Fiber-optic high-speed internet broadband is coming to Morgan County, with its first appearance in Croydon along Interstate 84 by spring.
All West Communications recently signed a contract with the Holcim cement plant, one of the county’s largest employers. The Morgan County Council gave unanimous approval Oct. 3 to grant the company a communication franchise.
“It will be our first foray in the county in high-speed broadband services over fiber,” said Jack Walkenhorst, All West Communications director of strategic partnerships. “We are to the cement plant for right now, but in 2018 or 2019, we can light up Morgan City. It is the plan to come to Morgan City, and branch out to the entire county eventually as soon as we can. Holcim has been a big hurdle.”
Fiber optic internet will be live this upcoming spring at the cement plant, with lines coming into Morgan from Summit County, Walkenhorst said.
He also said he envisions a front office for public interaction in Morgan, much like All West has done in other areas such as Coalville, Kamas, Rock Springs, Green River and Evanston. He also expects all lines in Morgan to be buried underground, providing up to 1 gigabit speeds for residential and 10 gigabit to businesses and schools.
“We have been interested in Morgan City and County for years now,” Walkenhorst said. “Things are finally coming together.”
Morgan County Councilman John Barber credited the All West deal to Holcim Plant Manager Michael Nixon, Morgan County Economic Development Director Steve Lyon, and Kelleigh Cole, director of the state’s broadband project with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
All West Communications got its start in 1912 when a group of farmers, ranchers and businessmen pioneered the Utah and Wyoming Independent Telephone Company, constructing a phone line from Evanston, Wyo., to Randolph, Utah. That one line through two states has expanded to a communication company offering phone, internet and television along the Wasatch Back and rural areas to the north.