Final Stages of FTTH Expansion Project

Southeast Nebraska Communications recently began the final stages of the Fiber To The Home, or FTTH, expansion project that will serve rural customers in Richardson County.

“Upon completion, SNC’s service area will be one of, if not the biggest providers of 100 percent FTTH technology in the state,” said Ray Joy, SNC Vice President and General Manager. Joy also noted that Falls City would be the largest community in Nebraska that is 100 percent fiber optic.

In total, 517 miles of fiber will be used in the project and over 1,400 homes and businesses will be reached.

The first phase of the construction began last Monday in the Shubert area and will include plowing and laying fiber optic cable along county roadsides and to the homes. Telcom Construction of Clearwater, MN, and subcontractor Thomas Georges’ CCS, are doing the work.  The contractors will be working on 647 Avenue North of Shubert and continue North and East to Indian Cave State Park. They expect to place approximately 1 to 2 miles of fiber optic cable daily. Also, rural residents should expect county roads to be closed to thru traffic for approximately a two mile stretch each day.

The second phase of this project will be the splicing of the cable and drops that are installed for each customer. SNC is hoping the contractors will have these first two phases completed by this fall.

The third “cut-over” phase, which involves hooking up each home and/or business to the network, is set for completion in mid-to-late 2013.

SNC wants these customers to know that they can expect to see crews three different times: the drop phase, the splicing and finally during the cutover.

The end result will be a direct line to the network for each customer, as opposed to a shared line, which means faster Internet, streaming video and movie downloads.

The upgrade will result in no cost to any customer.  SNC customers will use the same phones, the same computers and the same electronics in their communications.

This rural expansion project is the final step in a project that began in the spring of 2009 with the company actively applying for assistance with the project. SNC received an $11 million loan from the USDA Rural Utilities Service, along with an $11.3 million grant and loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which helped build the fiber optic network and expand the system to rural areas.

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