Sertex Broadband Solutions has deployed equipment, materials, and personnel to begin construction of the island-wide broadband network on Block Island.

Sertex Broadband Solutions Mobilizes Rhode Island’s First Fiber Network Buildout on Block Island

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Equipment and Underground Construction Materials Arrive On-Island; Aerial Construction Awaits Completion of Engineering and Make-Ready Work; BroadbandBI Website Launched

 Plainfield, CT – February 8, 2021… Despite rough seas, winter winds, and limited ferry availability, Sertex Broadband Solutions - the leading regional expert in fiber optic infrastructure deployment - has mobilized equipment and transported thousands of feet of micro duct conduit onto Block Island in preparation for construction of the new island-wide broadband network, the first publicly-owned/privately-operated fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in Rhode Island.

The Town of New Shoreham (TNS) Island-wide broadband network is in its early-stage make-ready and late-stage engineering phases. Following preliminary design work completed in December and January, underground drop construction to residences and businesses is expected to begin soon.

Sertex engineering professionals are mapping out the route the fiber will travel across the island. The make-ready stage requires local utility and telecommunications providers to reposition equipment on the pole lines to make room for the new fiber optic cabling.

Underground drops to individual properties will be planned in geographical waves. Coordination is required with property owners before any construction can begin in order to secure permissions for access and authorization of the drop route. To facilitate communication with Block Island property owners, Sertex and TNS launched a new website, BroadbandBI.com. Property owners and businesses are encouraged to visit the site to register for a fiber optic drop and later to subscribe for high-speed Internet and phone service.

“Sertex is proud to partner with Broadband BI to bring reliable high-speed Internet service to Block Island residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Michael Solitro, Sertex President and CEO. “We We anticipate building 62 miles of underground drop footage to connect the island. Coordination with Block Island property owners is essential to begin construction. By encouraging people to register early, our goal is to make as much progress as possible during the winter and early spring before the busy summer season begins.”

The Town of New Shoreham and Sertex have partnered to deploy the first publicly-owned fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in Rhode Island. It will use four strands of the submarine fiber optic cable that connects Block Island to the mainland. With an $8 million capital expenditure authorized by the Town, the network will provide residents and businesses with access and choice for high-speed Internet and phone service with multiple plans from 25 Mbsp to 1 Gbps with no data usage limits or caps.

Once completed, the island-wide project will involve 41.6 miles of backbone construction, including 38 miles of underground cabling and 40 miles of aerial cabling. Sertex Broadband will design and construct a redundant link with multiple, geographically-diverse cables feeding the network so service is not interrupted if the primary fiber cable is damaged. The network will be built with all Corning products, allowing Sertex to provide the manufacturer’s 25-year warranty on all installed equipment.

For more information, call Sertex Broadband at 860.317.1006 x 115 or email getconnectedbi@sertexbroadband.com.

About Sertex Broadband

Sertex is an expert in fiber optic infrastructure deployment in the Northeast. For over three decades, we have provided leading-edge services to telecommunication, utility, and municipal customers. The vision of Sertex Broadband Solutions is to deploy fiber-to-the-home networks in unserved and underserved areas and deliver gigabit-speed internet access to every home and business. Our model of publicly owned/privately operated networks is affordable and scalable with future-proof fiber technology. For more information visit www.sertexbroadband.com.

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