Telemedia Fiber Buildout Information

In the spring of 2020 Telemedia will begin breaking ground on a large fiber build that will cover 900 member homes in our service area, and an additional 350 homes in Starlight Indiana. As we near this build we may be contacting members to both disburse and gather information. The build will continue in 2021, connecting an additional 850 member homes in our serving area. Additional projects beyond 2022 are being planned for the balance of homes in the Telemedia serving area. A press release for the project can be viewed here.

Lastest Build Update (last updated July 19, 2021)

With summer upon us, our fiber construction activity has now picked up. Please refer to the color coded map below.

Here’s what’s going on in June of 2021:

Areas Completed: (Green on the map) Martinsburg, Wheatly, Priddy, Butler Farm, Bush Road, Riley Haven, EWSC, Franklin School Rd, and Chestnut Hill.

More Information About The Completed Phase: If you live in one of these areas you can get fiber service today. Give us a call at 812-967-3171 (M-F 8:30a 4:30p) if you would like to schedule an appointment to receive service.

Final Phase: Home Installations Ready – (Blue on the map) The Borden area is in the final phase of construction, and we are now calling members who live in this area to set up installation appointments.

More Information About The Home Installation Phase:

If you are a current customer and live in one of these areas we are in the process of setting up appointments by phone (we will call you). If you are not a current customer and live in one of these areas, please contact us at 812-967-3171 (M-F 8:30a – 4:30p) to set up an appointment to order service.

Phase 5: Fiber Testing – (Orange on the map) The Borden area is currently in this phase.

More Information About The Testing Phase:

We test each fiber strand as one of the final steps in the process before beginning your home installation. After all, we want you to receive the very best service possible! If you live in one of these areas, expect home installations to begin approximately in the next 30-60 days. You may see crews and trailers along the road, and near our remotes during this phase.

Phase 4: Fiber Splicing – (Brown on the map) We are not currently splicing fiber in any areas.

More Information About The Splicing Phase:

Once the fiber has been jetted through the conduit our splicers connect them all together through the splicing process. Usually, large trailers with splicing gear are brought in to do the job. Large loops of fiber may be located in and around our cement ground vaults as we undertake this tedious process. You may see crews, with multiple trailers and pieces of equipment along the road during this phase.

Phase 3: Fiber Jetting – (Purple on the map) We are currently not jetting fiber in any areas.

More Information About The Fiber Jetting Phase:

Jetting fiber consists of pushing fiber through our buried conduit with high pressure air. Crews may also pull the fibers through manually. You may see crews and trailers loaded with large compressors and jetting equipment along the road during this phase.

Phase 2: Ground Construction – (Red on the map) The Guthrie (Pekin) and Pine Hill areas are now under construction.

More Information About The Construction Phase:

Construction consists of burying mainline conduit by either plowing it under the ground, or using horizontal boring equipment. Large cement vaults (called “hand holes”) are also put into place. In this phase buried fiber drops are run from the street to your home or business. Our crews will mount a fiber box to the side of your building during this phase. You may see very large machinery, crews, and trailers along the road (or working in your yard) during this phase. You may see flags, or various colored markings (usually blue, red, orange) spray painted on the ground. These identify underground utilities that we will avoid. Please do not cover these up! You may see orange duct, cement vaults, or buried fiber loops alongside the road or in your yard. This is a normal part of the construction process and will be cleaned up by the end of the phase. If something has changed since we performed your site survey (i.e. you have new underground facilities, or want to change the location of your fiber or mounting box), please contact us immediately by calling 812-967-3171 (M-F 8:30a – 4:30p). After the construction process we typically clean up the area which includes smoothing, seeding, and straw. Please be patient during this period, as clean-up occurs only after all of the ground construction has been completed. Working Hours: Our crews and subcontractors generally don’t start work before 8am, and typically work until twilight. If you would like to verify the authenticity of our crews, or if you have any other concerns please contact our main office at 812-967-3171.

Phase 1: Engineering: (Pink on the map).

The Gobbler Knob and Nelson areas are in the engineering phase and will soon be entering the construction phase. Members located in these areas can expect to receive fiber service later this year. The Starlight area is in this phase as well. Due to a lack of county “right of way” we are still working through easement issues and the pole “make ready” process with utilities located in the Starlight area. Easement refusals from Starlight residents have complicated the project significantly. This process has taken far longer than we anticipated, but we are making steady progress. We expect Starlight construction to begin during the summer and fall of 2021, however please understand we are at the mercy of both Starlight residents (for easements) and the electric utilities to finish the pole “make ready” process.

More Information About The Engineering Phase:

This phase starts with an initial blueprint. Our engineers then “drive out” the area and plot the route for an upcoming build. The phase finishes up with customer contact, site survey, right of way (easements), and pole preparation (if applicable). During this phase, our customer contact team will call (or visit you in person) to perform a site survey of your yard and home. During this survey we will make note of known underground facilities (water lines, electric line, buried dog fences, etc). The location of the fiber box mounting point on your home will be decided, and we will answer any questions you may have.

Map 1 shows the Telemedia serving area. Please see the map key for details.

Please note that weather, availability of contract labor, Covid 19, and other factors could influence the build timeline, as well as service availability schedule.

Map 2 shows the area that will be covered in the Starlight build. Once again, weather, availability of contract labor, Covid 19, and other factors could influence the build timeline as well as service availability schedule.

Map 2: Starlight

Map 2

Construction Process

How long will the construction process take?

The entire process will take several months (contingent upon weather conditions). Typically we start the process in late spring and finish in late Fall. There may also be times when construction ceases in your area, only to start up again several weeks later. During this construction process the ground may be somewhat torn up. We don’t leave open trenches, so it’s safe; however, it won’t be pretty to look at. During this time you may see orange inner-duct poking out through the ground alongside the road. Machinery may be parked alongside the road in preparation for the next day’s work. We may also leave large cement vaults in place as we prepare to bury them. Don’t worry! By the end of the project all of this will be neatly buried in the ground and out of sight.

Will Telemedia fix areas that get torn up during construction?

We are committed to leaving all construction areas in as good or better shape than before we started. However, the clean up process occurs in the very last phase of the project. This means you may be looking at bare spots, or small piles of dirt until the fall.

During our cleanup phase we will ensure the ground has been smoothed out. We will bring in topsoil where needed, and we will seed and cover with hay. New grass should begin sprouting within 10 days of the clean up work.

If we miss a spot, please call us. We will be more than happy to send a crew out to fix it. We only ask that you be patient through the construction process. Also, please keep in mind that wet or icy weather can be an impediment to our progress.

What is Fiber and Why is it better?

Fiber is a medium that provides Internet service to your home and business at speeds much faster than traditional copper based technologies. With fiber, data travels to you as light over strands of glass. Tops speeds can reach 1000 Mbps (1Gbps).

Speed:

With fiber technology Telemedia can bring you speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (that’s 1000 Megabit per second!)

Distance:

It doesn’t matter if you live down a 5 mile driveway, fiber will go the distance and bring you the speeds you need!

Reliability: 

Because fiber isn’t conductive, electrical storms are far less likely to cause issues.

How will Telemedia bring the service to my home or business?

Fiber service requires that Telemedia construct a whole new network for your Internet service to traverse. Telemedia typically buries its network (instead of stringing it on electric poles), as this provides much more resilience to inclement weather, ice, and accidents. Because the fiber will be buried, Telemedia contractors will trench or bore through state and county right of way areas to bring the fiber to you.