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SDN to install new fiber-optic line; city OKs expanded coffee shop seating

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 3:48 pm

The city commissioners approved a right-of-way request submitted by SDN Communications that will allow the company to install a new fiber-optic line in northwest Madison and help create a small-cell network for Verizon.

The Madison City Commission on Monday reviewed a request from SDN Communications of Sioux Falls to install an underground fiber-optic cable along N. 9th St. from Highland Ave. to the east-entrance driveway at Madison Elementary School. At the elementary school, the new cable -- which will cover about a half-mile -- will connect to an existing fiber-optic line.

Chad Comes, city engineer, told the commissioners that the work should start when the ground dries.

"I would say within the next couple of weeks or a month," Comes said.

The new fiber-optic cable will help Verizon develop a small-cell network in Madison and other parts of the country that the communications company describes as "...a critical piece of Verizon's network plan." The small-cell networks will help the company improve its 4G LTE (fourth-generation long-term evolution) coverage for cell phones. The new networks will increase capacity where usage demands are highest, such as downtown areas, shopping centers and college campuses, for future 5G networks.

According to Verizon, the small-cell networks will provide data-transfer rates 30 to 50 times faster than 4G. Small-cell technology will transmit signals over a millimeter wave spectrum and send massive amounts of data at high speeds.

Workers will install the new cable using a directional bore. Some of the special conditions for installing the new fiber-optic cable include:

-- Not installing lines lengthwise over any existing municipal water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer or electrical lines or closer that 18 inches to such lines.

-- Permanently marking all junction boxes, hand holes and other similar hardware as SDN property.

-- Installing junction boxes, hand holes and other similar hardware within 5 feet of the back of the street curb.

Sundog Coffee

The commissioners approved a right-of-way request submitted by Sundog Coffee that will expand the coffee shop's outdoor seating for customers.

Commissioners gave permission to Sundog Coffee owners to install a bump-out -- a curb extension for a temporary platform -- that will allow the downtown coffee shop to offer more outdoor seating. The coffee shop is located at the corner of Egan Ave. and Center St.

The 8x20-foot platform will extend into Egan Ave. in front of the coffee shop, running from the street crosswalk to 20 feet toward the south. The proposed platform will shorten one parking spot in front of the shop.

The platform was described as having 4-foot-high railings, 12 lighted post caps, reflective paint on corners, and observation from a security camera.

Sundog Coffee operators want to provide additional outdoor seating from three tables that could serve six to 12 persons. They would construct the platform in five sections that workers would remove each fall and store during winter months. The temporary platform is intended to stay in place from May through October.

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