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Belfield Area Fiber-to-the-Home Update

Belfield ND Fiber to the Home Consolidated Telcom Expansion

The USDA announced on Thursday that Consolidated has been awarded a $13.8M grant with a $4.6M match to build out the underserved area around Belfield.

We look forward to offering phone, cable TV, and high-speed fiber internet to the rural Belfield area. Visit our website below to find more information and a link to the USDA press release.

FAQ’s on Belfield ReConnect project:

How soon will work start?

Engineering and Easement/Permit acquisitions will begin Fall of 2022 (now).

Construction will begin in Spring of 2023.  Initial construction will start South of I94 and after completed will proceed North of I94.

How long will the work take to be completed?

There are multiple phases of construction:  Mainline routes, individual drops to locations, splicing and testing, and then installation and turn up of services.

This is a 2 year project to complete the entire serving area covered by the award.

When can I get service connected?

Installation of services in the South areas will begin in the Fall of 2023.

What will this project cost me?

This project is being 100% funded by a $13.8M grant from USDA and a $4.6M match from Consolidated.  Once complete, services will be offered to residences and businesses at the same rates we charge in our other service areas.  Programs like Lifeline and ACP will also be available to qualifying customers.

How do Consolidated’s services compare with Century Link or Hughes Net?

Once the fiber-to-the-home project is complete,   we will offer up to 1G symmetrical broadband service, voice service, and video service.  We are a local company with local technicians and staff available for you.

Why are we going south first?

We are starting South of 94 because there are fewer pipeline crossings.  Pipeline crossings take more lead time.  The bulk of these are in the North half and this will give us the needed time to get those crossings planned and not slow construction down.

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