For Immediate Release (10/24/2018)
Winona, MN – Crews wrapped up the first night of work on the HBC fiber relocation project at around 4:30 am this morning. The remainder of the work involved will be completed tonight between the hours of 12:30 am and 5:00 am.
HBC Field Operations Manager, Dan Fortek, said last night’s work went as expected and without incident.
“Things went very well last night. While there was a minor equipment issue, everything we had hoped to accomplish last night was completed,” Fortek said. ”We are expecting to wrap up the remainder of the work tonight.”
HBC needs to transfer HBC customers from fiber-optic cables running through the Hardee’s block onto a new fiber-optic cable to facilitate construction of the Main Square Winona development project.
For Immediate Release (10/23/2018)
Winona, MN – The work of transferring HBC customers to a new fiber-optic cable will begin tonight. The work is required to facilitate redevelopment of the former Hardee’s block. HBC has two fiber trunk lines buried in the block which must be relocated.
Moving those fiber lines will involve the cutting and individually re-splicing thousands of tiny fiber-optic strands, which are about the size of a human hair. HBC Field Operations Manager, Dan Fortek, said work will occur the next two nights beginning at 12:30 am and continuing until around 4:00 am. HBC Customers living east of Main Street will be the only Customers affected by this work.
“We will be conducting the cut-overs as seamlessly as possible in an effort to minimize service outages,” Fortek said. “We will have two teams of technicians working both nights in order to have services reconnected as quickly as possible. Customers can expect their services to be down between a half-hour up to 45 minutes.”
The entire relocation project is expected to be completed by 5:00 Wednesday morning.
For Immediate Release (10/20/2018)
Winona, MN – Development of the former Hardee’s block is requiring Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) to move a major fiber-optic conduit.
According HBC officials, the affected fiber conduit carries services to most homes and businesses east of Main Street in 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.
“This will be an extremely critical operation as we work to move all traffic off this line without causing major service interruptions” said HBC Field Operations Manager Dan Fortek. “Our goal will be to make this as process as seamless as possible and minimizing the length of these planned service outages.”
Fortek said the plan is to complete the project over the course of two days beginning in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Work will be conducted primarily in the early morning hours between midnight and 4:00 am. According to Fortek, intermittent outages of 30 to 45 minutes can be expected while work is being done. Weather conditions may affect the project’s timeline.
While the work will cause short service interruptions, HBC President and General Manager Dan Pecarina said the construction will offer an opportunity to make some network enhancements.
“One added benefit from this project will be the direct fiber connections to downtown businesses and greater access to fiber on the east end of Winona,” according to Pecarina. “This conversion will allow for additional service enhancements to Customers in that vicinity.”
HBC Customers will be able to stay up-to-date on the project through announcements on the HBC website, www.hbci.com during the duration of the work.