We wanted to give a brief update of the Tombigbee Fiber, LLC construction progress. We understand that everyone wants this service as soon as possible and the great need for it in our area. We are working every day to bring fiber internet service to our members. Please be patient with us as we bring your fiber to you!
Today, we have increased our active customers to 1,813. Remember that we previously only reached 100 customers in November, and as of January we surpassed the milestone of 1,000 customers. To date, we have built over 800 miles of fiber. Our construction pace is increasing. We have approximately 150 contractors working on this project each day. This amount is greater than the number of regular employees that Tombigbee has working hard to keep your power system operating each day.
You can check your status on Tombigbeefiber.com. We recognize that for many the reported status on this link has remained the same for some time. We understand that some customers find that fact frustrating. We are sorry that is the case. We are continuously working to obtain new and better estimates to update this information. However, we would like you to know that a great deal of work must be done prior to opening a new area to ultimately change your status. Additionally, things such as the recent ice storm can impact those timelines. The good news is that we are expecting to open some new areas in the coming weeks, and at that time will do our best to let everyone know.
If you are in the area that is currently available, I would encourage you to order service now as the install period is the shortest it has been in some time. The time between signup and actual installation will likely increase again with those new areas soon to be open. I cannot emphasize enough that if service is available in your area, now is a great time to sign up.
Our goals remain that we hope to complete phase 1, by June of 2021, phase 2 by June of 2022 and phase 3 by June of 2023.
Tombigbee Electric Power Association
Tombigbee Fiber, LLC
Scott R. Hendrix, CEO