on March 01, 2019 Insider Update Sign Up Zones

Subscriber Update #7: The Fiber Zone Map

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We have heard your requests and are excited to announce we have a new zone map uploaded on our website! This new map replaces the now outdated fiber ring map as we move from connecting our substations and constructing our fiber backbone to building out zones and connecting customers to our fiber network. Read on to find more information, including the link to the map, and frequently asked questions about our zones.

How to Read the Zone Map

Areas in green are open for service sign-ups now. Keep in mind this is just the beginning, so stay tuned as we open more zones and continue to add more green to the map. Each time we open a new zone we will update this map, so consider it the go-to guide of where we are currently offering services. If your area isn’t green yet, know that we are working as quickly and as safely as we can to bring you our services.

Each major zone that is opened will be announced on our social media pages as well as to OEC members and update subscribers located within the zone. You'll never have to worry about missing out when we open your zone to sign-ups - we will contact you via email and direct mail when we're ready to get you online. Make sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@OECFiber) to stay in the loop about each major zone announcement we make.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Please take a moment to read through the following questions and answers about our zones and the zone map. We see these questions the most frequently, so we hope this provides a better understanding of our zones as we continue to build and open more zones to sign-ups.

Why zones?

Dividing our territory into zones helps our crews connect certain areas to OEC Fiber services as the main line in that area is ready. Our zones follow the electrical path in most instances, which can seem pretty random and be a bit confusing. This is a giant project, so breaking up the construction into smaller areas helps us with the overall project's management.

What if I'm not in one of the green zones? When will you be in my area?

Just because you aren't in an open zone right now doesn't mean service won't be available to you sooner rather than later. We will be opening up service in areas throughout our service territory as soon as we can, which may end up looking pretty random. Also, we won't slow down the build out while we are connecting other subscribers to our services - we will have crews working at full speeds throughout our territory to get fiber services to your area as quickly as possible.

What if I'm just outside of a green zone? Can I still sign up?

Not quite yet. We know it can be frustrating to be so close to an opened zone, but there is a method to the madness. Many times, being on the border of an opened zone means you are on a different electrical path in that area. We can't just loop you into the opened zone because it doesn't work with the system design. 

How come my neighbor can sign up but I can't?

Since our zones follow the electric path in most areas, there are often times some houses or businesses can sign up but others nearby can't. This doesn't mean we're skipping you, however! We appreciate your patience and understand how confusing it can be, but we are often still working towards your area. Be sure to sign up for updates to stay in the loop with information about your specific location. You can also spread the word to your neighbors to sign up for updates.

How will you know to come to my neighborhood?

Signing up for updates and spreading the word to your neighbors is the best way to make sure we'll be coming to your neighborhood when we're ready to install fiber in your area. If there is a lot of interest surrounding your home or business (which is determined by mapping those signed up for updates), we will know that you’re waiting on us to make it to you. This helps us bring you service faster, so make sure to spread the word to your neighbors and friends!

How quickly can you get here?

How quickly we make it to your home or business depends on many, many factors. Our entire system build out is essentially a huge construction project, so variables like weather can impact our timelines. We assure you that we are working as quickly as possible to safely bring our services to your street. Remember, our entire system will take 5-7 years to build out and we'll have enough line to stretch all the way from OKC to Athens, Greece when we're all finished!

Finally, the map!

You can find the new zone map by clicking the button below. For future reference, this map is also found in our 'Get Updates' menu option on the OEC Fiber website. As we have mentioned here, this is just the beginning and we will continue to update the zone map with more green as we continue to build out to reach OEC members throughout our service territory. We appreciate your excitement and patience as we continue to take high-speed internet where no one else will!

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Kayla Brandt

Kayla is the OEC Fiber Creative Director