Hi all! Summer is once again upon us. We have been incredibly busy, but still have so much work to do. I thought it might be a good time to get everyone up to speed on what we are doing and where we are going. It’s all about rural broadband.
We have applied for three grants from the state. One for some Sheridan area expansion…one to build a fiber route from Swayzee to Summitville, and one from Point Isabel to the Greentown area. These are the only areas close to our current service area eligible in this first round.
We should know by the end of July if any of our projects are accepted. If you are interested in our progress for the grant just go to www.ocra.in.gov and press the ‘Learn More’ tab. You can check out the state’s eligibility map and even the summary of all the grant applications state wide. We are hoping this is just the first of many potential grant opportunities.
Grants notwithstanding we have a lot of projects we have already started or are about to start.
However, before I begin with individual town announcements I want to make the first overall announcement that we will be bumping our lowest speed package from 10Mbps down by 1.5Mbps up for $39.95 to 25 Mbps down by 3Mbps up for the same $39.95. This is for fiber subscribers only and no other pricing changes. I am not afraid to boast that we have THE most aggressive broadband pricing in the state.
Swayzee – Big news on the video side. Skitter is coming by mid summer. This will be huge…all digital, HD, and all the trimmings. The plan is to begin converting our current subscribers from our old coax system to Skitter in Swayzee by mid July and retire (turn off) the old coax system in Swayzee by year end.
Kirklin – Our fiber conversion is moving along. We only have a few dozen left to convert to the fiber and we will be shutting the coax system down by September.
Sheridan – The rain held us up like the farmers, but we hope we have seen a light at the end of the tunnel. We have some splicing and testing left to do; we should start converting current customers to fiber in late July or early August of 2019. We should be complete the entire town and be able to turn off the old cable system by the end of 2020. We are also keeping our fingers crossed to get the grant awarded to expand our fiber to the surrounding rural areas directly to the south of Sheridan.
Frankton– We have done a lot of work in Frankton and are hoping to install a new passive fiber system in Frankton that will enable us to provide FTTP by mid-year 2020.
Lapel – We will be upgrading our coax core router in the next month. This will help with some of the congestion issues we are experiencing in Lapel. This is just a band aid until we can begin our fiber construction. As of now, I can see us beginning our construction in Lapel in early 2020.
Summitville– Let’s cross those fingers for the state grant.
Frankfort – We have quite a few customers in Frankfort already. Since we are leasing fiber from the city our main focus has been on business. We are finalizing some plans that will allow us to combine the fibers and bring down our costs. This should let us do Frankfort on a project by project scenario. For example: If a company decides to build a 50 unit subdivision in Frankfort. We will be able to lease a minimal numbers of fiber from the city, put in an electronics cabinet in the new subdivision, and provide service to all 50 units.
We are also on the eve of launching a voice product in Frankfort.
Markle – We are waiting for some guidance from the community.
Yeoman – Our first construction project in Yeoman is ready to go live in two weeks. We will be passing about 300 homes near the east side of Lake Freeman and on the Carroll and White counties. Yeoman will also be delivering Skitter (cable TV) for the first time in the history of our company.
Again, we have so much happening, it can feel a little overwhelming. Please call our office at 765-922-HAWK if you have any questions or concerns about anything.
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