Minn.-based Home Communications Inc. (HCI) is a telecommunications trailblazer in Kansas, so when HCI recently launched a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project — partially?financed with broadband stimulus funding under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — the company knew it needed a reliable fiber management partner.

To accomplish this, Clearfield Inc., which has worked with HCI on previous projects, now will assist in managing the more than 600 miles of fiber to be deployed to all of HCI’s exchanges throughout nine cities, ultimately some 1,800 homes. Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Distribution System (FxDS) panels will be used in HCI’s central office with strategically placed Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) PON cabinets equipped with Clearfield optical component splitting technology in the field.??HCI CTO Richard Baldwin cites several criteria for selecting Clearfield’s products,?including ease of access, customer turn-up efficiency, cost-effectiveness and overall cleanliness of deployment.

"When you look at fiber panels with no fiber jumpers, initially it’s hard to determine?which product is better," he says. "After you run the fiber jumpers, it doesn’t take long to determine where manufacturing flaws exist. The fiber-management design in the FieldSmart cabinet is far superior to others. Fiber jumpers stay organized and easy to manage from the first jumper to the last."??

Clearfield President and CEO Cheri Beranek adds, "HCI has a 75-year history of telecommunications leadership in Kansas. They have been a great customer of Clearfield’s for years and we’re proud to be their partner in this major fiber initiative." HCI’s Baldwin says the FTTH deployment is critical to provide area businesses and residents with the latest telecommunication advancements, including high-speed Internet and IPTV with high-definition channels.?

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