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Brand New Fiber Line Could Mean Faster Internet for Sussex

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MILFORD, Del. - Yet another major fiber line expansion is on the way in Sussex County. The newest project would bring high speed internet to areas that have long struggled with connectivity.

At Burris Logistics in Milford, Gov. Jack Markell announced a $1 Million grant to the New York-based company FiberTech. The contract would be for a 36-mile long fiber line connecting Lewes and Seaford.

This is the second phase of a project, initiated by the state, to bring better connectivity to the county. Phase One brought fiber lines from Middletown to Georgetown, which was completed in 2014.

"Having access to high speed broadband these days is a necessity," said Markell. "You know there's a lot of research that shows those who have access have a lot more opportunity than those who don't."

FiberTech would at first link up with public buildings like schools, libraries, and government buildings. Vice President Michael Hurley said that the hope is that other businesses and residences would eventually tap into the service.

"It won't happen over night," he said. "It will happen over a period of months and years for other people to come in and build businesses over the top of a network that gets put in place."

FiberTech estimates that the line could be up and running in six month.

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