Broadband Communities

OCT 2015

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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10 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | OCTOBER 2015 Fiber to the Unit: Deer Ridge Apartments, Jamestown, N.D. This month, BroadBand Communities showcases Deer Ridge Apartments in Jamestown, N.D. This new apartment complex is one of the frst fber-to-the-unit deployments in the Upper Midwest – but others are sure to follow soon. Thanks to Rod Wolters of Dakota Central Telecom, Tom Warren of Clearfeld and Steven Paul of IRET Properties for their help in gathering the information for this profle. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities J amestown (aka "Te Bufalo City") is a thriving city in North Dakota with a diverse economic base – the kind of place people want to move to. IRET Properties, a midwestern real estate investment trust, had already built rental properties there, but rental vacancy rates were still below 2 percent. As Steven Paul, IRET's regional manager, says, "Tis showed the need for quality housing in that market," so IRET decided to build another multifamily property. Deer Ridge Apartments, which opened in fall 2015 with 163 units in three buildings, is now the largest apartment community in Jamestown. It's targeted to a broad range of middle- to upper-income residents – anyone from University of Jamestown students to empty nesters – and ofers such amenities as a heated underground garage, a game room and a ftness center. "Te entire project is the amenities," Paul says. "Tat's what has diferentiated us." Once the plans for Deer Ridge Apartments got underway, the opportunity for a new type of amenity presented itself. Jamestown is a CLEC community for Dakota Central Telecom (DCT), a telephone PROPERTY OF THE MONTH cooperative based in Carrington, N.D., about 40 miles from Jamestown. Over the last few years, DCT has been upgrading all its facilities, both in its home territory and its CLEC territory, and it is now 100 percent fber-based. Because DCT's service area is mostly rural, multiple-dwelling-unit (MDU) buildings are relatively rare. DCT does serve another Jamestown MDU with fber, but that building has copper cabling from the comm room to the individual apartments. As Deer Ridge was new construction, DCT saw it as a great opportunity to try out some new fber-to-the-home technology that it hadn't had a chance to use before. IRET saw a great new amenity for its residents – an amenity that no other service provider in Jamestown was ofering.

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