoke signal thing might be a good choice.
Mikey May 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM
What will the extra lines do to restoration times and efforts when the next Sandy hits? We should all at least get free internet out of this.
John May 21, 2013 at 02:55 PM
You people complain about everything. Its a good thing.
STATE PARK May 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM
PAVE THE ROADS FIRST
Michele Guttenberger May 21, 2013 at 07:05 PM
John - I complain that this is another half baked, half a$$ deal that our Town is notorious for doing. Think the sewer project. Name me a successful program? Oh that's right the reassessment of our home property values. Did you like that last project? My home was devalued close to $100K. Did you hear of Verizon Fios? They supply fiber-optic voice, video and data lines? No chance of us ever getting it in Hopatcong if they lock down a contract deal with the Half A$$ fiber vendor. And our Town is noted for giving long contract deals that last 10 years. You think that Ursin is watching out for Hopatcong on this deal? He is a man noted for playing on both sides of a fence. Hudson Farms aka MMK Reinsurance (Bermuda) Ltd. got a lot of sweet deals that he helped to orchestrate and they weren't always a win-win for Hopatcong. Personally, I am always suspicious of anything he is promoting - Does it benefit the Town or a Special Interest group? You never really know until the deal is done. But, just looking at this deal it has all the signs of Hopatcong's Traditional Half Baked delivery. Incompetent people make bad business decisions. How tech savvy is any of our town officials that they should be making these kind of contract commitments? Don't have faith that they know what they're doing? Their history gives me cause to complain. Town planning is like playing with matches. It is a hazard sport with them that comes with a Taxpayer CPR situation down the road.
Anthony Liloia May 21, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I wonder who cable vision is paying off to keep fios out. If they're installing fiber optics at least give us a choice on cable service
james May 21, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Whine, whine ,whine...... Complain, complain , complain... Keep being a cheerleader. Stay on the sidelines instead of getting in the game and backing up your nonsense statements.
BeachBum May 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Can't you get the same service through Cabevision?
Michele Guttenberger May 21, 2013 at 11:00 PM
James stop talking about yourself that way - Mr Minion Man, Love Pumpkin
Michele Guttenberger May 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Cablevision does not do fiber-optic technology. We have a 10 year contract with them and Verizon is their stanch competitor. Verizon has state-of -the- art fiber- optic technology. That is why they are dealing with a 2 bit half-a$$ fiber-optic company to supply the fiber-optics for a data line only. They don't want to tick off the Big Suits at Cablevision that they made a deal with for a 10 year contract.
Michele Guttenberger May 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Anthony - very perceptive comment. WOW you get it! Unfortunately, it is the Hopatcong Half Wits and their Minions that have control. We have a Mayor who tried to remove books in Hopatcong schools that talked about evolution. What's the chance of us getting cutting edge technology in Hopatcong? Not a snowball's chance in hell. Read the bible that's Hopatcong's technology plan and stop by for the free creationist ice cream the BBCC will be handing out at the park this summer to get your kids interested in science.
Observer May 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Is "could" the operative word in this issue? If none of what this company provides will benefit residents, then what is the issue, of course not! Rape the land to install "an information highway?" Wait a minute, this seems like old technology! If I can ride in my vehicle listening to XM radio, why the heck can't can't they use the same available technology to send their super secret data without all this BS. Sounds like a scam to me! Who's on the take here!
john peters May 30, 2013 at 05:40 PM
This data line won't benefit anybody in the town. Ask the council how much money they are looking at from the data line company payoff . We won't see any benefits from it.
Michele Guttenberger May 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
When our town attorney is promoting a concept as a good thing then you really have to pay attention. History shows his endorsements were not advantageous to the taxpayer. He is someone who likes to play on both teams at the same time. What team shirt was he wearing that day underneath that suit and tie? Only a few know for sure. It is easier to believe that anything he endorses has little direct benefit to the people of the town but a nice direct benefit to someone else who isn't a Hopatcong taxpayer.
Michele Guttenberger August 06, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Franklin, NJ, August 9th, 2012- The Board of Directors at Sussex Bancorp & Sussex Bank, announced John Ursin as the newest addition to the Sussex Bancorp & Sussex Bank Boards on July 25th, 2012. Mr. Ursin, who has been a resident of Sussex County his entire life, represents public entities and businesses of all sizes in his law practice with the firm Courter, Kobert & Cohen, A Professional Corporation. Borough attorney John Ursin said several Sussex County towns have approved the installation, and that in Newton it has attracted the interest of private companies. It is the type of installation that could be attractive to new companies that need high speed, high volume transmission lines, Ursin said. Having the cable pass through Hopatcong could make the borough more attractive to such companies, he said.

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