Forked Deer Connect 2018 Recap

Construction-Pics-2 2018- Year in Review

Connect's Year in Review

2018 has been a big year for Forked Deer Connect! Each day has involved discussion, progress, decision-making, learning and taking steps toward fiber-optic service for our members. Below is a timeline showing major milestone events from 2018, as well as a few big events to look forward to in 2019.

2018 Progress 

2/1- The Forked Deer Connect Board of Directors began meeting to discuss project progress and development.

5/21- Forked Deer Connect held a kickoff meeting with our consulting group, Conexon, LLC. Conexon works with electric cooperatives, like FDEC, to help bring fiber to the homes in our rural communities.

8/17- Forked Deer Electric Cooperative officially announced the creation of Forked Deer Connect, its wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary.

9/6- Make-ready engineering, the process of examining our current system to prepare it for make-ready construction, began on this date.

9/12- Materials began arriving! Our first spools of fiber arrived on site, along with our splicing trailer. To learn more about our splicing trailer, check out this post.

10/13- Forked Deer Connect hosted their first Community Fish Fry at the Lauderdale County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Members of Forked Deer Electric were invited to enjoy lunch free of charge, preregister for services and learn more about our fiber-optic technology. Stay tuned for more community events in the future!

10/27- This date marked the beginning of make-ready construction. Make-ready construction involves examining and improving our current system to better support our fiber-optic system. Not only has this process helped in preparing for Forked Deer Connect construction, but it has also benefited Forked Deer Electric members by strengthening our electric system. 

11/13- Construction began on our fiber-optic system. Crews began framing and pulling fiber south from our Millcreek Substation towards the Double Bridges Unionville Rd area. Fiber-optic equipment shelters were also set at the Millcreek and Curve Substations.

11/14- Preregistration opened for all FDEC members. Interested members can now preregister for fiber-optic services and add their names to the list.

11/15- Forked Deer Connect submitted an application for the TNECD Broadband Accessibility Grant. We are working hard to complete this project in the most effective and efficient way possible.

12/31- Over 100,000 ft of fiber has been tested and pulled. Crews continue working at a pace that is keeping us on schedule to serve you soon. Fiber has already been pulled on sections of the following roads:

  • Double Bridges Unionville Rd
  • Cook Rd
  • Meeks Rd
  • Key Corner Rd
  • Dunaway Rd
  • Antioch Church Rd
  • Gate 6 Rd
  • Edith Nankipoo Rd
  • Hwy 88
  • WC Viar Rd
  • Charlie Lee Rd
  • Porters Gap Rd
  • Hwy 51

What to Look for in 2019 

Official Sign-Ups

-Preregistration is currently open for all FDEC members. We encourage all members who are interested to preregister for Forked Deer Connect services. If you are preregistered, you will be contacted when official sign-ups are available for your area.

Construction in Phase 2

- Although Phase 2 has not been finalized and announced yet, we are excited to move our project into additional areas in 2019. Continue checking back with us for a Phase 2 announcement!


- We look forward to serving our first customers with telephone and high-speed internet in 2019. Stay tuned for construction progress and updates. 

Forked Deer Connect appreciates your support through 2018, and we look forward to all that will be accomplished in 2019. We hope you have a Happy New Year!

For more information about Forked Deer Connect, please call 800-584-9222.

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