Clearfield

Fiber to the Home Project

The portion of the Clearfield exchange that is in Tripp County is scheduled for FTTH upgrades.

Contractors: 
Wiring Contractor - Travis Electric Inc.
Engineering Consultant - RVW Inc. 
Construction Contractor - Ripley's

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PROJECT UPDATE

June 23, 2022

  • Ripley’s is working on cleanup in the project area.
  • Technicians are testing fibers. When testing is completed, Golden West staff will complete wiring in the Clearfield central office in preparation for connecting customers to the new network.
  • Customers will be notified by letter when Travis Electric begins Phase 2 wiring to upgrade customers to fiber optics.

June 16, 2022

  • Ripley’s has completed all main line plowing and has buried lines to all customer addresses.
  • Technicians have spliced the new fibers. The next steps are to test the fibers and complete wiring in the Clearfield Golden West office.
  • Customers will be notified by letter when Travis Electric begins Phase 2 wiring to upgrade customers to fiber optics.

June 9, 2022

  • Ripley’s has completed all main line plowing and has buried lines to all customer addresses.
  • During the next stage of the process, the fibers will be spliced and tested. Golden West staff will install and connect electronics in the central office.
  • Customers will be notified by letter when Travis Electric begins Phase 2 wiring to upgrade customers to fiber optics.

June 2, 2022

  • Ripley’s is plowing main line fiber south and east of 269th Street and 300th Avenue.
  • Travis Electric has completed installing clamshells on customer homes. They will return to the area later this year to do the inside wiring necessary to connect customers to the new fiber optic network.

May 12, 2022

  • Ripley’s has a plow crew burying fiber cable near the intersection of 309th Avenue and 300th Street going west.
  • A second crew is working on Highway 53 and 292nd Street, also moving west.
  • Travis Electric has only a few customers left that need clamshells installed. If you are a Golden West customer in the Clearfield area and do not have a clamshell on your home, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

May 5, 2022

  • Ripley’s has one crew plowing south and east of the intersection of 300th Street and 313th Avenue.
  • Another plowing crew is working about 7 miles north of Clearfield on Highway 53, heading north.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

April 28, 2022

  • Ripley’s has one crew plowing near Millboro.
  • A second construction crew is working near the intersection of Highway 53 and 290th Street.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

April 21, 2022

  • Ripley’s Inc. has been plowing near the intersection of 296th Street and 310th Avenue.
  • Travis Electric has been installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

April 14, 2022

  • Ripley’s Inc. has been working southeast of Clearfield. Their crews are off for the Easter weekend and will return on Tuesday.
  • Travis Electric has been installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

April 7, 2022

  • Ripley’s Inc. started construction. They have been working east of Clearfield on 292nd Street. They will also plow north and south from 292nd on 310th Avenue.
  • Travis Electric has been installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

March 31, 2022

  • Ripley’s Inc. will begin construction on April 5th.
  • Travis Electric has been installing boxes, or clamshells, on customer homes.

March 24, 2022

  • Ripley’s Inc. is on schedule to begin construction the week of April 4. They will begin moving equipment to the area next week.
  • Travis Electric will be calling customers to schedule a time to hang a clamshell on the outside of the home.

February 4, 2022

Golden West Announces 2022 Construction of Fiber to the Home in Clearfield

WALL, SD – Golden West Telecommunications will expand its fiber network in the portion of the Clearfield exchange that is in Tripp County. 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 the town of Clearfield.

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 in Clearfield 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 Clearfield, Golden West will also complete fiber projects this year in rural Bonesteel, Bridgewater, Corsica, rural Enning, and the town of Mission, including the communities of Antelope and White Horse.

Three contractors will complete the project in Clearfield on behalf of Golden West. These include Travis Electric taking care of wiring at homes and businesses, Ripley’s 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.

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.