By now you’ve heard about fast, reliable fiber internet from TWN Communications. Ever wonder what it takes to go from first learning about it to officially being connected?
Building the fiber network and bringing fiber-to-the-home involves several steps. Read on to discover how the connection process works and for an estimated timeline of when you can expect service. Please note that this timeline may be affected by your specific location, weather, material availability, etc.
Step 1: Network Construction
We have to build the network backbone prior to running fiber lines to your property.
First, T4 fiber lines must be installed. These are usually in the air and run parallel to co-op utility lines. T4 fiber is miles and miles long and creates a ring to connect Optical Distribution Networks (ODNs).
Next, crews must continue building the network foundation. This involves distributing, hanging, burying, and connecting aerial and underground fiber lines to establish a physical point-to-point internet connection that can transmit data at fast speeds.
Once the network backbone and distribution fiber are complete, crews are ready for T1 drops, which is where fiber lines are run to individual properties.
Step 2: Sign the Underground Agreement
While TWN crews are busy building the foundation, it’s important that you sign the Underground Agreement!
Signing the Underground Agreement is the starting point for initiating fiber internet connectivity. It does not obligate you to sign up for service, but rather gives TWN permission to visit your property to prepare your home for fiber internet service in advance of network availability. You can sign the Underground Agreement today at twncomm.com/heartland/ or by calling 833-727-5563.
Step 3: Fiber Placement Marking
After you have expressed your interest in fiber internet by signing the Underground Agreement, field crews will visit your property to mark the proposed fiber line route to your home, as well as the location of your Network Interface Device (NID) outside.
These markings help construction crews determine the path your fiber drop will take and how much will be needed for your home. If the proposed route does not work for you or interferes with any buried structures, please call 833-727-5563 immediately to have it changed.
Step 4: Fiber Line Bury
Three to six months (sometimes sooner) after fiber path confirmation, crews will arrive at your property to bury the fiber line to your home. You do not need to be present for this step to be completed.
During this step in the construction process, it is TWN’s intention to take the most efficient, least invasive route possible. Crews will be sure to restore your property to its original state after burying your line.
Step 5: Outside Equipment Placed
One week to two months after your fiber line is buried, a specialized crew will return to your property and will place a small box called a NID on the outside of your home typically near your electrical meter. This box will hold the fiber connection.
While you don’t need to be home for this step, you do need to provide free and clear access to the box mounting location.
Step 6: Select Your Plan
After the outside equipment is placed, TWN will contact you to schedule your indoor home installation. At this time, you will also select your internet plan based on your household’s needs.
From the light surfer to the fully connected family, TWN has a variety of plans to choose from. With residential speeds from 25 Mbps to 1 Gbps*, your perfect plan is waiting. Visit twncomm.com/heartland to see fiber internet plans that are available in your area.
Step 7: Home Installation
The final step in the connection process is the home installation. During this step, a technician will run a fiber cable inside your house and connect it to another small box located near your Wi-Fi router known as the Optical Network Terminal, or ONT. When the ONT is hooked up to your Wi-Fi router, you are officially connected!
Bringing fiber-to-the-home is a process. It’s hard to wait, but with a little patience, you’ll be enjoying the fastest, most reliable internet in town.