Direct Contact: 406-205-4411

Know The Fiber Optic Installation Process

Know the Construction Process

Neighborhoods where we have completed such projects are: (Spring Tree Ridge, River Bend Estates, Gore Hill, Gannon Ranch, Woodland Estates, Flood Rd, Mountain View Estates, 45th Ave SW to Willowdale, Rolling Hills, and Fox Farm to Elk Dr) and were connected to the fiber optic network under the same conditions. KDS commits to bringing the main fiber optic line in the ground to the Big Bend and surrounding area and to building in the ground fiber optic infrastructure throughout this area. Homeowners are expected to bear a part of the costs to connect their homes to the nearest fiber optic infrastructure Ped/Vault which is usually located on the street where you live. Connecting your home to the nearest fiber optic infrastructure requires in-ground work on your property using two methods. We install a pipe (conduit) in the ground between your home’s fiber entry point (the NID) and the boulevard (the area between your home and the curb of the street) where our existing fiber will be installed. Plowing /Trenching: Less expensive. It creates a trench/rip in the ground. Plowing uses a blade that goes into the ground to pull conduit at a minimum of 12in and a max of 24in deep depending on the ground condition. Plowing normally leaves a cut in the sod and if no rocks underground are pushed up, it regrows within 2 weeks. This method is used if, within the proposed path for the fiber optic cable installation, there are no other utilities or existing pipes or cables that could be cut or damaged. Drilling: More expensive. The line is directionally drilled underground at a maximum of 6ft deep and a minimum of 3 feet. The only disturbance to the ground is where they go in and come out with the conduit. Least invasive installation and recommended if you have sprinklers, dog fences, special sod, etc. A fiber cable will be fed through the conduit that we installed during the conduit installation so that we can connect our in-the-ground fiber network to your home’s fiber entry point. During the ordering process, you will be able to select the “Site Survey” appointment time and date that works for you. Our technician will come out and explain how everything will be installed at your home. The Network Interface Device (NID) with the Fiber modem inside gets placed on the outside of the home. The technician will work with you to determine the most optimum path to the premise from the nearest node. He will particularly look for existing utilities that will be marked before the site survey and discuss with you any possible obstacles or lines that may be in the way to select the construction method. After the optimum path is selected, the technician will take accurate measurements of path lengths where plowing and/or drilling would have to or could be done, and let you know the price for it. He will mark a “proposed route” for the fiber conduit on the ground from the NID box to the boulevard with paint and/or flags to ensure an installation that avoids other utilities. Fiber NID Installed on a home

Know the Pricing

Effective January 2023 (Please note that the cost of materials, fuel, and labor have significantly gone up in the last 12 months) Deposit $500.00 During the ordering process and before scheduling a site survey, you will be asked for a $500 deposit which is refundable if you change your mind after the site survey, i.e. after the first step of our Fiber Optic Installation Steps (detailed below) Conduit (in the ground) Installation on your property You Pay Technique Includes Full price * $3.60/ft Conduit Plowing/Trenching fiber optic cable, ¾ HDPE conduit, and labor $5.25/ft * $7.90/ft Conduit HDD Drilling fiber optic cable, ¾ HDPE conduit, and labor $17.00/ft * $1.65/ft Direct Burial Fiber Plowing/Trenching direct burial fiber optic cable, and labor $3.50/ft * Selecting Fiber 600 or Fiber 1000 packages with the service contract will further lower the construction cost. Look at the Internet packages for details A pipe (conduit) in the ground between your home’s fiber entry point (the NID) and the boulevard (the area between your home and the curb of the street) where our existing fiber will be installed. The proposed fiber installation route will be measured during the initial site survey and the price calculated based on the preferred construction method. Direct burial fiber optic cable without installing a conduit is available. It reduces costs from the house to the street and can be installed only with the Plowing / Trenching method. Disadvantage - it is at risk of being cut during possible excavations when you forget its location or failed to call 811. Repairing-splicing fiber optic cable is costly. Its service life is shorter than the fiber cable placed in the conduit. We take no financial responsibility (please keep in mind) For any damage caused by plowing to the premise that was not marked or information not provided when the construction path was discussed and approved with the homeowner. Fiber Line Installation, Fiber Modem, Fiber Turn-Up and Optimization - Fixed price $499.00 Includes: Connecting our underground fiber network to your home’s fiber entry point. Fiber NID with Fiber modem installation. 1-3 working days to activate your fiber line and complete the backend configuration on our network that is necessary to get your service activated and ready to use. Not Included: Home Router or WiFi system. Available for purchase. Cat5-6 Home wiring We do offer financing. It requires a $200 first payment and is 24-month simple interest finance at 17%. Special offer: If the homeowner signs up for a package Fiber 600 or Fiber 1000 the financing interest is reduced to 3% during the minimum package subscription.

Fiber Optic Installation Steps

Step 1: Site Survey scheduled after the contract is signed and the deposit of $500 is received. The deposit is refundable if you change your mind after the site survey. Only at this stage. Step 2: Conduit installation from the nearest PED/Vault to the home and Network Box Installation based on the site survey plans. The homeowner will be contacted about 1-2 weeks before the planned construction on the property. Step 3: Fiber Line Installation. A fiber cable will be fed through the conduit that we installed during the conduit installation Step 4: Fiber Turn-Up, Optimization and network testing This process takes about 2 weeks and is started 1 week after Step 3 is completed. Step 5: Scheduling final service hookup/Installation. At this step, we are ready to connect your home to the state-of-the-art Fiber Optic Network!. We will schedule a final appointment with the homeowner. An on-site technician will test your fiber connection and configure it with your existing equipment.

Technical Facts

KDS is committed to providing an excellent fiber optic network with speeds currently up to 1Gbps and in the near future to 10Gbps without any additional cost to the homeowner. KDS Fiber infrastructure is 100% fiber optic based and built to support 50+ years of operation. We also design our network to provide hassle-free upgrades should the technology become more mainstream like the 10Gbps network speed. We think that by 2027, 10Gbps speeds will be the new standard that we are ready for. Currently, 100Mbps is considered the minimum for fiber optic type connection. Our minimum offered speed currently is at 150Mbps symmetrical. It means that Download and Upload are at the same rate totally independent. KDS is the only operator in Cascade County that utilizes redundant networks as well as has the lowest latency available in Montana. We take pride in providing you with the best local customer service possible because KDS Fiber is 100% locally owned and operated.