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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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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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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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$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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CARES Act: What Happens Now?

December 03, 2020

telecom solution, project management, rural broadband, CARES Act, OSP Fiber Construction, General Construction, high speed broadband, plowing, Outside Plant Fiber Construction, long haul fiber, boring, wireless, economic development

2020 has brought a lot of challenges and change to the world. With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the masses to work and school from home, the digital divide has never been wider. Now more than ever, it is essentially that communities have access to reliable, highspeed broadband and wireless services when and wherever they need it.

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Managing Year End Projects and 2021 Planning

October 08, 2020

telecom solution, project management, rural broadband, CARES Act, OSP Fiber Construction, Network Solutions, high speed broadband, Infrastructure Maintenance

It’s been quite the year for everyone. The year 2020 brings a whole new meaning to ‘I can’t believe it’s already October’. An oxymoronic year that has flown by, but it seems like this has been the longest year ever! A financial, emotional, and operational rollercoaster of uncertainty from the beginning to the end. Each month seeming to bring another level of challenges to the table, and yet October is here. It is officially the fourth quarter. Did you get everything done you were planning to do? If not, what is your plan?

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CARES Act Broadband Funding: What You Should Know

July 30, 2020

turn-key construction, rural broadband, CARES Act

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes to every day life. Thousands of people are working from home and students are distance learning. This has allowed broadband infrastructure a seat at the table with our country’s leaders when discussing aid and relief funds to help the country readjust to our new “normal”.

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