WALL, SD – Golden
West Telecommunications will expand its fiber network in the portion of the
Clearfield exchange that is in Tripp County. Fiber allows for greater bandwidth
and speed and offers a more reliable and secure connection to the world for all
telecommunications services including phone and internet in the town of Clearfield.
The Fiber to the Home
(FTTH) project will convert homes and businesses from copper cable to long,
thin strands of glass called optical fibers. These fibers use pulses of light
to transmit data and are immune to environmental factors such as electrical
currents and water.
“Fiber is one of the
best investments Golden West can make on behalf of its members,” Golden West General
Manager and CEO Denny Law said. “Strong and secure broadband internet
connections are a necessity these days. Fiber optic technology will provide
residents and businesses in Clearfield with a seamless online experience and
new opportunities in the coming years.”
The cooperative is
working to upgrade its entire service territory to fiber within the next five
or six years. In addition to Clearfield, Golden West will also complete fiber
projects this year in rural Bonesteel, Bridgewater, Corsica, rural Enning, and
the town of Mission, including the communities of Antelope and White Horse.
Three contractors will complete the project
in Clearfield on behalf of Golden West. These include Travis Electric taking
care of wiring at homes and businesses, Ripley’s handling construction, and
RVW, Inc. covering easements, permits, and inspections. Golden West will take
care of customer service.
FTTH is a multi-stage project that can take
up to a year to complete depending on factors such as weather. Current
customers will be transitioned to the new fiber optic technology after
construction is done late in 2022 or early in 2023. At that time, customers
will be able to subscribe to the fastest internet speeds Golden West offers.
for an overview of the project, to submit questions, and fill out a form for a
chance to win valuable prizes. Please contact Golden West with any additional
questions, concerns or comments by calling 1-855-888-7777 (option 3) and asking
for the Engineering Department.
Golden West has been providing telecommunications services across the state of
South Dakota. A member-owned cooperative, Golden West provides business and
residential customers with advanced broadband internet, phone, and cable TV
solutions. We strive to exceed the expectations of our members so they can
live, work, and play in the place they choose to call home. Golden West is
proud to be an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at www.goldenwest.com.