If you live in Frisco or the surrounding area, you’re probably already aware of the ongoing trouble that the area has been having with internet connectivity lately. This week, Frisco residents expressed their frustrations with this ongoing problem on Reddit, after school districts all across North Texas, reported internet connectivity issues in the last month. In August, nine school districts reported spotty network problems. Those districts were; Allen, Richardson, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Midlothian, Ennis, Crandall, Lovejoy, Midlothian, and Frisco.
According to several tweets posted to official district accounts, the internet issues appeared to have been related to a problem with an outside vendor. Allen ISD tweeted the issue may stem from a severed fiber-optic line serving a region from Lewisville to McKinney.
Now, the problem seems to have spread beyond the virtual classroom.
“We’ve been down two consecutive Fridays at 11-11:30 am. Last time the outage was 12 hours. This time, a few minutes. Villages of Stonelake Estates, Custer, and Eldorado.”
Said one Frisco Redditor
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve unplugged and replugged the modem. I had set up a tech to come out this morning, but then the rep said the tech will be put on hold with the outage still present.” Said another flustered resident. “Bleh.” He concluded in his post.
All of this after the ambitious “Frisco Station” was announced two years ago. In case you haven’t heard, an excerpt from the Dallas news reads:
…The $1.5 billion master-planned community will be one of the first in the country that’s built from the ground up with infrastructure for 5G. The next-generation mobile network will help support the insatiable demand for video streaming, growing number of connected devices from digital assistants to refrigerators, and the emergence of new technologies, including autonomous cars and trucks.
Frisco Station is on Dallas North Tollway and surrounds The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters and practice facility. The 242-acre project is being built by developers VanTrust and Hillwood and landowner Rudman Partnership. It will include office space, apartment buildings, hotels and retail, restaurant and entertainment space.
The infrastructure, which uses dense fiber and small cells, will help make the developers’ vision for Frisco Station possible. Along with apartments and hotels, the site will include a 30-acre park with public Wi-Fi. Nearby, developer Hillwood and tech giant Uber plan to build a transit station where people can board an urban air taxi that shuttles them through the skies. And in the future, self-driving cars may roll around the development to pick up and drop off people. Silicon Valley-based Drive.ai is already testing its autonomous vehicles by driving around employees of Hall Park, a neighboring office campus.
You can read the full article here.
The planned 5G community has a seven-to-ten year completion window, but with online schooling in full swing and more and more residents working from home, Frisco residents can’t help but voice their frustration over current network infrastructure woes.