They say there are three seasons in New England: winter, mud, and road construction. While those road crews slow your commute to make much needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure, our crews will be working on building broadband infrastructure – and not just in New England. OTELCO is also building fiber to the home in our southern service areas in rural Alabama and Missouri.
We’re bringing LightWave Fiber Internet connections of up to 150 Megabits per second to market in each of these areas, for the same prices Verizon customers pay for FiOS in Boston and New York. This effort is just one part of our commitment to bring the latest communications technology to rural communities – an effort that began with the telephone and telegraph in 1889.
A Sampling of our Fiber to the Home Projects this Year
Here is a selection of fiber to the home projects we are working on in 2017. It is not the complete list, which includes over $1 Million in capital spending. Some of the projects selected here are receiving ACAM support, one is the subject of a ConnectME application that is still pending, and two are funded entirely from OTELCO’s capital budget.
- Alton, ME – We’ve applied for a ConnectME grant to construct fiber serving 30 homes on a portion of the Bennoch Road in Alton, Maine. If the application fails, we’ll look for other ways to fund this project so it can be completed in 2017.
Arrow Rock, MO – Did you ever see the 1974 musical Huckeberry Finn? It was filmed in our service area in Arrow Rock, Missouri. In addition to the film, Arrow Rock is home to the famous Lyceum Theater, which draws actors from as far away as New York City. Construction began this month to build Lightwave fiber to the premise in 153 homes and businesses in Arrow Rock’s picturesque downtown village.
- Blackwater, MO – Arrow Rock’s neighbor, Blackwater, is also slated to get a 110 location build in its downtown village. This former cowboy town is host to the Mid-Missouri Independent Telephone Pioneers museum, which exhibits a collection of landline telephones, switchboards, and other historical memorabilia of bringing telephone service to rural communities.
Cornwall, VT – Construction has already begun on this 131 home fiber project near the Middlebury line in Cornwall, VT. We’ll be building Lightwave fiber Internet to houses on Seth Warren Highway, Cider Mill Road, and Ridge Road from the intersection of Route 30 and Ridge Road north to the end of our service area.
- Enfield, ME – While plans are still currently being finalized for this project, we do expect to begin construction of fiber to the home in our West Enfield service area this year as part of our commitment to connect 2000 homes in Central and Northern Maine under ACAM.
- Shoreham, VT – Before school starts for the 2017-2018 school year, we’ll build fiber to the premise on Main Street in Shoreham, extending from our office on Route 74 to the elementary school on School St. In addition to the School, this Lightwave build will pass the town offices, the library, and 38 homes and small businesses.
Keep Up to Date on OTELCO’s Fiber to The Home Construction
Building a totally new network will take a few years, but we are planning to have projects ongoing every year. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for regular updates from OTELCO using the form in the right sidebar. We’ll post information on additional fiber projects here as plans are finalized. In the meantime, check out our interactive Lightwave map to see if you are in the Lightwave Zone.