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By on April 18, 2014

Village Board discusses potential fiber optic grant
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed an application for a grant to fund a fiber optic project.

The competitive grant would allow the village to implement fiber optics from Kaneland Harter Middle School to John Shields Elementary School and also to Sugar Grove Village Hall, Fire District and the Public Library.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger explained the possibilities and details concerning the grant.

“It looks like this is a joint project,” Eichelberger said. “This project would have an extensive cost, but if we got the grant, it would make it affordable for us all.”

Kaneland School District hasn’t 100 percent signed off on this idea, but it is for the project, according to Eichelberger. The main base project would concern the connecting of fiber optics to John Shields Elementary.

There is currently a main fiber optic strand that runs on I-88 and Route 47, and Harter Middle School connects to that line via Waubonsee Community College. If the project were to be finalized and the grant received, a small fiber optic line would also run from the middle school and travel down Esker Drive, Municipal Drive and then Route 30 to connect to Village Hall.

According to Eichelberger, the project would potentially lay down 96 fiber optic strands and create a limitless bandwidth, according to Eichelberger.

Village President Sean Michels noted that it would be possible for village businesses to connect to the dark fiber.

“The first step would be applying for the grant,” Eichelberger said. “We think it has a good shot.”