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Shelby company to offer high-speed internet access to NC residents


RST Fiber, a Cleveland County-based company that develops and manages state-of-the-art fiber optic networks, recently announced that it has activated 3,100 miles of underground fiber network across North Carolina.

Company leaders tell WBTV high-speed internet will be available to customers in the next 30 to 45 days.

RST is the first privately owned company in the U.S. to introduce and activate a 100-gigabit backbone network employing carrier grade IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), a critical component for the "Internet of Everything."

RST's network offers up to 100-gigabit per second, symmetrical broadband service to businesses and homes in metropolitan and rural communities statewide, many that have little or no access to even basic broadband connections.

In addition to broadband, services will include uncompressed 4K television, HD video security/surveillance and smart grid connectivity/transport. Video and television services are expected to launch by the end of the second quarter of 2014.

"The network we have built is what Cisco CEO John Chambers describes as the ‘Internet of Everything,'" said Dan Limerick, co-founder of RST Fiber. "Our goal is to ensure that communities across the Tar Heel state and the upstate of South Carolina will have access to ultra-high-speed broadband and many other fiber-delivered services a network like this can provide, helping to level the economic and educational playing field for everyone."

RST's network is built on the Cisco® Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), which combines a variety of cutting edge infrastructure technologies including the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS 2000).

The Cisco EPN offers a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet along with countless other fiber-related services.

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