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Fiber Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

What is fiber internet?

Fiber is a technology that allows telecommunication companies like us to transmit internet and telephone signals at lightning fast speeds using optical fiber over traditional copper wire systems.

When is fiber coming to my area?

Check the locations below to see updates on our fiber progress in each area.

Who is involved in the fiber installation process?

The contractor (sometimes and sometimes a subcontractor) comes in and starts with the main roads and moves to smaller roads. Another crew then starts installing the drops to the customer’s home. There is another crew that follows behind and does clean-up and site restoration, as well as inspectors checking on all of the contractor’s work. For projects being conducted by other subcontractors, we will have personnel in the field inspecting the projects and advising contractors throughout the process.

What does clean-up and site restoration involve?

In places where the contractor performs underground work, they will fill in all of the holes, regrade, and then seed and mulch. In some cases, if the weather does not cooperate, the contractor may not be able to perform all this work right away. If this happens, the contractor will return in the spring to handle unresolved issues. We will not leave our customer’s yards tore up.

What materials are involved?

There are a number of components involved, which include:

  • ONT (on the outside)
  • Battery or Power Pack (on the inside)
  • Ethernet Jack
  • Phone Jack

What are my ONT battery options?

There are a few options for ONT batteries:

  • Power packs are utilized if you have internet only
  • The standard battery pack is free with installation and powers a landline phone for approximately 8 hours
  • Enhanced battery packs are available at an additional cost and offer up to 24 hours of run time

What does installation cost and what does it come with?

We offer free standard installation with an ONT battery or power pack, along with a free wirelesss router. We will connect existing telephone service or install new service with one phone jack. We will install an Ethernet jack in one location.

What does installation involve?

A technician will install the equipment, hook up your phones, and provide you with a network jack and a free wireless router, as close to where you'd like it in the house as possible and verify that everything works as it should before departing.
See the photos and our process here.

June 25, 2024 - General
It's been a very busy summer and we wanted to take a moment to update our fiber plans. Our contractor (GP2) is busy installing fiber drops in the Northern Tapiola, Southern and Western Chassell areas. Baraga Telephone crews are busy building out fiber in Aura, the Village of Baraga (North of M38...
August 30, 2023 - General
The 2023 construction season has been a busy one and we have a LOT of projects going on. Chassell  / Tapiola  Our contractor (White Construction) is currently installing fiber optic cable in the areas north of Tapiola and West of Chassell.  This will be a multi-year project with...
May 17, 2022 - Liminga / Stanton is please to announce that we will be constructing fiber on Rauhala and Niemi roads this summer as part of our on-going fiber expansion.  If you live in the area, you may have already seen our signs.  If you live on Rauhala or Niemi road and would like to sign-up for our...
May 17, 2022 - General
Our contractor (White Construction) is back and continuing to install fiber in the Keweenaw Bay area.  We hope to begin converting customers to fiber toward the end of summer.   Current Baraga Telephone / customers will get automatically converted (we will contact you to set...
October 15, 2021 - General is pleased to announce the next phases of our fiber conversion plans.   Keweenaw Bay - A contractor has been secured to begin the fiber conversion process this fall.  We expect the contactor to start laying the groundwork for our fiber conversion in the Keweenaw Bay area this...
October 15, 2021 - Liminga / Stanton is pleased to announce that Fiber to the Home service is now available on Holman School Road in the Liminga area!  If you live on Holman School Rd and are interested, please contact our office for information or to sign up for our fast fiber-optic service.
October 15, 2021 - Alston
Our contractor has completed most of the Alston fiber build!   They are currently in the process of testing all of the fiber that was installed.  As soon as that process is completed we will begin contacting customers to schedule their conversion.  We have several hundered...
October 15, 2021 - Skanee Area
Our fiber conversion in the Skanee area is almost complete.  If you live in the Skanee area and have not yet been converted to fiber, please contact our office to schedule your appointment. 
May 14, 2021 - Alston
It's spring in the UP, and we're excited to be getting back to work on our Alston Fiber Project. Our Contractor (White Construction) will be back in the area the second week of May and will be working to complete the coversion of everyone in the Alston are to our Fas Fiber Internet Service. ...
May 5, 2021 - Skanee Area
It's spring in the UP, and we're excited to be getting back to work on our Skanee Fiber Project. Our Contractor (White Construction) will be back in the area the second week of May and will be working to complete the coversion of everyone in the Skanee are to our Fast Fiber Internet Service....
February 5, 2021 - General
We are actively converting people to fiber in L'Anse.  If you live on any of the following streets and would like to be converted to fiber, please give us a call to schedule your appointment.  We will also be attempting to contact current customers to schedule an appointment.  If you...
January 13, 2021 - Skanee Area
We thought we'd take a moment to give everyone an update about the Skanee Fiber Project. The contractor has wrapped up construction for the season.  Unfortunately, they weren't able to get a fiber drop installed to everyone who currently has service in Skanee this year.  They will be...
September 17, 2020 - Liminga / Stanton
We have just about completed this year's project in the Liminga / Stanton area.  We have a few customers that still need to be hooked up, but expect that to happen this fall.  We're hoping to continue our expansion in this area next year.  Please check back for more updates.
September 17, 2020 - General crews are currently working to install fiber optic cable and connect customers in the Pelkie area.  We expect this to be a multi-year project and are currently working to connect customers in the Papin and Horoscope road areas.   We're also excited to announce that the contractor...
September 17, 2020 - Skanee Area
Work contiues to progress in Skanee.  The contractor has been in town for about a month now and has made great progress.  Employees from our office are starting to contact current customers to schedule a brief visit to your home in prepration for the drops being installed.  The...
April 23, 2020 - Keweenaw
We applied for funding for the Keweenaw area last year under the USDA ReConnect grant. Unfortunately, we did not receive the grant. The USDA had allocated 600 million dollars for grants, and received requests totaling 1.4 billion. The USDA strongly encouraged us to reapply for the next round of...
April 17, 2020 - General is committed to continuing to provide fast and reliable internet service. we have plans to expand our Fiber offerings within the next 8 years to include:  Aura Zeba Herman Alberta Pelkie Tapiola Alston Nisula Keweenaw Bay
April 17, 2020 - General
We've added several new neighborhoods in L'Anse. You can see the coverage area here. We have plans to further expand this summer! 
April 17, 2020 - Liminga / Stanton
The work in Liminga and Stanton will be on Canal Drive from the Houghton RV park to Liminga road and then down Liminga road as far as the E.B. Holman School. At this time we will only be offering service to residences directly on the route. We will be putting out door tags (or on your mailbox)...
April 17, 2020 - Skanee Area
A contractor will be arriving this summer to install fiber to every location in the Skanee area that currently has our phone and/or internet service. We anticipate the contractor will be finished this year, not necessarily by deer season. A lot depends on when they get here this summer and...