Click the questions below to see answers to our most frequently asked fiber questions.
Central began steps to increase our smart grid capabilities 10 years ago when we worked with our power provider, KAMO, to install fiber at all of our substations. This led to numerous advances in our distribution system operations, which means that we are better equipped to performed predictive analysis. This means we are able to increase system uptime, while also decreasing outage duration.
The Central board of trustees has decided to move forward with expanding fiber communications throughout our entire service area in an effort to increase connectivity in the field. Members will benefit from a smarter electric gird and the potential of modern rate designs, but also the capability of fiber internet services being offered to the home from the full system buildout.
Construction will begin during fall 2020 with mainline construction, and the entire project will take 5-7 years to complete. The first member connections are projected to begin spring 2021.
We will be working as quickly as possible to build-out a fiber network that has connectivity across our entire system. The entire project will take 5-7 years to complete, and construction is scheduled to being in fall 2020.
Currently, there are not any areas open to sign ups now as construction has not yet begun, however, we encourage you to let us know your interest in fiber by completing this form. As soon as fiber becomes available in an area, we will notify the members living in that area.
The goal is to have fiber services and electric services on one bill but the integration takes time to fully implement and integrate. We are currently working through the regulations surrounding the telecommunications industry and exploring options to determine the best route for billing. Keeping it as simple and easy as possible for our members is our primary goal when it comes to billing.
We are finalizing our terms and conditions, and total pricing structure, including fees. Just as we want to keep it simple and easy for billing, we want to keep the terms and fees simple and easy too!
We are finalizing pricing details and will release them as soon as we can. We are working to make pricing affordable and easy to understand.
We are finalizing all pricing details, including any installation fees that may be associated with it.
Central will create a limited liability company that will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central. Operating under a split business model will mean that those who take fiber service are not subsidized by those who do not.
Yes, it will be unlimited data. We know you have enough to worry about without being concerned about any data limits so take this one off your list!
Absolutely, you can stream with our service, and if it makes your life more enjoyable to do so, we recommend it!
The entire fiber buildout for all of Central’s service area is a 5-7 year project. We promise to work as quickly as possible to bring fiber to every Central member. Be sure to register here for the latest updates and to express your interest.
No. Central will not offer video (TV) service at this time but will consider it as we progress through the project and evaluate the member demand. We have decided to focus on improving our overall operations by increasing the connectivity in the field so we can provide better electrical service to our members and, in turn, help members be better connected to the digital world by providing high-quality, reliable and affordable internet service.
Yes. Fiber technology allows for VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone service. You will be able to sign up for phone service at the same time you sign up for fiber service.
No! You get your own fiber optic cable all the way to your home or business. Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is the type of system Central is building to ensure increased connectivity in the field and for our members, reliable, fast internet service. Unlike wireless, cable, satellite, and DSL internet, fiber optic connections provide over 1,000 times as much bandwidth as copper and can travel more than 100 times further without losing signal strength. Fiber optics use the speed of light to transport data, which means that it is fast!