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Beresford phone and internet lines are getting a significant upgrade.

The Beresford Municipal Telephone Company said Tuesday it will spend about $5 million to replace approximately 70 miles of copper wiring with fiber optic lines. 

Construction is expected to begin this fall and take about a year to complete.

“This is really a game changer for us,” said Mayor Nathan Anderson said, in a news release. “Fiber is really going to help us to recruit and retain people to come, live, work, play and spend in Beresford. It’s potentially going to open new opportunities not just for residents, but also for businesses.”

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Todd Hansen, general manager of BMTC, said the community has simply outgrown the level of service that its good but outdated network can provide.

“Our copper infrastructure has supported our many services over the years, but fiber optic cable improves speed, provides stability and will increase bandwidth,” he said. “Fiber will also give us the ability to support future technologies.”

The fiber-to-the-premise project will provide residential as well as business customers access to internet speeds of up to gigabit speeds.

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