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Ocala City Council Agrees to a Temporary Moratorium for Accepting Future Requests for Residential Telecommunication Services

Post Date:05/17/2017 11:27 AM

OCALA, Fla. (May 17, 2017) – During the regular Ocala City Council meeting Tuesday, May 16, council members agreed to place a temporary moratorium on accepting orders for new residential telecommunication services.  This moratorium will go into effect immediately and does not affect residential or commercial orders already accepted and awaiting installation.  The City estimates that this temporary moratorium will be in place for approximately nine months.

“We are excited that the community recognizes the benefits of high speed Internet the City provides,” said Bill Kauffman, City of Ocala Assistant City Manager. “The consumer demand for our fiber services exceeds the current infrastructure in many residential areas. We will continue to serve and grow our current commercial customer base, while strategically designing and building out the residential infrastructure for future growth. The Telecommunications Department will work diligently to complete the design and installation services for the existing contracted residential customers currently awaiting connection.”

The City of Ocala established its telecommunications enterprise, Ocala Fiber Network, in 1997 with the purpose of maintaining critical reliability services for its electric utility while adapting and further expanding its high-speed communication infrastructure to meet the speed and data processing of our business and residential communities. Ocala Fiber Network currently provides services to approximately 1,000 customers including Internet bandwidth, Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) connections, dark fiber service, Network Operation Center (NOC) and E-rate services for schools and libraries. 

Media and the public will be notified when this temporary moratorium is officially lifted and orders for new residential installation of telecommunication services resume.  

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Telecommunications Department at 352-401-6900.