At HTC, we never stop improving our technology or services for our customers. This year, our technicians have been busy expanding our fiberoptic high speed data facilities within each community we serve. By the end of 2020, over 20,000 strand miles of fiberoptic strands will be available throughout Monroe and St. Clair counties, in addition to more than 60 miles of fiber-based facilities that are currently being leased.
By continuing to invest and focus on expanding our fiber and high-speed network, we will continue to meet and even exceed federal communications commission requirements for rural local exchange carriers. The expansion will allow for Internet speeds of up to 50 Mbps in around 80% of our operating territory, and speeds of 1,000 Mbps achievable in select areas. A higher number of Mbps will allow five users or more to stream movies, play online games, and download very large files without interruption.
HTC is committed to deploying fiber and high-speed Internet facilities throughout our entire network, including the rural areas we serve. We want customers to know that no matter how many users you have in your home or business, how many devices you use, or where you live in our community, we have the Internet plan to meet your needs. To find out how you can take advantage of our expanded fiber network, give us a call at (618) 939-6112.