BDC Group Blog

Dude, Where's My Shipment?

June 11, 2021

new concrete shelter, concrete shelters, telecom construction, generator, Network Solutions, TSD, precast concrete shelters, surplus concrete shelters, telecom site development, Logistics, Transportation, Cranes

When purchasing a shelter, generator, or other large equipment, it is important to know that the transportation or logistics and on/off load of your equipment will have additional fees associated with it. Many factors can impact these prices. Our TSD team of experts give insight into what those factors are and how you can try to keep your shipping costs as low as possible.  

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The Dark Side of Fiber

June 04, 2021

dark fiber, telecom construction, osp telecom, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, rural broadband, OSP Fiber Construction, Network Solutions, plowing, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, long haul fiber, OSP, ISP, fiber optic expansion, internet

Building a fiber network can be daunting, expensive, and time consuming, but that doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. Dark fiber networks are a time and cost saving option to look at when planning your next fiber construction project. Here we will dive into what dark fiber is, it's value in today’s industry, and some basics on dark fiber lease rates.

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BDC Group Is Moving!

May 26, 2021

telecom solutions, telecom construction, bdc group, bdc group inc., iowa, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, telecom site development, new headquarters, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, OSP, ODS, bdc, Ketelsen Drive, Hiawatha

For the last few years, BDC Group has been operating our Cedar Rapids headquarters out of multiple locations; our 51st Street office and our warehouse on 33rd Avenue. It is apparent now, more than ever, that we have a need for more space. With that said, BDC is excited to announce we are moving to a new office and warehouse location on Ketelsen Drive in Hiawatha, off of Center Point Road!

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Fiber Builds Have Layers. Ogre's Have Layers.

May 21, 2021

telecom solutions, telecom construction, osp telecom, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, rural broadband, OSP Fiber Construction, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, plowing, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, long haul fiber, OSP, ODS, fiber optic expansion, internet

There is an industry wide rush to get fiber optic networks expanded, upgraded, built for the future. And while that sounds fairly simple – just bury the fiber and move on, right? – network carriers can’t just put the fiber in the ground and expect the network to be efficient and functional. And as many of us in the industry know, building the internet and communications networks from backbone to end user is not as straightforward as it may seem, every network has layers. Below we explore the differences in long- and short-haul fiber builds.

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Need HVAC or Generators? Who You Gonna Call?

May 14, 2021

telecom solutions, concrete shelter, telecom services, telecom construction, telecom shelter, telecom power, telecommunications shelters, generator, iowa, cedar rapids, TSD, power equipment, surplus concrete shelters, HVAC, internet

There are a lot of components that go into your network infrastructure. When planning to build, update, expand, or upgrade your network and its equipment, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Two major and very important pieces of the network are HVAC systems and generators. With many different kinds and features, it can be confusing to understand which will fit your project needs. BDC’s experts help break it down and answer some questions to help you make the right choice for your telecom infrastructure.

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Iowa Feels the Need… The Need for Speed

May 07, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, 5g, telecom shelter, rural broadband, iowa, cedar rapids, Fiber, Network Solutions, high speed broadband, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, fiber optic expansion, Joint Communications Network, duct, internet

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new bill into law on April 28th, 2021 that addresses the poor status of the state’s broadband infrastructure. This new legislation was unanimously passed in both the Iowa House and Senate with support from both Democrats and Republicans and will provide statewide funding for broadband internet expansion.

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How Much You Want to Bet I Can Throw a Football Over Them Flood Walls?

April 23, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, telecom shelter, cedar rapids, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, ODS, Joint Communications Network, Flood, JCN, utility repair, duct

Time and time again, nature has shown this community what it’s made of and every time, Cedar Rapidians get back up and come together to show their resiliency and ingenuity. Although it has been over a decade since the flood that devastated Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the surrounding areas, in 2008, the community has rebuiltA few scars remain from the event the community has not forgotten. And while it may have been over a decade in the making, the Cedar Rapids Flood Wall project has started construction along the river.

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In a Data Center Far, Far Away….

April 16, 2021

telecom solutions, fiber optic network, telecom shelter, data center, Fiber, Network Solutions, fiber maintenance, data, micro data center

Data centers aren’t going anywhere, but as with anything in the telecommunications and data industries, we are finding ways to transform the technologies that revolutionized the industry. Because many organizations are moving the majority of their data to cloud storage and edge computing is becoming commonplace, the traditional corporate data center is having to modify. Enter micro data centers.

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BDC and the Shelter Factory

April 09, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, concrete shelter, new concrete shelter, concrete shelters, telecom shelter, telecommunications shelters, precast concrete shelters, HVAC, precast shelter, concrete, telecom hub, telecom hut

Shelters, hubs, huts. They go by many names and are made of many materials. No matter what they are called or what they are made of communication shelters are meant to house and protect vital network or communication equipment. At BDC Group, we manufacture precast concrete shelters that are second to none. Read on to find out how our structures are made from beginning to end!

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$60 Billion for Fiber Expansion... Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

April 02, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, project management, fiber optic network, 5g, rural broadband, Network Solutions, high speed broadband, network upgrades, fiber optic expansion, fiber to the home, infrastructure upgrade

It is no secret that all focus in the telecom industry is on fiber expansion. There have been many programs aimed at funding broadband expansion put out in the last year. And while that is no surprise due to the global health crisis pealing back the curtain to reveal just how wide and deep the digital divide is, there seems to be no slowing of funding and focus being put towards fiber optic expansion

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