BRAZORIA — This small town is well on its way to having one of the fastest internet connections in Brazoria County.
Btel, the telecommunications provider that serves a large portion of the county’s West of the Brazos area, announced March 8 it plans to connect 2,900 Brazoria homes to a fiber optic network by Dec. 31.
Given that about 3,000 people live in Brazoria, the network expansion gives almost every city resident a chance to have one of the fastest internet connections in the country.
Btel is running the fiber through pipes that carry its existing copper wires, and unlike many other telecommunications companies, the company will install a dedicated fiber strand to each household that opts into the expansion, said project leader Randy Hall.
The new network infrastructure will give residents a chance to have gigabyte-speed internet connections, which would be 50 times faster than the existing 20-megabyte per second copper wire connections, Hall said.
The upgrade “will take communications to our customers in Brazoria to 30 years ahead,” Hall said. “It’s the type of infrastructure that people in Houston wish they had, and we’re going to take it to Brazoria.”
The company began preparing for the expansion in January when it checked the equipment it already has in the ground, Hall said.
“I’ve been in this business for 40 years, and we are doing it and doing it right,” he said.
According to a Btel news release, the new network will improve home values and “spur economic development in rural America by attracting businesses and industries who rely on reliable, fast internet connectivity.”
Btel, formerly known as the Brazoria Telephone Co., has been operating in the city for 72 years.
“This announcement means a great deal to myself and our staff who are very dedicated to providing Southern Brazoria County with the most technologically advanced and incredibly fast internet connection that exists in our industry today,” Btel President Charlie Greenberg said in the news release.