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05/30/2001 - Wiring Workers Wield World-beating Wideband

Smart buildings. Smart offices. Smart houses. Smart apartments. If a city can be judged by the intelligent connectivity of its real estate, Spokane is very smart indeed. Advanced Communications Networks, Inc. is responsible for some of the most advanced communications networks in the greater Spokane area. Advanced Communications Networks (ACN), 715 E. Sprague, designs, sells, and installs the infrastructure for data and telecommunications delivery. They pull and lay fiber when needed and can install both inside and outside of the building. Their forte is wiring the actual building from the demarc to the desktop, says Chris Duffy, ACN Vice President. They can do leading edge plug-and-go architecture.

Much of today’s communications networks is so new, many architecture and mechanical engineering firms aren’t knowledgeable about the advances in and capabilities of communications systems, says Duffy. To get the most out of a business communications system from dial tone, to intranet, to IP, consultation with a firm such as Advanced Communications Networks (ACN) is essential. Most important is to design the entire system and include it in the plans and drawings from the very beginning of a new building or a remodel. A complete plan dealing with all aspects of communications can save time, energy, and money for a business needing a system upgrade.

The cost of fiber depends on the complexity of the job, but ACN's average cost is $9.85 to $10.20 per foot of 24-36 strand cable using an aerial hang. They can install a gigabit network interface card (GNIC) for under $200 per desktop.

One of the newest and most electronically advanced buildings in Spokane is the new KHQ-TV building on west 1st. Wired by ACN, KHQ has four strands of fiber to every desktop. Planning ahead, there are four strands of fiber to desktops that are not even inhabited yet. There are three Cat 6’s and all the patch panels, switches, routers, and network interface cards (NIC) needed to make it all work correctly.

As proud as ACN is of their work at KHQ, they are prouder of their work on School District 81’s EMAN. ACN wired all of the district’s schools-forty-four campuses with more than 26,000 different connections-and they can boast a less than 1/2 percent failure rate. “The Spokane EMAN is the best in the world,” avers Duffy. ACN is currently wiring Lewis and Clark High School.

At home, do you want to watch a video-on-demand while chatting with an associate using “click through” on your laptop, while your teenager does research from the Library of Congress for a term paper and your ten-year-old plays an on-line game with the friend across town? Do you want this even though you aren’t a network engineer? ACN can install it for you. They have wired smart homes in the Westwood Hills development near Garden Springs in west Spokane. The home technology is advanced, easy to use, affordable, reliable, and built for the life of the home. - Billie Moreland

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