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CFU Earns Internet Innovation Award

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Calix, a global broadband hardware and software company, recognized Cedar Falls Utilities at their annual conference in November. CFU was a recipient of the 2017 Calix Innovation Award.

CFU was recognized for innovation in testing new equipment and software. Earlier this year, Cedar Falls served as the site of Calix’s first 10 gigabit field test in the country.

Cedar Falls was chosen for the test because of the community’s all-fiber optic communications network and the capabilities of CFU’s network engineering staff.

During the 10 gigabit field test Calix equipment was set up at CFU’s control center to deliver the faster speeds. Calix engineers also installed an upgraded optical network terminal at a customer facility, the Mill Race coworking and collaboration space.

The test went as planned and 10 gigabit service was delivered to Mill Race on CFU’s network. CFU is continuing to evaluate and test the Calix equipment. A rollout of 10 gigabit service across Cedar Falls is expected in the next year.