Air Link Rural Broadband has received funding through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund to provide high speed, low latency internet to all of rural Howard County. To accomplish this, Air Link will be building a state of the art fiber optic network. This network will stretch out to most parts of rural Howard county, and deliver speeds that in the past were only available in the most urban and developed areas. Enter your address in the "Find address or Place" section of the map below to see if fiber coverage is available in your area.
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Right of Way FAQ
1What is a right of way?
The “right of way” is the land on which a public road is built. This type of easement is reserved for transportation purposes as well as granting a utility the right to use, access, or transit a piece of property. This could benefit another person or parcel of land you do not own. The right of way is the right for anyone to pass through a portion of your land that may be considered public.
2Where are the boundaries of the right of way on my property?
Right of way boundaries vary widely by road. This could be 30 feet wide or potentially over 100 feet in some cases.
3What utilities may be located in the right of way?
Electricity, telephone, water, gas, petroleum products, sewer, drainage, fiber optic, & more. These may be located above or below ground.
4I don’t want fiber internet; why is a vault still placed in the right of way in front of my house?
A fiber optic network is like an interconnected spiderweb that must pass through certain areas to get to homes that do want service. Fiber is considered a utility. Like a power company, you don’t have to utilize their services, but there will still be power lines in the right of way in front of your home to reach others who do.
5A vault has been placed in my yard & bare dirt is now exposed. What will Air Link do to restore my yard?
Construction is messy work. We have a crew that will come through post-project & reseed grass, lay straw, and resolve any other issues that have transpired during the construction process. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.
6Why is fiber so important for the community?
Fiber is an incredible opportunity for economic growth in your community! A fiber connection goes so much further than simply allowing homes to stream & game at high speed for low costs. According to BroadbandNow, only around 17% of Howard County residents have access to internet speeds above 25mbps. Air Link is excited to offer speeds up to 1 Gig! - Residents now have more job opportunities in remote work offering “big city pay” with the benefit of small town cost of living. Housing is more appealing to homebuyers this way as well as on average increasing home values by up to 3%. - College students have the option of online classes while elementary & high school students can learn online in the midst of COVID restrictions. - Rural healthcare providers can easily access hospital records, consult with specialists, speak with remote patients, & enhance their ability to treat & diagnose patients. - Homes with poor cell signal can use a fiber connection to enable wifi calling or VoIP home phone services which could be life saving in an emergency situation.