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Northland customers in eastern Madera County to benefit from $50 million investment

Glass fibers make up fiber optic cable that carries Internet traffic. So much of that traffic in Boise and two other cities is carried by CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications that the Justice Department ordered the divestiture of Level 3 assets in the cities before the companies can merge.
Glass fibers make up fiber optic cable that carries Internet traffic. So much of that traffic in Boise and two other cities is carried by CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications that the Justice Department ordered the divestiture of Level 3 assets in the cities before the companies can merge. Provided by Alcatel Lucent via The New York Times

Northland Communications is investing $50 million into upgrades to their internet services nationwide, including their customers in eastern Madera County.

According to Northland, the equipment upgrades will mainly consist of 2,400 miles of line replacement across most of the communities the company serves. Such replacements will make Northland’s fastest internet plan of 100 mbps more accessible to more than 250,000 homes.

In eastern Madera County, Northland serves Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Bass Lake and Yosemite Lakes Park. And each community is in different stages of the upgrade process. The average download speed for Oakhurst Northland customers last year was 8.5 mbps, according to BroadbandNow’s Broadband Infrastructure report.

The project road map, available on Northland’s website, details the eight-week upgrade process each community undergoes.

Work begins with the installation of upgraded equipment, followed by two weeks of testing. After the first round of testing, Northland will then replace any sections of cable requiring replacement over two weeks. Lastly, the work will conclude with two more weeks of testing.

According to Northland, the majority of Oakhurst is still in the first phase of the project, while Bass Lake and Ahwahnee are in the first round of testing. Yosemite Lakes Park is a little further ahead, with most of the work either finished or on the final round of testing.

To receive periodical updates on the status of the work in a neighborhood, Northland provides a form its customers can fill out on its website.

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