Horse Works in Terrain to Install High Speed Internet [PHOTOS]

 @ibtimes on June 28 2011 10:06 AM

A Belgian draft Horse named Fred has been hired to attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke, Vermont.

Fairpoint Communication hired Claude Desmarais and his horse Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain. The company is working on to bring high speed internet to all Vermont by 2013.

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America.

Its population according to the 2010 census, 630,337, is the second smallest in the country, larger only than Wyoming. 

The United States has over 67.7 million people subscribed to the top broadband providers, which account for 94% of the market.

In 2008, over 5.4 million high speed Internet subscribers were added, compared to 8.5 million in 2007 according to Leichtman Research Group Press Release that has been tracking the broadband industry. 

The market's peak subscriber additions were acquired in 2006 with 10.4 million; the slowed growth can be attributed to increased market penetration.

In March 2009, broadband penetration in active Internet user US homes dropped to 93.13%, it was the second consistent fall from its peak of 93.38% in January 2009.

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Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke

Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Claude Desmarais and his horse Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Claude Desmarais and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke

Claude Desmarais and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Desmarais and Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke

Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Claude Desmarais and his horse Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Claude Desmarais and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke

Claude Desmarais and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Desmarais and Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Desmarais leads his Belgian draft horse Fred into position to pull fiber optic cables from the roll on the back of a the truck onto utility poles in East Burke

Claude Desmarais leads his Belgian draft horse Fred into position to pull fiber optic cables from the roll on the back of a the truck onto utility poles in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Desmarais and Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Claude Desmarais and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke

Claude Desmarais (L) and his Belgian draft horse Fred pull fiber optic cables between utility poles in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Desmarais and Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Photo taken June 24. Reuters

Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke

Fred, a Belgian draft horse, waits as line crews attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke, Vermont June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Claude Desmarais and his horse Fred to pull fiber optic cable through difficult terrain in a effort to bring high speed internet to all of Vermont by 2013. Reuters

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