Are We There Yet?
3:27PM April 04, 2019
There is tremendous interest in the status of Consolidated Fiber’s progress, and we hope the information in this week’s update will help address your questions and concerns.
The next time you pull out of your driveway to run an errand at the store, ask the kids in the backseat to count the number of utility poles along the way. You may be surprised to learn that our field engineers and construction crews must touch every single one of them before we can bring super-fast, reliable, and affordable broadband internet to your home.
Although we wish we could flip a switch and all electric members would immediately become fiber customers, financially and logistically this is an impossibility. It took the farmers in our rural area several years to fully install electric lines, and while it won’t take nearly as long to install fiber infrastructure, like those who founded the co-op more than 80 years ago, we’re pioneers. Consolidated is the first cooperative in the State of Ohio to bring fiber internet to its members, and this is a multi-year rollout that we anticipate will take three to four more years.
Here’s where we are today
Houseman Zone – 5 miles of fiber infrastructure is built, and we are 100% complete with connecting services to homes.
Ostrander North Zone – 33 miles of fiber infrastructure is built, and we are 80% complete with connecting services to homes.
Ostrander South Zone – 27 miles of fiber infrastructure is built, and we are 55% complete with connecting services to homes.
Olive Green Zone – 30 miles of fiber infrastructure is built, and we are 30% complete with connecting services to homes.
While we would like to tell you exactly where our engineers and work crews are going next, there is a delicate balance of dynamic factors such as logistics, financing, customer demand, and others that we must first weigh carefully. Announcing what’s next too early, when our ability to meet your expectations can change, can be frustrating for you and us.
As for the question, Are we there yet? No, not yet for many of you. But we’re moving as quickly as we can. In the meantime, remember the importance of all of those poles the next time you pull out of the driveway – they’re the infrastructure that helps us Light Up Your Life.