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SCI FIBER FAQs



SCI Fiber from SCI REMC, is a grassroots movement that will bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas, bringing high-speed internet to rural Hoosiers.

What do I do?

  • View available products by clicking Plans & Pricing  above.
  • See what Phase you are in using Zones above.
  • Preregister today, and share this site with your neighbors and friends. (The more people who preregister in your area, the more likely you are to get service next!)
  • Stay connected, and visit often to view our Updates tab.

In order to minimize risk, SCI REMC's Board of Directors chose to move forward in a phased-in zone approach to protect co-op ratepayers and the financial integrity of the electric cooperative. Phase one construction starts in Morgan County. We expect to start construction in June, and begin connecting homes in January. We encourage all members to preregister at any time. By preregistering you are expressing interest in service. When construction is in process in your area, we will contact you to complete an order for service. There is no payment collected during preregistration. This process just allows you to complete a simple form to let us know what services you are interested in. By preregistering now, the installation fee will be waived. When the time arrives to install fiber at your home, you will simply sign a service agreement.

Zones In Construction Process

Phase One: In Service Early-to-Mid 2019 | Phase Two: In Service Mid-to-Late 2019



Zones Gathering Interest

Preregister today, and share this site with your neighbors and friends. (The more people who preregister in your area, the more likely you are to get service next!)




One step closer...

3:13pm December 6, 2018

Another milestone is complete! The fiber construction has made its way to our headquarters.



Fiber Facebook is LIVE!

8:37am December 6, 2018


SCI Fiber Facebook page coming soon!

2:23pm November 30, 2018


What Internet Speed Do You Need?

4:09pm November 20, 2018


Construction Update - Wilbur Road

2:51pm November 19, 2018

Wilbur Road Area – (Park Avenue 101 zone)


SCI REMC moved the Wilbur Road area construction up to Phase 1 to ensure our members have timely access to their REMC fiber network.

SCI Fiber crews worked over the weekend installing high-strength steel cable along Wilbur Road and Pumpkinvine Hill Road.


Crews started at our substation just north of 142, proceeded down Wilbur Road, and have now turned on Pumkinvine Hill Road heading toward 67.

Once we finish installing the steel cable, we will return to hang the fiber. The hanging process is called lashing.   

Our overhead installation process moves very quickly and should be completed in the next few weeks.

In early December, a large contingent of SCI Fiber crews will enter the area to ensure that we serve our community in a timely manner.

NEW PRICING!

12:17pm November 13, 2018


SCI Takes Part in Broadband Summit Panel

12:56pm October 18, 2018

We are glad to have been part of the 2018 Broadband Summit panel today! The event was hosted by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and was attended by more than 250 people who want to learn about how to bring high-speed internet to rural Hoosiers! These photos were taken from the Facebook page of Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.


     
    

 

WTIU (Indiana Public Media) Helps Us Spread the Word!

9:08am September 21, 2018


Flyers, Get Your Flyers!

9:00am September 20, 2018

Click here to print me and pass me out to your friends and neighbors!     



Help us spread the word!

1:40pm September 14, 2018

Pick up your SCI Fiber yard sign today!

Signs will be available in our lobby Monday-Friday, 7:30a-4:30p.
High-speed internet is coming, help us spread the word!


Next Level Connections-Indy STAR

11:19am September 11, 2018

Indy Star Article
MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) recently announced phase two of its four-phase fiber-to-the-home network, SCI Fiber, across its service territory. Construction on phase one of the SCI Fiber network began in June of this year, and phase two construction will begin in early 2019.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections announcement last Tuesday was monumental for all of Indiana, but especially the 1.3 million Hoosiers served by Indiana’s electric cooperatives. In addition to announcing funding for transportation projects that will connect the state in multiple ways, Indiana’s electric cooperatives were most encouraged by the $100 million investment to expand high-speed internet service for the rural areas of the state.

Over the last several years, Gov. Holcomb. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana General Assembly have listened and responded to the concerns of our electric cooperative consumers who struggle with basic activities. Such as the student who cannot download information to complete a research assignment; the doctor who cannot offer her patients the critical care access through telemedicine; or the small business owner who had to close their doors because they could not sell their products online.

Gov. Holcomb and other state leaders have built a strong foundation from which to advance the availability of affordable and reliable high-speed internet for all of Indiana. Last week’s announcement of the state’s $100 million investment in rural broadband is a remarkable assurance to rural Hoosiers their economic health and quality of life are important.

