We understand that many of our customers are eager to experience the benefits of fiber internet, and we appreciate your patience as we work diligently to expand our fiber network. In this article, we aim to shed light on the factors that can influence the timeline for fiber internet availability in your area.
Upgrading our network involves an extensive construction process that includes placing fiber optic cables, installing all the necessary electronic equipment, and ensuring the infrastructure meets the highest standards.
At times, other entities have existing projects in progress in an area. Whether it is a road project, water, sewer, etc., this can impact the timing of a fiber project as entities work together to coordinate their projects and avoid interference with each other.
Securing the required permits and regulatory approvals is essential in the expansion process. Each area has unique regulations and procedures that must be followed. Navigating these processes is time-consuming but crucial to ensure our network upgrades comply with local laws. The timeline for meeting these requirements can vary greatly from project to project, ranging from just a few days to over a year.
Geographic and Environmental Challenges
Some areas present unique challenges due to their geographic or environmental characteristics. Construction schedules are often adjusted to mitigate impacts on plant and animal species. Other factors, like shorter construction seasons in higher elevations or a high-water table in certain areas, can require scheduling adjustments.
Funding and Obligations with Funded Programs
Fiber network expansion is a significant investment, especially in a high-cost area like the Uintah Basin. Funding can play a critical role in determining the pace at which we can roll out fiber to different areas. To support Strata’s investment in building out our fiber network, we continually seek various government funding opportunities to expedite our fiber expansion. These funding programs come with certain obligations concerning timelines and locations to focus on. These obligations are a significant factor in determining which locations Strata builds to and can impact plans for other areas.
One of the factors that helps influence the timeline for expansion is the demand from our customers. To show your interest in fiber, register your address at connect.stratanetworks.com. Our teams monitor this platform, and the registrations submitted are used in our decision-making.
While fiber isn’t ubiquitous in the Uintah Basin yet, some areas are still able to get gig speeds with the proper equipment. If you’re interested in a speed upgrade, fill out our form at www.strata.click/speed, and our teams will reach out to confirm your speed availability.
We want to assure you that we are working diligently to bring fiber internet to as many areas as possible as quickly as we reasonably can. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team at (435) 622-5007.
Thank you for choosing Strata Networks and supporting us as we continue building a better and faster network for you!