Air Advantage Fiber Optic Backbone Phase 1 & 2

Design Build — Thumb Region, MI

With funding from a Rural Utility Service Grant, J. Ranck Electric (JRE) performed this design-build fiber infrastructure build for rural Internet provider Air Advantage beginning in 2011. The first phase consisted of a 200-mile backbone loop reaching into rural communities in Tuscola, Bay, Saginaw, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Huron counties in Michigan while also connecting six Intermediate School Districts. When phase two was complete in 2014, JRE had connected 250 smaller connection points adding another 250 miles to the project. Funding and interest in the project drove the design. As funding became available, and interest grew in the affected communities, the project scope adjusted and grew as well. Design occurred as the project was installed. Working closely with the designer, Convergent Technology Partners, JRE was the prime contractor and installed or coordinated 100% of the installation, splicing, termination, and testing.

Project Details

450 miles of underground cable installed by direct bury/directional bore methods, including a river and railroad bore
Inside cabling and equipment set up
Pre- and post-testing of fibers
Handhole and cabinet installation
Conduit runs inside buildings and inside splicing
Splicing/terminations in handholes and cabinets