Indiana’s 38 electric cooperatives distribute electricity in 89 of the state’s 92 counties, or about 80 percent of the landmass. The areas of the state served by the electric cooperatives are also the most starved for quality high-speed internet service. The electric cooperatives have repeatedly been reminded by our consumers the disadvantages they experience without access to high-speed internet service hinders them in the same way not having electricity did in the 1930s.

Aside from there being a fundamental need for this essential service, a recently-released Purdue University study demonstrated the significant impact that reliable and affordable high-speed internet will have on both the state’s economy and the pocketbooks of individual Hoosiers. This study estimates nearly $12 billion in economic benefits if high-speed internet were deployed in the rural areas of the state, with a return of nearly $4 to the local economy for every dollar spent on the necessary infrastructure. This study clearly shows the return on the investment is significant and justifies a meaningful investment.

Indiana’s electric cooperatives applaud Gov. Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Crouch and the Indiana General Assembly for their continued leadership, engagement and commitment to providing solutions to an issue of urgent and significant importance to rural Hoosiers.



Tom VanParis

CEO

Indiana Electric Cooperatives



Inside INdiana Business Article

2:56pm September 5, 2018


Click here to read an article from Inside INdiana business about our SCI Fiber project.

Phase 2 Press Release

4:40pm September 4, 2018

Phase two Announced
MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) recently announced phase two of its four-phase fiber-to-the-home network, SCI Fiber, across its service territory. Construction on phase one of the SCI Fiber network began in June of this year, and phase two construction will begin in early 2019.

SCI REMC members in phase two, which passes 4,556 homes and covers part of Brown County and areas east and west of Martinsville, will have high-speed internet service available as soon as July of 2019.

“Members in phase two should encourage their neighbors and friends to preregister on our website join.sciremc.com,” said SCI REMC President and CEO James Tanneberger, “because whichever areas in phase two have the highest percentage of pre-registered members, will be the areas that get internet access first.” Tanneberger explained that while phase two is set, the first ones in phase two to get fiber connected will depend on how many people are preregistered online. “The most concentrated sign up areas within phase two will have service as soon as July of 2019, while the last sections in phase two should be connected in early 2020.”

Phase one of SCI REMC’s SCI Fiber project is already under construction and will be available to 4,190 homes starting in early 2019.

The phase one construction area is southeastern Morgan County near Cope and Taggart Crossing, northwestern Brown County near Waycross, and around Lake Lemon in Monroe County. SCI REMC members in these areas will have high-speed internet available at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second.

If they have not done so already, members in phase one still need to preregister online at https://join.sciremc.com to get free installation. As the backbone and main-line distribution fiber facilities are being completed, SCI will begin contacting members to arrange to bring fiber to each member’s home. This last major construction step is called a “drop”. The drop construction will bring fiber cable across the property to a termination point on the outside of each member’s home. Once the drop is terminated and tested, the final step is the in-home installation appointment. At the in-home installation appointment, SCI Fiber will connect the fiber cable inside the homes, set up the in-home equipment, and perform the necessary steps to begin providing services to the member.

“We started this fiber project because quality of life and economic development are tied to the availability of high-speed internet,” said Tanneberger. “Communities within our service territory are underserved, and we recognize the positive role SCI REMC can play in meeting our members’ needs.”

High-speed internet in rural areas has been a large cause, shared by several groups including the Office of the Lt. Governor of Indiana, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and local legislators.

Since 1939, SCI REMC has provided essential electric services, mostly in remote rural locations. Availability of high-speed communications and internet access in the areas they serve has today become as critical to the health and prosperity of rural communities as availability of electricity service was in the 1930s.

“Access to a high-speed internet connection has gone from a luxury to a necessity, and most of our electric members are at risk of being left behind,” said Tanneberger. “We want to make sure this does not happen.”

High-speed internet access in the rural areas means: more economic development with businesses being able to move into these areas, potentially higher property values for electric co-op members, access to advancements like tele-health, online classes and more. Additionally, installing fiber throughout the SCI REMC service territory will help modernize electric operations to meet members’ growing desires to save energy through load control and other functions that require smart infrastructure.

SCI Fiber is a division of SCI REMC, a member-owned cooperative electric power provider. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at that time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 79 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana in the form of SCI REMC.


Announcing Phase 2

12:15pm September 4, 2018

We are excited to announce the next step of SCI's Fiber project. Click the Zones tab above to view Phase 2.  

If you are in Phase 1 or 2, it is critical to pre-register to receive FREE installation.
If you are outside Phase 1 and 2, pre-registration is a factor in determining where we will go next. 

