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In June 2015, Platte River completed an 18-month long project to connect Headquarters, the Laporte Substation, and Rawhide Energy Station through fiber optic cables, enhancing communication capabilities to Rawhide. The project planning phase began in January 2014, which included procurement of materials and engineering work. Construction occurred from February to June 2015.

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By replacing the existing shield wire on the transmission lines between Headquarters and Rawhide with optical ground wire, Platte River significantly increased the bandwidth capacity of its communication capabilities. The transfer to fiber optics reduces cost and increases reliability. The new system is also more secure than the old microwave communication framework, and is the next step towards 100 percent fiber optic communications. The fiber optic project illustrates Platte River’s commitment to innovation, efficiency, communication excellence, and security.