BDC Group Blog

The Fiber We're Supplying, It's Electrifying!

September 03, 2021

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

The City of Cedar Rapids is continuing its quest to complete the multi-year and multi-phase installation of the downtown floodwall project. Along with this construction comes renovations to outdated infrastructure related to fiber and electrical utilities. This is a time-consuming and sensitive job that requires schedules to be met. That’s where our resident master electrician Jared Nelson and skilled On-Demand Services team come in to save the day!

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The Question is: What Aren’t We Going To Do?

July 30, 2021

project management, telecom construction, bdc group, bdc group inc., On Demand Services, Network Solutions, TSD, telecom site development, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, OSP, ODS

BDC Group stands for Building Diverse Communications. And in order to do just that, BDC has built our operations around three distinct divisions that encompass the vast entity that is building communications and utility infrastructures. Let’s dive deep into these three divisions and explore how they carefully fit together to create customized turnkey service packages that tailored to each of our partner’s needs.

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Don't Let a Utility Strike Sink the Whole Ship

June 18, 2021

telecom construction, emergency, fiber splicing, ribbon splicing, maintenance, On Demand Services, ODS Division, Network Solutions, boring, ODS, emergency deployment, fiber maintenance, fiber strike, fiber repair

According to the ISE’s article on damage prevention, infrastructure damage costs an estimated $30 billion year-over-year. And while some can be prevented by establishing careful locating and excavation practices, utility line strikes, and other damages are somewhat inevitable. So, what should you do when damages threaten infrastructure operations? Below we discuss the steps to take when damages happen and how to prevent them.

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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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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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Network Failure Is Not An Option

February 19, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, maintenance, OSP Fiber Construction, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, OSP, ODS, fiber maintenance, network upgrades, Keenan Flint, Jeramie Ellefson

Building, expanding, or upgrading your fiber network is no small feat and whether your network is local or spans across states, keeping it healthy and online is non-negotiable. There can be a lot of stressors when trying to manage miles of fiber and ensuring your customers are happy. Having the right partners who can manage, repair, expand, maintain, and upgrade your infrastructure can help to take a little bit of stress off your plate.

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Show Me The Maintenance

February 12, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, maintenance, OSP Fiber Construction, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, OSP, ODS, fiber maintenance

Maintaining your fiber optic network is an important practice in protecting your investment. Network down time can be costly, but there are steps you can take to avoid this headache. From proper installation, testing, monitoring and routine network maintenance, upkeep of your fiber network can be a lot to juggle. Having an experienced partner who can support you from planning and installation to maintenance and emergency response can make all the difference.

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Let’s Talk About Fiber Maintenance

February 05, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, fiber optic network, fiber splicing, maintenance, OSP Fiber Construction, Fiber, On Demand Services, Network Solutions, OSP, ODS, fiber maintenance

Maintenance of fiber optic networks is a little different than maintenance of copper or other cabling options. While inspection of the network and all the connectors and adapters, used to be absolutely necessary, today’s fiber optic networks are designed to be installed and left alone unless repair is needed. So how do you know what needs repaired and what maintenance to perform? Well let’s talk about maintaining your fiber network.

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Shocking News, BDC Group is Wired Up

January 22, 2021

telecom solution, telecom solutions, concrete shelter, generator, maintenance, On Demand Services, General Construction, TSD, telecom site development, HVAC, Infrastructure Maintenance, Electrical, Inside Plant Equipment, ODS, preventative maintenance

Offering a vast portfolio of products and services allows BDC to help our partners with virtually any broadband or wireless project they may need. But it also makes it easy for some of those products and services to end up being overlooked. Our electrical and inside plant services tend to always be in the supporting role. These important services are included in many of the projects we complete for our partners, but more times than not, they do not get the spotlight they deserve.

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