In an effort to keep you informed about what RiverStreet Networks is doing in your area, this page is designated exclusively for up-to-date information about the Stokes County fiber build! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us!

 

March 2017 Update:

Stages of Overbuilding a Fiber Network:

A simplistic explanation by Jody Call, Director of Network Operations, not meant to downplay the magnitude of any single milestone in the project

We typically get questions and concerns during a fiber construction project because the work seems to be hit and miss and geographically scattered, so we would like to update everyone on the process.

There are several stages to the overbuild:

  1. Engineering and staking/marking where the fiber will be constructed.
  2. Obtaining right-of-way – property owners, utilities, railroads, DOT, etc.
  3. Ordering of materials (continual throughout project).
  4. Pedestal and hand hole installation.
  5. Plowing the backbone or transport, which home runs all of the thousands of strands of fiber back to the central office.
  6. Installation of fiber cabinets and splice points in the central office.
  7. Plowing drops from the pedestals to customer locations.
  8. Hanging the enclosure on the outside of each home.
  9. Splicing the thousands of fibers in the CO, in each ped, handhole, and the customer location.
  10. Commissioning/provisioning of CO equipment.
  11. Customer cutover form copper to fiber.

Currently fiber construction in King is about 40% complete and service should begin in the area in 2018.

February 2017 Update:

We are in the final stages of completing construction of our Danbury retail location. Fiber installation is currently underway in King.

January 2017 Update:

Final steps of construction are being completed on our retail location and remote building. Expected opening is scheduled for March 2017.

December 2016 Update:

Currently in Stokes County, our RiverStreet Networks team is wrapping up construction of our remote building and retail location. Both buildings are essential to our success in the Stokes County, and we are excited about this opportunity. Our retail location is scheduled to open for business March of 2017[/location_content]

 

 

March 2017 Update:

Route 1 will begin cutover May 2017. Route 2 is expected to begin cutover in August 2017. Routes 3 and 4 are currently under construction. Routes 5 and 6 are expected to begin construction in 2019.

February 2017 Update:

Stages of Overbuilding a Fiber Network:

A simplistic explanation by Jody Call, Director of Network Operations, not meant to downplay the magnitude of any single milestone in the project

We typically get questions and concerns during a fiber construction project because the work seems to be hit and miss and geographically scattered, so we would like to update everyone on the process.

There are several stages to the overbuild:

  1. Engineering and staking/marking where the fiber will be constructed.
  2. Obtaining right-of-way – property owners, utilities, railroads, DOT, etc.
  3. Ordering of materials (continual throughout project).
  4. Pedestal and hand hole installation.
  5. Plowing the backbone or transport, which home runs all of the thousands of strands of fiber back to the central office.
  6. Installation of fiber cabinets and splice points in the central office.
  7. Plowing drops from the pedestals to customer locations.
  8. Hanging the enclosure on the outside of each home.
  9. Splicing the thousands of fibers in the CO, in each ped, handhole, and the customer location.
  10. Commissioning/provisioning of CO equipment.
  11. Customer cutover form copper to fiber.

In the Saluda area we are currently working in varying capacities in stages 7, 8, and 9.  We are also focusing on 2 or 3 routes to complete rather than the entire footprint of Saluda before performing cutover (11).  With all this being said (and leaving out some of the negligible, interstitial stages), we hope to begin customer cutover sometime in March-May timeframe.  This depends largely upon the weather. To put this into perspective, our network in Wilkes, which serves approximately 10,000 subscribers, took from 2005 through December, 2014 to complete. Saluda is around 1/8th the size in comparison, and we look to have it take 2+ years.  We began in January, 2016 with stage 1, so we are really only 12 months into the project.

We are still going strong, and we look forward to the day when citizens of Saluda can experience what RiverStreet’s next generation network offers.

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January 2017 Update:

Route 1 construction has been completed! Currently, we are working on splicing. Our focus is now shifting to Route 2, which should be placed within a month.[/location_content]