Archive for Thursday, October 2, 2003

Enhanced TV: Sunflower Broadband upgrades service

October 2, 2003

Sunflower Broadband, a Lawrence-based cable service provider, is currently in the process of upgrading facilities in Basehor and Leavenworth County.

Patrick Knorr, Sunflower Broadband general manager, said the improvements would allow the company to offer better service to its 500 area customers.

"We're aware that in the past, services for many of our customers have been less than adequate," Knorr said. "We are very pleased that soon we will be able to offer state of the art technology services as competitive as any in the country."

The upgrades include replacing the current cable with a higher quality cable as well as implementing fiber into the system and updating some of the electronics, Knorr said.

The overhaul will allow the company to offer twice as many channels as well as high-definition television and high-speed Internet service.

"It's actually faster than DSL," Knorr said. Digital Subscriber Line services are often offered by telephone companies.

By the end of next year, the company hopes to offer competitive telephone service as well.

The strategy for making the upgrades is to complete work at developments in rural Leavenworth County as well as the outskirts of Basehor.

The project is already under way on Parallel Road in Basehor and at the Cedar Lakes subdivision, just south of the city. From there, the project will shift to Prairie Gardens and Prairie Lakes, two new Basehor developments, slated for residential and commercial uses.

The company will continue to work toward the city's older homes and neighborhoods as the project moves along, Knorr said.

Sunflower Broadband has been the chief cable provider in Basehor for the past 2 1/2 years and in that time, prices have remained frozen.

Knorr said cable rates will increase $5 a month for the newer, refined product, but that overall prices would remain "significantly less than the national average."

Sunflower Broadband hopes to complete the upgrades sometime next year.

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