September 27, 2021
Cooler days are on the way, and network construction is heating up. We expect that environmental authorities will soon be issuing a number of wetlands permits. Once permits are issued, additional Sertex crews will ferry over to begin underground roadside construction and pole work. In the meantime, crews will continue contacting residential property owners to plan and install conduit drops.
If you’re a seasonal resident getting ready to close your property for the winter and you haven’t yet been contacted about conduit installation, no worries! Sertex will work with you remotely to plan your underground conduit path so you don’t have to be on site during the installation.
If all goes as expected, we anticipate that the island-wide network should be installed and operating by Fall 2022. Customer installations could begin as early as December 2021, continuing through Spring/Summer 2022. On the website’s Fiber Network page, you can view or download a graphic of what a typical fiber installation looks like, both outside and inside a home.
The island has been divided into 11 Fiber Service Areas or FSAs, which will be completed and activated in the order dictated by permitting. Click here for a link to the latest project schedule. This timeline reflects best estimates for activities beyond the control of Sertex or the Town, such as permitting, pole licensing, and possible supply chain disruptions. The schedule will continue to be updated as the project moves forward and more information becomes available.
</p>Our recently updated BroadbandBI website provides a wealth of project information including answers to frequently asked questions, preliminary subscription pricing, detailed information on the phases of construction, and construction updates.</p>
If you have additional questions about the Block Island Broadband network project, please email Sertex Customer Service.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this complex, multi-phase construction project.