A rendering of the under-construction Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum.

Atchison’s airport is set to receive high-speed fiber-optic internet service that will also benefit residents located between the airport and Shannon Industrial Park.

According to a news release, the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation has arranged with Rainbow Communications of Everest to construct a buried fiber-optic cable running about four miles to the east along 286th Road to Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport. According to the foundation via the news release, the goal is to have “reliable and high speed internet” serving the completed Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum on or before Oct. 1.

According to the news release, the fiber-optic connection will provide reliable internet service speed of up to 1 gibabit-per-second, a gold standard within the telecommunication industry that allows downloads of digital movies within a matter of moments and of complex programs within minutes. Residences along 286th Road will be able to tap into the fiber optic connection for their own service, the news release said.

According to the news release, Rainbow Communications and the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation executed a memorandum of understanding on the project, clearing the way toward a July 1 start of construction. The foundation is to contribute $171,602 toward the construction.

“The Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation is delighted to partner with Rainbow Communications to supply high quality fiber and internet to our AE Hangar Museum,” said foundation President Karen Seaberg, as quoted in the news release. “The buried fiber will not only benefit the museum, but also the Airport and residents along 286th Road, bringing fiber that much closer to the city of Atchison.”

Jason Smith, Rainbow Communications CEO, said the benefits of fiber optic service to whomever can access it are “enormous.”

“Fast, reliable internet, economic development and community development, to name a few, come with the future proof technology of a Fiber Optic Network,” Smith said. “Rainbow Communications is excited about the opportunity to partner with the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation to provide this service.”

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