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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.
Phase One: In Service Early-to-Mid 2019 | Phase Two: In Service Mid-to-Late 2019
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!)
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We understand that everyone has been eagerly awaiting construction updates, and we will begin providing more consistent updates now that the weather is allowing us to install facilities on a regular basis and our contractor resources are in place.
Please understand that the size and scope of this project make it extremely difficult to provide precise timelines—and many factors can change the schedule. Providing the drop to the home is the largest hurdle that we are running into. Most notably, the weather significantly impacts how many drops we are able to complete. To minimize lawn damage, we often are not able to install the drops when the ground is saturated.
Additionally, when private facilities are not located by the property owner—our progress is markedly delayed. Examples of private facilities that the property owner must locate to avoid damage include the following: Septic systems, private electric lines, dog fences, sprinkler systems, private gas lines, etc. Please mark your private facilities to avoid damage and to speed up the project! If needed, SCI Fiber has flags available in the main office to help homeowners when marking facilities.
Public utility facilities will be located through 811 and called in by SCI Fiber contractors.
Drop Zone 1: The distribution fiber network construction is complete. Fiber drops to the home are being installed at a very fast pace. Approximately 120 members currently have service or are in the process of being scheduled for their in-home installations. The remaining drops are in the construction process. We expect to be completed with this zone by the end of June for everyone that is currently registered. Time is running out to get your free installation in this zone! If you haven’t registered yet please do so as soon as possible. Once our contractors leave a zone, a remobilization fee may apply.
Cope 104: The distribution fiber network construction is complete. Fiber drops to the home are ramping up. Approximately 40 members currently have service or are in the process of being scheduled for their in-home installations. The remaining drops are in various stages of the construction process. We expect to be completed with this zone by early August for everyone that is currently registered. Time is running out to get your free installation in this zone! If you haven’t registered yet please do so as soon as possible. Once our contractors leave a zone, a remobilization fee may apply.
Park Ave 101: The distribution fiber network construction is complete. Fiber drops to the home are ramping up. Over 40 members currently have service or are in the process of being scheduled for their in-home installations. The remaining drops are in various stages of the construction process. We expect to be completed with this zone by mid-August for everyone that is currently registered. Time is running out to get your free installation in this zone! If you haven’t registered yet please do so as soon as possible. Once our contractors leave a zone, a remobilization fee may apply.
Cope 102: The distribution fiber network construction is complete. Fiber drops to the home are expected to start in mid-June. We expect to be completed with this zone by early October for everyone that is currently registered. PLEASE register ASAP if you have not already. The scheduling and construction process is accelerated greatly if members are registered prior to the drop contractors starting in a zone.
Martinsville SE 101: The distribution fiber network construction is complete. Fiber drops to the home are expected to start in late June. We expect to be completed with this zone by the end of October for everyone that is currently registered. PLEASE register ASAP if you have not already. The scheduling and construction process is accelerated greatly if members are registered prior to the drop contractors starting in a zone.
Needmore 102, Needmore 103, Needmore 104: The distribution fiber network construction is approximately 50% complete. Fiber drops to the home are expected to start in September. We expect to be completed with this zone by the end of December for everyone that is currently registered. PLEASE register ASAP if you have not already. The scheduling and construction process is accelerated greatly if members are registered prior to the drop contractors starting in a zone.
Bean Blossom 101, 102: These zones cover a very large and rural area. The distribution fiber network construction is expected to start in August 2019. Fiber drops to the home are expected to start in December 2019. We expect to be completed with these zones by the end of April 2020.
Park Ave 104: The distribution fiber network construction is approximately 50% completed. Fiber drops to the home are expected to start in September. We expect to be completed with this zone by the end of December for everyone that is currently registered. PLEASE register ASAP if you have not already. The scheduling and construction process is accelerated greatly if members are registered prior to the drop contractors starting in a zone.
Backbone: We continue to construct backbone fiber throughout our system ahead of the distribution fiber. The backbone is used to interconnect our substations and to provide the path from the residences back to our headend. Construction is currently focusing on building backbone along the southern and northern portions of our system to create “rings”. These rings provide redundant paths from the substations back to our headend. This means that if one path, for some reason, gets cut, the system will automatically redirect traffic to the backup path and prevent a service outage.
1:49pm March 14, 2019
Construction Progressing for Fiber Project
Over 800 miles of fiber and 3,000 home installations scheduled for completion by year-end.
Construction is progressing on SCI REMC’s fiber to the home project with over 800 miles of fiber and 3,000 home installations scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. As of March 12, construction crews working in the Phase I area have installed over 230 miles of fiber, and homes are beginning to be connected. SCI FIBER plans to build the network incrementally over the next four to five years to reach its 33,000 members.
James Tanneberger, President & CEO of SCI REMC stated that “We have 25 crews working diligently to build the infrastructure and bring fiber to members. We have added more resources to connect homes in Phase 1 as quickly as possible, but the entire project will require time. We share in the excitement of our members and look forward to seeing the progress over the next few months.”
• The infrastructure is scheduled for completion by summer.
• Morgan County: Construction is complete and home installations have begun along the following roads: W. Shore, N. Shore, Locust, Old Morgantown, Conservation Club, Dillman and Cope
• Morgan County: Construction will be completed this spring and then home installations will begin along the following roads: New Harmony, Cragen, Egbert, Centennial, Plummer, Mahalasville, Low Gap, Cramertown Loop, Wilbur, Shelton, Ballinger and Pitkin
• Monroe & Brown County: Construction is in progress along the following roads near Lake Lemon: Northshore, W. Shore and S. Shore
• Construction has begun on the main infrastructure along the following roads: SR-67, Smokey, Godsey, S. Salem, W. Burma, I-69, E. Mel Currie and E. Robinson
• Construction connecting fiber to homes will begin immediately after Phase I is complete.
To learn more about the fiber project, visit www.sciremc.com/fiber where members can pre-register to express interest in the project and view construction updates. Currently, SCI REMC is waiving the connection fees for members who pre-register. SCI FIBER also plans to offer phone services and is currently in negotiations to establish a streaming service for local channels – both will be made available this spring.
8:19am January 31, 2019
Construction Update: 1/25/19
Here are construction maps showing the distribution and backbone construction status as of 1/25/2019. Drops to the homes are not shown on these maps. Orange lines represent installed fiber. Blue lines represent the steel cable before the fiber is lashed to it. Red lines represent the path of the fiber backbone that will be built in conjunction with this part of the project.
As of 1/25/2019, we have 170 miles of installed fiber and 44 miles of steel cable hung and ready for lashing up fiber. We are now showing construction progress in the areas south and west of Lake Lemon as build-out in that area is picking up now.
We are behind a bit on the roll-out of in-home installs in drop zone 1 as we are smoothing out our processes with our contractors. Once we get that process fully released, things should start to move more quickly. We expect our pace of drop construction and in-home installs to pick up in drop zone 1 starting next week, and we expect to make up ground quickly at that point. Estimated dates for installations in all other areas remain unchanged at this time.
10:46am January 24, 2019
Construction update as of 1/4/2019
Orange - built fiber
Blue - built strand
Red - planned backbone fiber.
Approximately 150 miles of fiber installed with 28 miles stranded and ready for fiber.
3:13pm December 6, 2018
Another milestone is complete! The fiber construction has made its way to our headquarters.
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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.
12:17pm November 13, 2018
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.
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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.
7:55am August 22, 2018
Our contractors are putting up fiber. This process is called lashing.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 . 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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3:50pm May 31, 2018
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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.
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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
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.
President & CEO, SCI REMC