Basics of Elevate Fiber
Elevate is a new broadband solution provided by Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), your local electric co-op. Since 1938, DMEA has provided Delta and Montrose counties with essential electric services, even in remote rural locations. Our members asked us to investigate the option of providing high-speed internet to our service area, because their current providers weren’t providing the speed, reliability, and customer service necessary for today’s world. We listened and launched Elevate Fiber—providing advanced communication solutions.
Fiber, short for fiber-optic lines, is actually tiny strands of glass that carry data (aka the internet) using lightwaves. In contrast, traditional DSL or cable connections are traditionally copper wires that transmit data using electricity. It is faster and more reliable to transmit the internet on fiber-optic lines.
Fiber is known for being “future-proof,” meaning the fiber we install today will be able to handle increased data loads as the need for more speed continues to grow. Fiber technology makes it possible to deliver internet speeds up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps, megabits per second)—this is 100x faster than what the average home or business in our area currently receives.
Fiber is more reliable than other types of network and less prone to interference and complications from lightning and other natural elements. Fiber internet also tends to raise the property value of homes by as much as $5,000.
Elevate is owned and operated by a rural electric cooperative, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA). In order to minimize risk, DMEA’s Board of Directors chose to move forward in a phased-in approach to protect co-op ratepayers and the financial integrity of the electric cooperative. Before construction begins in an area, a pre-determined number of members must preregister. This set number of members is called a take rate. This take rate ensures that DMEA will not spend money to build a fiber network in areas where it cannot be financially sustained because of lack of member demand.
By preregistering you are expressing interest in taking service when Elevate comes to your community. At the time of preregistration, no signed contract is required. When construction begins in your area, we will contact you to complete the necessary steps to take service.
There is no payment collected during preregistration. This process asks you to complete a quick form which tells us what services you are interested in for your home, business, or both.
The entire DMEA service territory is eligible for preregistration. Member interest will help drive the construction process. Your area could be next if enough interest is shown! Do not wait for us to knock on your door. Preregister today at join.elevatefiber.com.
Preregistration is open until construction is complete in your area. We encourage all members to preregister as soon as possible because community interest helps drive the construction process.
The benefit of preregistering now is to lock in your $100 installation fee.* If a community does not show enough interest, Elevate Fiber may not be installed to that community. You are encouraged to preregister now if you are interested in receiving service from Elevate Fiber.
You can change your package at any time. Preregistration only expresses your interest. It is important to know that internet service is required for Elevate phone and TV. If you choose to upgrade your plan to include phone, TV, or a higher internet speed, you will pay the listed price of your new package.
Construction and Equipment Details
Please know that the preregistration goal is only one factor in determining build plans and timelines for your community.
Once a community meets the set goals and is approved for construction, we will communicate a build timeline to all those interested in service. Construction will begin by building the network in the community, followed by bringing fiber directly to homes and businesses.
Once we have the fiber to the home or business, we will schedule an appointment to install the service inside your home or business. Installation will include all wiring and a powerful WiFi router.
From the first step until service is installed, you can expect the construction process to take 4 months.
Elevate Fiber’s cable will, for the most part, follow DMEA’s power lines. Therefore, if your electric service is overhead, your fiber service will also run overhead. If your electric service is underground, Elevate will bury a fiber cable approximately 10” to 12” deep along the same path as your underground power line.
Yes. There is a one-time, upfront installation fee of $100. Unless you’re lucky and nab a promo!
At this time, you are required to sign an initial 1-year contract. In this instant, no-strings-attached day and age, you might wonder why. It’s simple, really. Unlike other service providers who use established networks like copper or wireless, we're building a 100% fiber network from the ground up. It's the only way to provide truly high-speed, reliable service. That's an expensive undertaking.
We need to secure revenue in order to maintain a reliable network for customers like you and to continue moving the project forward. This project is a true representation of the power of cooperative, launched in response to the needs of DMEA's membership.
We need your commitment to take service for a year in order to keep this project sustainable. Of course, we think our prices, speeds, and customer service can't be beaten, so we are confident you'll keep us around for years to come!
As an Elevate Fiber customer, you will be supplied with a WiFi router that is built to handle up to 1 Gig internet speeds. The cost of the router is included in the $100 installation fee. The wireless router supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz, simultaneous dual-band. 5GHz 802.11ac certified, 802.11a/g/n compatible. 2.4GHz 802.11n certified, 802.11b/g compatible. It can support up to 64 wireless devices and 4 wired devices.
No. Elevate retains ownership so that we can support the device and any troubles you may experience. We do not charge a monthly lease. Elevate will replace the router free of charge if the device malfunctions due to manufacturer issues. If you choose to stop purchasing service from us, you are required to return your router to avoid an unreturned equipment fee.
Yes, but really, why would you? You do have the option to disable the WiFi signal on your router and only connect to the internet through your hardwired devices.
The WiFi router will bring our services into your home and support all broadband connections. During installation, our technicians will set up and show you how to use your new wireless network.
Wired connections to the router will provide the fastest speeds, but the WiFi router will also create a powerful wireless network in your home or business to ensure all devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs can connect wirelessly.
Yes. The router is equipped with four traditional ethernet ports to which you can physically connect computers and other devices.
Yes. The router Elevate provides is designed to handle state-of-the-art equipment and the fastest internet speeds available in this universe (and beyond. . .maybe).
Yes. Every home and business will have its own secure connection with passwords to access the wireless network.
Tech Support and Trouble Shooting
If you experience issues with your service, Elevate Fiber will be able to troubleshoot and remotely examine your router to determine where problems may be occurring (no cost). If needed, Elevate will send technicians to your location to troubleshoot (costs may be incurred).
During a basic installation, Elevate technicians will ensure your router is properly installed and your WiFi network is fully blanketing your home, up to 1,500 square feet. They will also help you connect 1 wired device and 1 wireless device, free of charge. Elevate can also remotely troubleshoot your router to help identify issues, at no cost. If you’d like additional assistance, consider purchasing our Worry-Free WiFi plan.
The router is connected to a battery pack which includes a convenient reset button. Press and hold the red button on the front of the battery pack for 3 seconds and this will reboot the router without having to remove any cables. The full reboot cycle can take up to 5 minutes.
Check out the list below to better understand what some of the lights on your router mean.
Power: A solid green light means your router is turned on and has power. If the light is off, the router is not powered on.
Broadband: A solid green light means your router is connected to Elevate’s network and is receiving our signal. If this light is off or red, it indicates a problem with your connection.
Service: A green light means your router is online with internet service. This light will blink when transferring data. If this light is off or red, it indicates a problem with your internet service.
WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz: A green light indicates the wireless network is on and operational. These lights will blink when transferring data. No lights indicate a problem with your WiFi.
Ethernet, Phone, USB, WPS: When the corresponding ports on the back of your router are in use, these will light up green and blink.