Exciting News!

11:01am August 28, 2018

Tune into our updates tab for EXCITING NEWS coming next week!!

Lashing Fiber

1:58pm August 23, 2018

Crews are out hanging fiber on Hassetown Rd. Fiber is hung by wrapping it around the pre hung strand, this is called lashing. 



Fiber is going up!

7:55am August 22, 2018

Our contractors are putting up fiber. This process is called lashing.




79th Annual Member Meeting

10:22am August 17, 2018

This Saturday, August 18 we will be hosting our 79th Annual Member Meeting. Come out and enjoy a free breakfast, receive $20 and an efficiency kit at registration, walk around to information tables, and visit our new fiber section. You will be able to pre-register for high-speed internet, ask questions, and go home with a few give-a-ways. See you there!

Hanging strand for Fiber internet

10:08am July 20, 2018


One down, 58,999 poles to go. ... Installing fiber internet in the rural parts of south central Indiana is no easy feat. The crews are putting up strand, which is sort of a guy wire for the fiber. The fiber will be lashed to the strand once all the strand is up. SCI REMC, a local electric cooperative in investing nearly $100 million to make sure its members have the same access to high-speed internet as metropolitan residents.

 


Crew Location Update

10:40am July 9, 2018

We have crews out this week on Mahalasville Road in Martinsville, and in Brown County on Gatesville Road. The crews are putting up strand, which is sort of a guy wire for the fiber. The fiber will be lashed to the strand once the strand is up.

They are inspecting all of the poles along the planned routes, checking to see if they may need to have work performed (“make-ready”) to make room for the fiber and, also, to confirm that the proposed route is acceptable. 

First lines for SCI Fiber

8:29am June 26, 2018

Construction for Fiber started June 25, 2018 off Mahalasville Rd,
and will be available to 3,754 homes in Phase 1 in early 2019.



Fiber Construction Begins!

3:50pm June 21, 2018

SCI Fiber begins construction on Phase 1


MARTINSVILLE — South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) recently began construction of a fiber-to-the-home network, SCI Fiber, across its service territory. Construction on the SCI Fiber network started this week and will be available to 3,754 homes in early 2019. The first construction area, known as Phase 1, is southeastern Morgan County near Cope and Taggart Crossing, northwestern Brown County near Waycross, and around Lake Lemon in Monroe County. SCI REMC members in these areas will have high-speed internet available up to 1 Gigabit per second. 

SCI Fiber is asking that customers preregister for service on their site https://join.sciremc.com. Once the technology is installed and tested, SCI will contact preregistered customers to start scheduling installations. At installation, SCI Fiber will connect the fiber line to homes and set up the equipment.

“Today, quality of life and economic development are tied to the availability of high-speed internet,” said 
SCI REMC President and CEO James Tanneberger. “Communities within our service territory are underserved, and we recognize the positive role SCI REMC can play in meeting our members’ needs.” 

High-speed internet in rural areas has been a large cause, shared by several groups including the Office of the Lt. Governor of Indiana, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and local legislators. 

Since 1939, SCI REMC has provided essential electric services, mostly in remote rural locations. Availability of high-speed communications and internet access in the areas they serve has today become as critical to the health and prosperity of rural communities as availability of electricity service was in the 1930s. 

“Access to a high-speed internet connection has gone from a luxury to a necessity, and most of our electric members are at risk of being left behind,” said Tanneberger. “We want to make sure this does not happen.” 

High-speed internet access in the rural areas means: more economic development with businesses being able to move into these areas, potentially higher property values for electric co-op members, access to advancements like tele-health, online classes and more. Additionally, installing fiber throughout the SCI REMC service territory will help modernize electric operations to meet members’ growing desires to save energy through load control and other functions that require smart infrastructure.

SCI Fiber is a division of SCI REMC, a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at that time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 79 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana in the form of SCI REMC.


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Construction is right around the corner!

3:50pm May 31, 2018

SCI's Fiber construction will start June 18, 2018. We expect to still have Phase 1 completed by the end of this year.

New option added to plans & pricing!

9:31am May 7, 2018

Based on member feedback and interests, we have decided to expand our service offerings to include a 500 mbps plan. Click on our "Plans & Pricing" tab to view the updated pricing and information. 

Why is high-speed internet critical to our future?

9:13am April 9, 2018

Check out this video!

Why is high-speed internet critical to our future?

