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When will Consolidated Communications expand fiber internet in Citrus Heights?

By Mike Hazlip—
Consolidated Communications’ ongoing roll-out of high-speed fiber internet service in parts of Citrus Heights isn’t fast enough for some residents.

The company has been building the infrastructure for the service, called Fidium, throughout the region since 2021, according to Consolidated Communications Senior Manager of Public Relations and Media, Nichole Elton. The most recent construction was completed in March, she said.

The service is currently available to more than 9,000 homes and small businesses in Citrus Heights, and a map of the coverage area published by Consolidated Communications shows the service is available in areas on both sides of I-80 near Antelope Road. The map extends as far north as Whyte Avenue and as far south as Misty Wood Way in the Twin Creeks neighborhood.

One resident who contacted The Sentinel said he’s been on the wait list for more than a year and has pre-ordered the service “several times” after receiving his first email notice. He expressed frustration “with the lack of quality internet service alternative to Comcast/Xfinity.”

Elton said Consolidated Communications does not have any additional construction planned for the remainder of 2023, and has not yet released its build plan for 2024.

The service boasts internet speeds up to two gigabits per second, depending on the service plan. All plans include a WiFi gateway, Whole-home Attune app, network monitoring, and free installation, according to the company’s website. Prices range from $55 to $75 per month, for the first two years.

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