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Fiber optic internet network coming soon to downtown Eugene

Fiber optic internet construction coming in near future after launch party celebration. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - The two wires linking up represents the future of Downtown Eugene, more than 120 buildings with thousands of businesses will eventually have the capability of fiber optic internet.

A moment of celebration as Mayor Lucy Vinis and Eugene Water and Electric Board's General Manager Frank Lawson brings the two fiber optic wires together:

The event took place at the center of the city, known for its 90 year history of innovation.

"The Miner Building is an incubator of business, prosperity and success," Technology Association of Oregon Director, Matt Sayre said.

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But what does it mean for surrounding businesses to have this capability?

"To the extent of world class internet," Sayre said. "You become a great place for tech companies to come and grow, and when that happens, high paying jobs are created and we see a lot of economic prosperity."

One of those tech companies is XS Media, they were one of the first companies to distribute fiber optic internet to other tech companies in Lane County during the fiber optic pilot run last year.

"We are offering gigabit services and up to ten gigabit per second services," XS Media Network Analyst, Katie Kizer said.

How fast is that exactly? She said with that speed you can download a Blu-ray movie in 60 seconds.

The type of internet speed other tech companies need in order to function at a high level.

"Literally world class speeds, world as in China," Kizer said. "All the major technology based countries in the world, we are a player now and Eugene is on the map for that reason."

A type of speed that's rare to come across.

Experts said fiber optics will have businesses looking at Eugene to start operations.

An idea that gets Mayor Vinis excited.

"A lot of businesses are going to relocate here," Vinis said.

Not only is Mayor Vinis optimistic for the children's future in the industry, but a new time for the city as well.

"Connecting two eras right?" Vinis said. "Our past and our future all in one spot at this moment."


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