Fiber to the Home Project
The remainder of the Witten exchange where all necessary rights of way have been secured will be upgraded to fiber in 2024.
Wiring Contractor – Travis Electric
Engineering Consultant – RVW, Inc.
Construction Contractor – Cable Communications Services
Open house for Witten & Wood
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22
Community Hall, 130 S. Dakota St., Wood
Come learn more about the project from Golden West representatives and talk with contractors who will assist with the local project. Enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.
February 5, 2024
Golden West will bring fiber optic technology
to more Wood/Witten rural areas
Golden West will continue to expand its fiber network to areas around Wood and Witten this year. 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 subscribers there 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.
“Fiber optic technology helps brighten the future of the communities and customers we serve,” says General Manager and CEO Denny Law. “Broadband allows telemedicine to reach every corner, plugs rural classrooms and students into the world, and handles the needs of farm fields pulsing with data.”
This latest project will connect the remainder of the Wood and Witten exchanges – where all the necessary rights of way have been secured – to the fiber optic network. Every subscriber who will be upgraded will receive a personal letter in the mail from Golden West soon. Potential new subscribers in these areas should contact Golden West.
Golden West will host an informational open house for subscribers who are part of this year’s construction project. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Community Hall at 130 S. Dakota St. in Wood. Those in attendance can learn more about the project from Golden West representatives and talk with contractors who will assist with the local project. Attendees can also enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.
Four contractors will complete the work in the rural areas of Wood and Witten on behalf of Golden West. North Central Service (NCS) will handle construction around Wood, while Cable Communications Services will construct around Witten. RVW Inc. will cover easements, permits, and inspections in both areas, and Travis Electric will serve as the wiring contractor for both exchanges. 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 2024 or early in 2025. At that time, customers will be able to subscribe to Golden West’s faster internet speeds.
Currently more than 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 three to four years. In addition to Wood and Witten, Golden West will also complete fiber optic upgrade projects this year for subscribers in rural Custer and rural Hot Springs.
Visit goldenwest.com/FTTH for an overview of the project now and throughout the year. For those who are unable to attend the open house or for things that may come up afterwards, the page also offers the option to submit questions and to 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 ask for the Engineering Department.