If you are a high speed Internet customer with Pioneer, you will no longer need a modem. Better yet, you will now have access to more bandwidth allowing you to increase your internet speeds. Other than that, everything should stay the same. 

Customer FTTP Migration Steps

Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) provides internet access by running fiber optic cables from our office directly to your home or business, facilitating faster speeds. Fiber optic cables need less servicing overall and provide the quickest data possible. To integrate Fiber into your home, it is necessary to complete the following steps:

1. Engineering & Staking

2. Main Line Conduit Construction

3. Service Conduit Construction

4. Main Line Fiber Installation

5. Service Drop Fiber Installation

6. Main Line Fiber Splicing

7. Service Drop Fiber Splicing

8. AC Power Connection (ONT)

9. Install ONT/Turn-up Services

10. Schedule Transition of Customer Services

11. Complete Transition of Customer Services

Yes, a box called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) will be mounted on the exterior of your house. It contains the electronics that convert a signal of light from the fiber into usable phone and Internet. The ONT measures 12˝ x 10˝ x 4.˝ In addition, there will be a box installed at your home or business to supply power to the ONT. This box will also contain a battery back-up in case of a power outage. It measures 9.25˝ x 6.25˝ x 3.5.˝​

Pioneer has already begun the process of installing fiber-optic cable to homes and businesses throughout our service areas. We plan to continue construction and fiber build across our exchanges. Service activation will happen in phases and you will be contacted prior to the upgrade of your fiber connection. If you would like for your area to be built out in the next phase, please call us to let us know and have your friends and neighbors do the same!​

Don’t be fooled! It is true that most cable and DSL networks use some fiber. In these networks, the fiber carries the signal close enough to homes so that copper can carry it the rest of the way. However, this approach requires expensive, difficult-to-maintain electronics at the point where fiber meets copper. The available bandwidth is far less than an all-fiber network. And these halfway approaches do not allow symmetrical bandwidth – cable and DSL systems can’t upload information​

We have no reason to believe that innovation in Internet applications and services will ever slow down – in fact, all signs point toward their acceleration as high-definition video, telemedicine, distance learning, telecommuting and many other broadband applications come to market. Only fiber to the home is going to be able to deliver the bandwidth we are going to need far into the future.​

​Fiber to the home networks are now available to nearly one-fifth of North American households, with more than seven million of them connected and receiving Internet, voice and/or television service via FTTH.​

Currently, Pioneer has converted Ulysses, Hugoton and Lakin to Fiber. 

Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cable enables enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers, both now and for many more decades of accelerating bandwidth demand. While cable modems generally provide transmission speeds of anywhere between five and 50 megabits per second on the download (and are generally much slower when uploading), current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, with 10 gig systems now coming to market and even higher bandwidth fiber networks now being developed. Further, while cable and DSL providers are struggling to squeeze small increments of higher bandwidth out of their technologies, ongoing improvements in fiber optic equipment are constantly increasing available bandwidth without having to change the fiber. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “future proof.”​

Optical fiber is a hair-thin strand of glass, specially designed to trap and transmit light pulses. The fiber uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal. It is unique because it can carry high bandwidth signals over long distances without signal degradation, and it can provide those signals simultaneously in both directions – upload and download. Copper media can also carry high bandwidth, but only for a few hundred yards – after which the signal begins to degrade and bandwidth narrows. Optical fiber has been used in communications networks for more than 35 years, mostly to carry core telecom traffic from city to city or country to country.​

Fiber to the home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires or coaxial cable. Fiber to the home is a relatively new and fast growing method of providing vastly higher bandwidth to consumers and businesses, and thereby enabling more robust video, internet and voice services.​​