Our commitment has always been to ensure every Tipmont member has access to broadband. As we near the end of electric service territory build, many of the remaining areas, or zones, are already served by an existing broadband provider.
Many neighborhood residents may be satisfied with their existing provider and do not want the temporary disruption of yards and property that comes with fiber-optic installation. It would not be a wise use of the Tipmont cooperative resources to build the fiber-optic service in areas where few residents would take the service.
We’re looking for your guidance to make an informed decision on whether or not to build our fiber-optic internet service in areas where an existing provider offers broadband service.
Mainly, you and your neighbors. This is your cooperative. You can get started by taking our fiber-optic service interest survey. We’ll take the data from that survey and begin discussions with involved members and neighborhood leadership later this year and into 2024.
While we can make assumptions based on available data, we don’t have an accurate way to know what internet speeds are actually being delivered to your home. The speed test data will help us identify the actual internet speeds being delivered to your home by your current provider.
PLEASE NOTE: it’s important to take the speed test using your home internet service under the following conditions:
- Using a wired connection to your router, if possible.
- If no wired connection is available, ensuring the device you’re taking the survey on is close to your home internet router.
- Ensuring no other devices are using your home internet connection when you take the speed test.
The fiber cable will follow the same path as the existing electric infrastructure. If you currently have underground electric service, your fiber optic cable will be buried in the same location. If your electric service is overhead, the fiber optic cable will run overhead, adjacent to the electric wire.
In high-population density areas such as residential neighboorhoods, we bury our lines as much as possible for both aesthetic and reliability benefits. The process of burying lines requires digging and trenching through yards. We hire professional landscaping crews to repair the damage. Depending on the time of year the work is done, the landscaping repairs may not be completed for several months.
If you live in Tippecanoe County, we do have plans to build in areas outside of our electric service territory, thanks to grant funding from the County Commissioners. Please visit tcfiber.wintek.com for more information.
If you live in a split subdivision where half of your neighborhood is served by another electric provider, we encourage you to show your interest as well by taking the survey on this website.