Announcing Phase I Of Fiber-To-The-Home Project

2:21pm April 4, 2018

South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) kicked off its anticipated fiber-to-the-home business (SCI FIBER) today. The first areas set to receive high-speed internet services through SCI are southeastern Morgan County near Cope and Taggart Crossing, northwestern Brown County near Waycross, and around Lake Lemon in Monroe County. Construction is set to begin in June, and SCI plans to offer members in these areas an opportunity to start signing up for service at the end of the year.

At the event, State Senator Eric Koch (District 44) stated, “South Central Indiana REMC was originally formed to solve a big infrastructure problem—lack of electricity in rural Indiana. Here we are 80 years later, and SCI REMC is announcing they are solving the 21st Century problem of a lack of electricity—a lack of high-speed internet service in rural Indiana.” Koch has authored several pieces of legislation over years designed to solve the lack of rural internet in Indiana, including the bill for infrastructure development zones in 2013, the broadband-ready community bill in 2015, and the Senate-Enrolled Act in 2017 that allows electric co-ops to utilize existing electric poles for fiber installation.

“Today, quality of life and economic development are tied to the availability of high-speed internet. Communities within our service territory are underserved, and we recognize the positive role SCI REMC can play in meeting our members’ needs. A collaborative effort, I give credit to my fellow board members for their fastidious dedication to our members, and to the staff of SCI REMC for working diligently to make fiber a reality. Both were needed to make this project possible,” said SCI REMC Board Chairman Bruce Hamlin.


Phase I will include offering service to approximately 3,754 homes. The selected locations explore the many scenarios SCI will encounter throughout the construction process, including uneven terrain, both underground and overhead installations, and more, in order to put the co-op in the best position to succeed as they get the business up and running.

“We are working to fill a need in our rural communities, and in wanting to be transparent through it all, we area posting updates and frequently asked questions on a dedicated website www.sciremc.com/scifiber,” said SCI REMC President and CEO James Tanneberger. “We encourage people to visit this site often for updates, and to preregister for service, which will help us gauge interest, as well as be a factor in how our construction will progress.”

High-speed internet in rural areas has been a large cause, shared by several groups including the Office of the Lt. Governor of Indiana, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), local legislators like Rep. Eric Koch, electric cooperatives and more.

Since 1939, SCI REMC has provided essential electric services, mostly in remote rural locations. Availability of high-speed communications and internet access in the areas we serve has today become as critical to the health and prosperity of rural communities as availability of electricity service was in the 1930s. Access to a highspeed internet connection has gone from a luxury to a necessity, and most of our electric members are at risk of being left behind. We want to make sure this does not happen. We want to fulfill the cooperative’s responsibility to the community as implied by Cooperative Principle #7, which states, “While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.”

High-speed internet access in the rural areas means: more economic development with businesses being able to move into these areas, potentially higher property values for electric co-op members, access to advancements like tele-health, online classes and more. Additionally, installing fiber throughout the service territory will help modernize electric operations to meet members’ growing desires to save energy through load control and other functions that require smart infrastructure.


We're bringing fiber to rural Hoosiers!

8:21am April 3, 2018

Since 1939, SCI REMC has provided south central Indiana with essential services, even in remote rural locations. Recently, you—our members—asked us to investigate the option of providing high-speed internet to our service area. We heard you, and I am thrilled to announce the launch of SCI Fiber. SCI Fiber brings members high-speed internet up to 1 Gigabit per second. That’s 1,000 Megabits per second—100 times faster than the national average.

Fiber is known for being future-proof, meaning the fiber we install today will be able to handle increased data loads as the need for more and more speed grows. Our fiber network is also more reliable than other types of networks, less prone to interference and complications from lightning and other natural elements. Fiber also tends to raise the property value of homes by as much as 3.1%.

Every SCI REMC member who preregisters on this site will be eligible for free installation when SCI Fiber gets to their area. You will also receive a wifi router so you have the best possible wireless connection in your home or business. This will allow you to have multiple devices from desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, TVs, and more all connected at speeds that will make everyone happy.

SCI Fiber also introduces phone service! Our phone service will provide crystal clear connections, including reliable access to 911 emergency services and advanced calling features.

South Central Indiana REMC has a proud history of bringing power to the area, and we look forward to the future as we bring fiber to the communities we know and love.

Sincerely,
James Tanneberger
President & CEO, SCI REMC

Check out who's already registered!


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Robert Jarboe

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Jennifer Stierwalt

Park Ave 101
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Jeff Stropes

Phase One
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Max Holt

Hart Lake
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Jeremiah Walls

Phase One
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John Russell

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