September 2022 Construction Update
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We have run into delays in some of our construction zones. Part of the process involves attaching our fiber lines to poles owned by other companies, which requires special permits. Permit approval has taken longer than expected. However, rest assured that we are working as hard and as fast as we can to get construction complete and customers installed. We’ll continue to update you monthly on progress.
Have you paid your connection fee and are waiting for your installation? The update below shows when you can expect a call from us to schedule your appointment. We know waiting is hard, and we appreciate your patience. Please make sure you check your voicemails in case you miss a call from us.
Here's the latest on where we are with construction for 2022:
- Brady and 24th Street in Vicksburg, Davis Lake in Edwardsburg, Painter School Rd in Eau Claire, Palisades Area, Sherman Township Extension in Sturgis, Sturgis Area, and Vandalia: Construction is complete, and home installs are happening in these areas.
- Clayton, Eagle Lake in Decatur, Kaiser Lake in Three Rivers, Loch Erin, South Decatur, and Tipton: Permits are pending in these areas, but construction and installs are still on track to begin in Q4 of this year.
- Eau Claire, Featherstone in White Pigeon, Mendon, Mottville, Nottawa in Centreville, and Tecumseh: Mainline construction is well underway, and some early sign-ups are being installed. Due to the size of these zones, more installations can be anticipated in Q4 of this year.
- Sister Lakes in Dowagiac and Seneca in Hudson: Mainline construction has started. We hope to see in-home installations starting in Q4.
- Oronoko in Berrien Springs: Walkout work is complete, and permits are pending. Mainline construction is still on track to begin by Q4 of 2022. Home installs should begin in Q1 of 2023.
- Bainbridge in Benton Harbor, Deer Pointe Subdivision in Tecumseh, and Woodstock in Onsted: Permits are pending, and we are hopeful to start mainline construction soon. Installations are anticipated to begin in Q4 of this year.
- Bangor, Arlington and Geneva in Bangor, Brooklyn in Cement City, East and South Hartford, Hagar Shore in Benton Harbor, Leroy and Newton in Battle Creek, Manchester, Napoleon, Norvell in Napoleon, Paw Paw Lake in Watervliet, and Wakeshma in Athens: We will start construction in these zones sometime in 2023. We have not determined our construction plans yet.
FYI: Like with all construction projects, dates are subject to change. We send updates every month to keep you informed on progress. Once construction is complete in an area, it can take 6-12 weeks for installation depending on our current installation schedule.
Key Terms in the Fiber Construction Process
Walkout Work: Involves surveying the area to decide how to lay fiber lines.
Mainline Construction: The mainline represents the backbone of our fiber infrastructure and carries fiber out into our communities.
Mainline Splicing: Connects the fiber cables together along this backbone.
Drop Construction (or Service Drop): We bring the fiber from the mainline to your property/home and install a network interface device (NID) on your property near the electric meter.
Drop Splice: We connect the mainline fiber to the service drop and the fiber cables inside the NID. This is the last step before home installation.
For more information about the fiber construction process, please review this short video: