The Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees awarded a contract this month, for the construction of new fiber-optic cable facilities located within the surrounding rural areas of Geary and Calumet, Oklahoma. The project is scheduled to begin on July 25th of this year.
The fiber cable construction contract awarded to HMI Utilities will consist of 69 miles of new buried fiber-optic cable facilities to serve more than 119 designated locations in the rural areas surrounding Carter and will cover 118 miles in Sentinel, serving a total of 161 customers. Total project costs, including material and fiber splicing costs, amount to over $6.9 million dollars.
The build-out of new, buried, fiber-optic cable facilities in the rural areas located surrounding the Sentinel and Carter, Oklahoma telephone exchanges, is part of Pioneer Telephone’s ongoing commitment and buildout plan as developed under the Federal Communications Commission, Alternative Connect
America Fund Model, or A-CAM plan. Under the A-CAM plan, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., will receive approximately $280 Million over twelve years to expand and build-out fiber optic facilities for tens of thousands of rural residents and businesses located throughout Pioneer’s 30 county landline service area in Northwest, Central, and Southwest Oklahoma.
Pioneer Telephone is future-proofing its customers' needs and network infrastructure by constructing new fiber-optic facilities using Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology. Residents in the A-CAM areas will have faster and more robust broadband speeds up to 1 Gig (1,000Mbps), allowing full access to services such as iVideo streaming TV with High-Definition programming and Cloud DVR, and robust home automation systems. For more detailed mapping of the A-CAM areas, visit the GoPioneer.com site, and click on the “Get Fiber” link.
The Alternative Connect America Fund Model or A-CAM program is an FCC Order funded by the Federal Universal Service Fund established by Congress under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The A-CAM program provides funding for unserved and underserved rural locations where current landline telecommunications facilities cannot offer 4/1Mbs, 10/1Mbs, or 25/3Mbs broadband capability. The A-CAM program uses a forward-looking cost model to predict the cost to provide qualifying Internet speeds to each location.
In addition to the A-CAM funded rural area construction projects, Pioneer Telephone has committed to invest an estimated $100 million of general funds over the ten years, to build out Gigabit fiber technology to non-A-CAM funded local communities served by the Cooperative.
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., and its affiliate companies, “Pioneer,” is one of the largest telecom Cooperative in the United States and is nationally recognized as an industry leader in rural telecommunications. Pioneer is a multi-service telecommunications corporation providing service to thousands of accounts in communities encompassing 45 counties in Western and Southern Oklahoma, as well as eight counties in Southern Kansas. Pioneer provides an array of telecommunication products and services, including Local Telephone Service, Ethernet Transport Service (ETS), High-Speed Internet, iVideo streaming TV, Cellular, Long Distance, Wireless Broadband, Business Solutions, Fiber Broadband, VoIP, and Yellow Pages Advertisement. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information about Pioneer, please call 888.782.2667 or visit our website, GoPioneer.com.