KwiKom adds fiber to its diet

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October 24, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Michael Peres uses a handheld sensor to ensure a drill is following the proper coordinates to install an underground fiber-optic cable along Northwestern Street in Iola. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

With equal parts precision and power, churning through nearly 200 feet of clay beneath sidewalks, driveways and the occasional tree root turned into a routine day at the office for Eric Vogel.

Vogel, of KwiKom Communications, was manning a Vermeer D10x15 horizontal directional drill, a key tool used for the company’s ongoing fiber-to-the-home project in Iola.

The 8,000-pound drill — the smaller of two used by KwiKom in Iola – gouged a nearly 2-inch-wide hole along a horizontal route, roughly 3 ½ feet below the surface. A remote, hand-held sensor followed along, ensuring the boring followed the curvature of Northwestern Street.

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