THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITY FIBER OPTIC BROADBAND
Find out more about the Rexburg Community Fiber Project
The Rexburg Municipal Fiber Ring
The City of Rexburg is embarking on an upgrade to its communication infrastructure by installing over 20 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the city in order to link city facilities and assets. This new fiber optic communication infrastructure will allow the city to securely monitor and access buildings, security cameras, and other remote assets in real time. This ability will allow the City to be more efficient in delivering services, reduce down times and allow City employees to be more productive.
The City of Rexburg awarded the design and management of the project to Silver Star Communications, out of Freedom Wyoming, who won a competitive bid. Silver Star will manage sub-contractors who will be installing the fiber around the city. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2022 and be completed by November of 2023.
The fiber optic cable will be installed primarily in the public right of way, or within utility easements on private properties. The cable will, in most cases, be buried 36 inches deep using directional boring, and open trenching in undeveloped areas. Handholes (in ground utility boxes) will be installed along the fiber optic route. Around 190 properties will be affected by this project.
Fiber typically lasts for several decades, and the City has taken advantage of federal funding to ensure that the fiber optic cable that is being installed is robust enough to serve future growth. Once installed, property owners should not have to worry about further disruptions to their property, other than authorized accessing of the handholes from time to time.
The City anticipates that this fiber optic project will serve as the foundation for better services in the community, as the City seeks to become more efficient.
Map of the Rexburg Municipal Fiber Ring Route
What to Expect
Before we can place the fiber in the ground or bring in construction equipment such as boring or trenching machines, we'll need to figure out where the existing underground wires, pipes, water lines, etc., are. We follow all the required procedures for having the locations marked where each utility line is supposed to be. The marking aids our construction crews to specify where they need to dig and what to avoid. You will see yellow, orange, red or blue, markings on sidewalks, streets, or even on your lawn. These are called locating marks or "locates".
Fiber optic cable will primarily be installed using two methods: directional boring, and open trenching. Directional boring will be the primary construction method used, as it has the least impact on existing landscaping and hardscape (driveways, asphalt, sidewalks, etc.) Open trenching will most likely be utilized in areas which have not been developed such as fields or empty lots.
Periodically handholes, or utility box, will be installed along the fiber route. These are to allow for access to the fiber. These handholes will be installed underground with their lids at the finished grade (at ground level). These handholes are very sturdy; they can handle the weight of a vehicle.
The contractors will repair any damage caused by installing the cable along the fiber route. The contractor will bore under paved driveways and other hard surfaces. Any damage will be repaired as soon as the conduit is laid and the fiber is pulled.