For Immediate Release

Winona, MN – Construction of a new Fastenal office building is requiring Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) to move a major fiber-optic service conduit.

According to HBC officials, the affected fiber conduit carries services to most HBC Customer’s homes and businesses west and north of Winona, including 9-1-1 emergency calling. HBC has been notifying affected business and residential customers and is working with local Emergency Management officials on protocols while emergency calling is disabled.

“The conduit we will be relocating provides services to most HBC Customers between Winona and the Twin Cities,” said HBC Field Operations Manager Dan Fortek. This will be an extremely critical operation as we work to move the traffic off this line without causing major service interruptions.”

According to Fortek, this move is similar to the one undertaken by HBC last fall prior to the construction of the Main Square Project in downtown Winona. He said the goal will be to make this process as seamless as possible to minimize the length of the planned service interruptions.

Fortek said the plan is to complete the project over the course of several days beginning on or around Monday, August 12, 2019. Work will be conducted over the course of five days, primarily in the early morning hours between midnight and 5:00 a.m. Weather conditions may affect the project’s timeline.

While the work will cause some service interruptions, HBC President Dan Pecarina said those will be brief.

“Our goal is to create the least disruption of service as possible for our Customers. Construction crews will be cutting over single fibers at a time. This will create a rolling service interruption affecting a minimum number of customers at a time for 30 minutes or less” according to Pecarina.

HBC will keep Customers up-to-date on the project’s process through a special page on the HBC website, www.hbci.com. The page will include information on planned outages and an updated project timeline.