Franklin County is moving forward with a project to connect its buildings to a fiber optic network. Franklin County Jail and the 911 dispatch center are to be connected to the network later this year, or within the first quarter of 2015, according to county Administrator John Hart. The fiber optic network improves connectivity and replaces an aging microwave wireless network. Other county facilities have been connected. Fiber optic cable must be run from the county's servers in downtown Chambersburg to the jail and 911 center a few miles north of town. Hart said it is a "loop system," meaning there will be two lines to ensure communication if one line becomes severed. The county has to negotiate an agreement with West Penn Power for the use of poles to hang the cable. An engineer has identified which poles are needed for the project. On Tuesday, commissioners reviewed a proposal to pay a $1,000 administrative fee for West Penn to examine the engineer's report. Commissioner David Keller said this will establish a basis for a recurring annual contract with West Penn.
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