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Socket is expanding its fiber network through Jefferson City by adding around 10 miles of fiber.

Currently, the company has around 44 miles of fiber in the area and construction has begun to add the additional 10 miles.

The expansion will allow Socket to pass 1,525 businesses. Currently, the fibers pass 1,248 businesses.

Passing a business means the fibers will run underground in front of or near the businesses, which will make adding service easier if people want it, President Carson Coffman said.

Because the lines will already be there, adding new services will be quicker and less expensive than needing to extend lines to specific businesses.

In other areas, Socket provides residential services for internet as well as TV and phone. In Jefferson City, it currently only offers business services but is looking into spreading into the residential market.

Coffman said they are gathering interest in residential neighborhoods through the "fiberhood" tool on the Socket website in order to let customers dictate where their services go.

So far, one neighborhood, Meadows by the Club, has shown enough interest to start taking pre-orders. The signup deadline listed on its website for the neighborhood is Sept. 30.

Coffman said they started construction in the last 60 days and hope to be finished by early fall. They were able to avoid any outages or major delays due to the flooding and storms because the fibers are underground.

In the future, Coffman said they hope to continue growing residential services and add more businesses in Jefferson City.

"We'll continue to build in Jeff City for years to come," Coffman said. "Long term, our intention is to have high-speed fiber in front of every business and every consumer in the market."

Know of any business happenings around Jefferson City? Let us know at bizbeat@newstribune.com.

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