By Chris Schweitzer, Auburn Essential Services
AES continues to expand into new neighborhoods in the region. Most recently, we’ve received a number of unsolicited inquiries from residents in Diamond Lake Estates, located along CO RD 64. Extending fiber to Diamond Lake Estates, which is outside of our current service area, will involve a significant upfront network investment.
A Solid Investment
Based on this initial level of interest and communication, we immediately began investigating the costs to bring AES services to Diamond Lake Estates and the homes en route to it. Our construction team has completed the fiber design and solicited bids for local contractor involvement in the underground construction.
Given the observed need for a local, reliable service provider option, we’re willing to make the investment to further expand our fiber network. We believe with enough interest, there is a long-term return on the community investment—both for us as well as for potential subscribers in the underserved area.
Because of the large upfront investment outside of our native Auburn Electric territory, subscribers in this subdivision would pay a small, temporary Fiber Loop Charge, so the costs of laying the fiber could be spread out over time. This fee is projected to last 10 years or less, allowing AES to recoup some of the capital investment.
AES Needs to Hear from You
Between now and August 31, we’d like to hear from area residents interested in subscribing to AES services. Please call us at (260) 333.0100 to discuss the services in which you may be interested. This will help you understand actual subscription costs and allow us to gauge the true level of interest in AES and our phone, Internet and TV services.
AES—Your Community Network
As we have with every other expansion, we’ll approach this one very intentionally—seeking to make a decision that is in the best interest of our entire subscriber network. Because AES operates as an extension of the City of Auburn’s electric department, we strive to be good stewards of our finances and operations. If there is enough interest, bringing AES services to Diamond Lake is a solid investment for both AES and our future subscribers. We hope we have the opportunity to serve you and be “Your Community Network.”