Bonesteel

Fiber to the Home Project

The remainder of the Bonesteel (rural) exchange is scheduled for FTTH upgrades.

Contractors: 
Wiring Contractor - Travis Electric Inc.
Engineering Consultant - RVW Inc. 
Construction Contractor - MasTec North America

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PROJECT UPDATE

June 23, 2022

  • MasTec has one mainline plow working north of Bonesteel on Cabin Road.
  • A second mainline crew is burying fiber east of 366 Avenue along Highway 18.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on most customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in Fairfax or rural Bonesteel and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 16, 2022

  • MasTec will have several crews working in the rural part of the exchange, south and east of town, in the coming week.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on most customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in Fairfax or rural Bonesteel and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 9, 2022

  • MasTec will be plowing main line fiber north east of Fairfax. They will move to 364th Avenue, then will move south of Bonesteel on 362nd Avenue.
  • A second crew will start work next Tuesday, burying main line cable along US Hwy 18 between Bonesteel and Fairfax.
  • One boring crew will be drilling and inserting pipe from Fairfax to 368th Avenue.
  • The second boring crew will be south of Bonesteel on 362nd Ave, then will move northwest of Bonesteel to work from US Hwy 18 on Highway 1806.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on most customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in Fairfax or rural Bonesteel and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 2, 2022

  • MasTec is plowing cable along 302nd St, moving east from 368th Ave.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on most customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in Fairfax or rural Bonesteel and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

May 12, 2022

  • MasTec has a crew boring, or drilling and inserting pipe under roadways, on Quarry Road from 297th Street going north and east for 4 miles. They will move to S Wheeler Road from Quarry Road and go north for 3 miles.
  • MasTec’s plow crew will be burying main line cable on North Plum Road from 299th Street to 297th Street. On 297th Street they will go east from Plum Road for 2. 5 miles, then north on Plum Road from 297th St for 4 miles.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on over half the houses and businesses in the project area.

May 5, 2022

  • MasTec has a crew boring, or drilling and inserting pipe under roadways, on Plum Road three miles south of 297th Street. From there they will head north to Quarry Road, then work east for three miles.
  • MasTec’s plow crew will be burying main line cable from the intersection of 299th Street and Highway 18, moving east to Plum Road, then going north on Plum Road for five miles.
  • Travis Electric will be in the area next week to install clamshells on customer premises.

April 28, 2022

  • MasTec plans to start boring, or drilling while installing vacant pipe, under roadways by the end of this week.
  • Plowing to bury main line fiber is planned to begin next week.
  • Travis Electric is scheduling appointments to install clamshells on customer premises. 

April 21, 2022

  • MasTec plans to start boring, or drilling while installing vacant pipe, under roadways by the end of this week.
  • Crews will be moving materials and equipment to the area next week.
  • Travis Electric is scheduling appointments to install clamshells on customer premises.

April 14, 2022

  • MasTec plans to start boring, or drilling while installing vacant pipe, under roadways next week.
  • Travis Electric is scheduling appointments to install clamshells on customer premises.

April 7, 2022

  • MasTec is moving equipment and locating buried utilities in the project area.
  • Travis Electric is scheduling appointments to install clamshells on customer premises.

March 31, 2022

  • Next week, MasTec will be locating buried utilities and drilling and inserting pipe under roadways on roads 299th Street, N Plum Road, 297th Street, 366th Avenue, Quarry Road, and Wheeler Road east of Bonesteel.
  • MasTec will move additional equipment to the area in mid-April.
  • Travis Electric has started installing clamshells on customer premises, starting in the town of Fairfax.

March 24, 2022

  • Beginning the week of April 11, MasTec crews will begin drilling and inserting pipe under roadways and other locations that can’t be plowed.
  • MasTec will move additional equipment to the area in mid-April.
  • Travis Electric will begin clamshell installation starting in Fairfax.

February 4, 2022

Golden West Announces 2022 Construction of Fiber to the Home in Rural Bonesteel

WALL, SD – Golden West Telecommunications will expand its fiber network through rural Bonesteel this year. Fiber allows for greater bandwidth and speed and offers a more reliable and secure connection to the world for all telecommunications services including phone and internet in rural Bonesteel, and phone, internet, and cable TV in Fairfax.

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project will convert homes and businesses from copper cable to long, thin strands of glass called optical fibers. These fibers use pulses of light to transmit data and are immune to environmental factors such as electrical currents and water.

“Fiber is one of the best investments Golden West can make on behalf of its members,” Golden West General Manager and CEO Denny Law said. “Strong and secure broadband internet connections are a necessity these days. Fiber optic technology will provide residents and businesses throughout the community of Bonesteel with a seamless online experience and new opportunities in the coming years.”

The cooperative is working to upgrade its entire service territory to fiber within the next five or six years. In addition to Bonesteel, Golden West will also complete fiber projects this year in Corsica, Bridgewater, Clearfield, rural Enning, and the town of Mission, including the communities of Antelope and White Horse.

Three contractors will complete the project in Bonesteel on behalf of Golden West. These include Travis Electric taking care of wiring at homes and businesses, MasTec Inc. handling construction, and RVW, Inc. covering easements, permits, and inspections. Golden West will take care of customer service.

FTTH is a multi-stage project that can take up to a year to complete depending on factors such as weather. Current customers will be transitioned to the new fiber optic technology after construction is done late in 2022 or early in 2023. At that time, customers will be able to subscribe to the fastest internet speeds Golden West offers.

Golden West will prepare all homes and businesses in Fairfax – even those who aren’t current customers – with infrastructure for fiber optic connections. This involves hanging a small box or “clamshell” on the outside of all homes and businesses within city limits and constructing duct work underground to the box for future fiber optics. Installing these pieces during the initial fiber construction enables quick and easy connections moving forward. It also ensures the entire area is positioned for the future, which will demand even faster internet speeds.

Visit goldenwest.com/FTTH for an overview of the project, to submit questions, and fill out a form for a chance to win valuable prizes. Please contact Golden West with any additional questions, concerns or comments by calling 1-855-888-7777 (option 3) and asking for the Engineering Department.