Murdo - Rural

Fiber to the Home Project

Murdo-Rural.pngThe remainder of the Murdo exchange (rural), including areas north, east, and south of Murdo is scheduled for FTTH upgrades in 2023.  

Contractors:
Wiring Contractor - INFO COMING SOON
Engineering Consultant - RVW, Inc.
Construction Contractor - North Central Service

Murdo Rural 2023 FTTP.PNG

January 26, 2023

Golden West Will Bring Fiber Optic Technology to Murdo Area in 2023 

WALL, SD – Golden West continues to expand its fiber network through rural Murdo, including areas north, east, and south of Murdo. Fiber optic technology allows for greater bandwidth and speeds, offering a more reliable and secure connection to the world for all telecommunications services including internet and phone. 

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project will convert homes and businesses from copper cable to long, thin strands of glass called optical fibers, like a strand of hair. These fibers use pulses of light to transmit data and are immune to environmental factors such as electrical currents and water. The multi-year process of upgrading all Golden West customers involves burying about 14,000 miles of fiber-optic cable. 

“To put that in perspective, it equates to a cable that would stretch from Wall, South Dakota, to the southern tip of South America and back – that’s 14,000 miles,” emphasizes General Manager and CEO Denny Law. “While the effort is significant, the need is enormous as broadband access plays an integral role in our lives today, both personally and professionally.” 

Golden West will host an informational open house for subscribers in and around Murdo who are a part of this year’s construction project. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Jones County School in the mini gym, on 404 Jackson Ave. in Murdo. Those in attendance can learn more about the project from Golden West representatives and can talk with contractors who will assist with the local project. Attendees can also enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes. 

Three contractors will complete the project in the rural areas of Murdo on behalf of Golden West. The wiring contractor is yet to be determined. Ripley’s Inc. will handle construction, and Vantage Point will cover 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 depending on factors such as weather. Current customers will be transitioned to the new fiber optic technology after construction is complete late in 2023 or early in 2024. At that time, customers will be able to subscribe to Golden West’s faster internet speeds. 

Currently almost three-quarters of the Golden West service territory is served by fiber. The cooperative is committed to upgrading its entire service territory to fiber within the next four to five years. In addition to Murdo, Golden West will also complete fiber projects this year in rural Custer, Enning, Maurine, and in the Colton and Humboldt-Montrose exchange, towns and rural.