Construction Moving Along
August 3rd, 2017- Interest in MVlink continues to grow! There are currently 15 service areas that are open for sign ups and we are just under 800 member sign ups.
Construction in Phase I in Dubuque County is nearly complete with only two circuits remaining to install fiber. Fiber drops to individual homes are winding down in the early Phase 1 areas so this is a great time to sign up for your free install before we turn our focus to remaining Phase 1 and Phase II service areas. We have connected almost 250 homes in Phase I and they are experiencing the internet at unprecedented speeds, several are on our 100 Mbps and gigabit packages. We have ramped up drop installs in recent weeks which will allow us to increase home installs and connections moving forward.
Construction in Phase II near the Stone City area has also started. Combined with Phase I, we now have 300 miles constructed. A second headend facility (where the fiber originates) is almost complete and it is our intent to connect this facility with the first headend creating a loop for greatest reliability. Members in Phase II will soon start hearing from us as we schedule appointments for home drops and test sites will be operational by the end of the month.
MVlink Smart Grid Progress Map
July 7th, 2017-This ever-changing map of MVEC’s service area depicts the smart grid progress over the past year. The map reflects the various stages of the process from design, to mainline construction, then fiber drops to individual homes/businesses and finally the in-home installation.This ever-changing map of MVEC’s service area depicts the smart grid progress over the past year. The map reflects the various stages of the process from design, to mainline construction, then fiber drops to individual homes/businesses and finally the in-home installation.This ever-changing map of MVEC’s service area depicts the smart grid progress over the past year. The map reflects the various stages of the process from design, to mainline construction, then fiber drops to individual homes/businesses and finally the in-home installation.
May 30th 2017- The Process and Terminology
With over 70 contractors, plus our own staff, we have so many balls in the air and so much new terminology that we find it difficult to share our progress with you.
Step 1—The Design
We have contracted with a firm to design each Phase of our project before we start construction. Design starts with one or more circuits out of a substation (each electric substation has several circuits leading out in different directions to supply all the members in the area). This involves measuring clearance above ground and the distance between poles and then reviewing potential paths to connect the fiber from the mainline to the side of the house, determining where terminal boxes should be located; noting trees that need to be cleared or poles that need to be upgraded and much more. When the design is completed, we will know how much staff time we need to allocate to make our system ready to accommodate the fiber line and what materials are needed to build the fiber in a given area.
Step 2—Make Ready
Upon completion of the design, our MVEC Operations Department will begin tree cutting and clearing, pole replacement and other electric grid improvements to accommodate the new fiber line.
Step 3—Mainline Construction
This is the time-consuming process to bring fiber from pole to pole. Think of this as a highway where each fiber line connects to the network just like a street connects to a highway to take you wherever you need to go. During this step we also need to mark the location of underground lines to help us avoid them during construction.
Step 3---Fiber Drops
When the mainline fiber is completed on a circuit, a new team of contractors will begin extending fiber from the mainline to individual homes or businesses. We refer to this as a ‘drop’. During this step, MVEC staff will contact you to discuss the location of the connection to your home. They will also inquire about any underground facilities you personally own that may be in the path of this proposed drop. We want to avoid things like underground pet fences. Do not cancel your current internet service at this point.
This is the final step in the process where in-home networking equipment is installed. MVEC staff will schedule time with you when a technician can run the fiber from the outside drop inside to your computer. They will then switch internet services from your current connection to the new network, and ensure it is running smoothly with the new higher speed service. At this point you can cancel your former internet service.
Numbers Continue Climbing
May 16, 2017- Our Smart Grid fiber project continues to progress as scheduled. Additional contractor crews are moving in soon and progress will ramp up significantly over the summer months. Check out these statistics that are increasing daily:
- 2201 interested members
- 486 members have signed installation agreements
- 180 miles of fiber consructed
- 78 drops awaiting home installation
- 70+ contractors working in the field
- 30 home installations completed
- 5 new employees hired
- 3 substations now sending smart grid data back to the Cooperative via fiber
Interested? Scroll back to the top and sign up your interest!
April 28, 2017- Hey members, check out these speeds we are seeing during home installations! Those using our whole house GigaCenter WiFi are seeing these speeds on all devices. If you haven’t yet visited our website at mvlink.coop now is the time. Let us know you are interested in experiencing these unprecedented speed.
April 13, 2017-In April, 2016, the Board of Directors approved moving forward with the design and installation of a Smart Grid fiber communications network.
356 days later we connected our first substation to the fiber network and are now bringing Smart Grid substation and metering information back to the office via the new fiber network.
360 days later we connected our first MVlink member with high speed internet services.
As the network continues to expand we will now be moving forward with additional internet connections to members while also increasing the amount of Smart Grid data points that use the fiber network as a communication path.
Interest in MVlink offerings continues to be strong across our entire service area.