Fiberoptic services will soon be available in county

A drop crew from Engbarth Directional works along Highway 14 in Lake Preston on June 11 to bury fiberoptic cable lines for Valley FiberCom, a company that is bringing new cable, internet and phone services to communities in Kingsbury County.
A drop crew from Engbarth Directional works along Highway 14 in Lake Preston on June 11 to bury fiberoptic cable lines for Valley FiberCom, a company that is bringing new cable, internet and phone services to communities in Kingsbury County.
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While there is still a lot to do, construction is underway in both Lake Preston and De Smet for future Valley Fibercom customers. The company, which is headquartered in Herreid, S.D., provides internet, television and phone services via a fiber network.

In Lake Preston, crews are wrapping up the main lines and are now putting lines to houses where customers have signed up. In De Smet, drop crews have been working in the alleys in the first phase area and will then begin putting lines to customers’ houses. Once the lines are buried, they will still need to be spliced.

The project is running ahead of schedule, but it will still be a while before Lake Preston and De Smet homes and businesses are hooked up. De Smet and Arlington schools already have cameras in their gymnasiums, and Lake Preston School is in the process of acquiring one. The schools will work with Valley Fibercom to broadcast sporting events and other school activities to the local stations. The schools will also have monitors in the lobbies, so fans can watch events from the concession area.

Valley Fibercom has a business office at 209 Calumet Avenue in De Smet.

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