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July 2018
Construction Finishing Up

Construction Finishing Up

The construction phase is nearly complete for both the town and rural parts of New Albin's fiber build. The final phase, installation, will likely begin in August. During this process, an AcenTek technician will visit all customers' property to convert services from copper to the new fiber optic network.
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Boring is Complete

Boring is Complete

With the wet weather we’ve had, it’s amazing that our contractor, Central Cable, has only had one rain day so far. Boring, the horizontal drilling process that our contractor uses to put the fiber in the ground, is now complete. Most recently the crews have been working in the rural areas of New Albin, completing all of the main line.  There are about 60 drops (fiber connections to the home) left to do to in the rural areas. Only a handful of drops to homes remain to be done within the city li...
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Nearly 3 Weeks Ahead of Schedule

Nearly 3 Weeks Ahead of Schedule

Despite the wet weather, the contractor hired by AcenTek for the fiber build (Central Cable) has only had one rain day. This explains why they are nearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule with the construction. With only a handful of properties left to address in town and less than 60 left in rural New Albin, Central Cable is expected to complete this phase near the end of July.
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June 2018
Finishing Some of the Work in Town; Moving Rural

Finishing Some of the Work in Town; Moving Rural

Progress continues on the New Albin fiber build. Boring in town is nearly complete, with the final stops being at Sunrise Court. Boring is the drilling process used for installing cable underground with minimal interruption to the surface above. The crew working on rural New Albin finished plowing fiber to the Wheatland area, and now is working in Irish Hollow and along the Iowa River Road.
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May 2018
Fiber Project Construction Begins in New Albin

Fiber Project Construction Begins in New Albin

Equipment has arrived and workers are onsite to begin the fiber build in the community of New Albin as this week the project officially gets underway. A common site around town is the Central Cable trucks, flat beds hauling cable spools, and other large equipment used for the project. AcenTek is working with Central Cable, contractors out of Waupun, WI, to complete the fiber build. Construction has begun north of town, along Hwy 26. Soon service drops will begin to be installed within the city ...
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January 2018
Fiber Coming to New Albin in 2018

Fiber Coming to New Albin in 2018

AcenTek's Fiber-To-The-Home project has begun in New Albin. Customers and non-customers in the area are currently being contacted to schedule a time for the team to do home assessments. This brief visit allows AcenTek to examine the connection to the home and decide the best route for connecting fiber to it. Home assessments are a very important step in the process of bringing fiber to a community because the visits provide the information needed for the construction phase. Non-customers in the ...
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THE PLAN:

  • 602 homes and businesses will be upgraded to fiber.
  • Approximately 120 miles of fiber optic cable will be installed.
  • Construction is estimated to begin in June and to be completed by September of 2018.
  • Customers will begin enjoying the benefits of fiber in the fall of 2018.
  • New Albin residents can expect to see vehicles/workers from AcenTek, CNS and Central Cable throughout the life of the project. CNS is the engineering company. The contractor for the project is Central Cable and all splicing and customer cut-overs will be handled by AcenTek.