On Monday April 16, 2012 the MARCS White Eyes Tower was dedicated to increase radio communications to first responders in the north eastern parts of Coshocton County. The 175 ft. free standing tower is the 4th MARCS tower located in Coshocton County and was constructed on T.R. 188 in White Eyes Township on county owned property at no cost to the county. The $543,000.00 investment by MARCS is another example of partnership and cooperation with the county to benefit all.
Another benefit is Omnicity, the counties contracted wireless internet provider, is allowed to use the infrastructure for wireless broadband making this the 15th tower location used for wireless internet. Omnicity crews are pictured installing equipment on the White Eyes Tower May 22nd and after testing plan on having the new location operational.
UPDATE July 6, 2011
July 6, 2011 Stu Johnson and Dave Weddell of Omnicity attended the Commissionerís meeting and reported they had extensive lightning damage in June to the Conesville and New Castle MARCS Towers that caused some outages for several days in both locations. Crews were working to get those locations back in service and that slowed down installs to homes in June. They had a total of 4 new installs in June with 2 off the Fresno Repeater Tower, 1 off the New Castle Tower, and 1 off the Conesville Tower. The Commissionerís reminded them that 2 Safety Service locations at Jackson Twp. Fire and Three Rivers Fire Stations need installed per contract with free wireless internet. The Commissionerís office has been working with O.D.O.T. officials on the possibility of using the tower at their garage in Canal Lewisville to service these two locations.
UPDATE June 6, 2011
On May 31, 2011 Coshocton County was represented by Commissioner Fischer, Bart Winegar of Connect Ohio, Sue Shipitalo, Chuck Wiseman, and Steve Hammond of Connect your Community at the new Knox Township MARCS Tower Dedication Ceremony in Columbiana County Ohio. The 250 self supporting tower is deploying wireless internet WIMAX from Omnicity to the local school and safety services and internet to the local area with the same partnerships as in Coshocton County. The Coshocton County Board of Commissioners wishes to congratulate Township Trustee Greg Carver and all those involved in making their deployment a reality to benefit their area.
On June 1, 2011 Stu Johnson gave the following update from Omnicity at the Commissioners meeting. In the month of May they installed 13 new customers with 2 off the Conesville Tower, 5 off the Fresno Repeater Tower, 2 off the Newcomerstown Tower, 3 off the Walhonding Repeater Tower, and 1 off the New Castle MARCS Tower. Mr. Johnson also stated they have done some marketing in Coshocton County with yard signs, and door hangers and targeted coverage areas with media ads.
Omnicity with have a booth at the Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Fair Grounds and provide free WIFI for the event. Also Omnicity in partnership with Connect Your Community and the Tiverton Township Trustees has provided free WIFI service at the Township Hall in Tiverton where Free classes will be held by Connect Your Community to teach residents how to use their P.C. and the internet.
UPDATE May 4, 2011
On Wednesday May 4, 2011 Omnicity Officials Dave Weddell, Stu Johnson, Rob Contrael, and Jason Miller attended the Commissionerís meeting to give a status report and update.
In April Omnicity installed 9 new services with 1 off the New Castle Tower, 5 off the Fresno Repeater Tower, 2 off the Sharrock Tower, and 1 off the Hydrologic Station Tower.
Omnicity officials also stated they completed the install at Unusual Junction and have that business in service now.
On Monday May 9, 2011 the Commissionerís signed a lease with the State Of Ohio for the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) to allow the state to construct a 360 Ft. selfĖsupporting tower on county owned property on township road 188 in White Eyes Township. This lease permits MARCS to build this $500,000.00 investment in Coshocton County this summer to improve communications in the North Eastern part of the county and as a side benefit allows Omnicity to sub lease tower space to improve wireless internet service to that area. It also allows the county access to place 911 equipment on this tall tower at one of the highest elevated locations in Coshocton County. The county Commissionerís are excited about this lease agreement and the ongoing partnership with MARCS.
UPDATE April 6, 2011
Stu Johnson and Missy Zickel of Omnicity attended the April 6, 2011 Commissionerís meeting with the March update as follows: 16 new installs in March with 7 off the Fresno Tower, 3 off the Conesville Tower, 3 off the River View Tower, 2 off the Sharrocks Tower, and 1 off the New Castle Tower. Mr. Johnson stated they had made recent upgrades to the system and had just completed an install in Knox Township in Columbia County on a MARCS Tower. Coshocton County was happy to assist and resource with Knox Township and MARCS on several occasions on that project.
UPDATE March 9, 2011
David Weddell, Stu Johnson, and Missy Zickel from Omnicity attended the Commissionerís meeting Wed. March 9, 2011 to give the monthly update. In Feb. there were 22 new installs in Coshocton County with 6 off the New Castle Tower, 6 off the Conesville Tower, 6 off the Fresno Tower, and 4 off the W.O.S.U. Tower at River View High School. They also stated they are having a new promotion for a limited time when scheduling a new install you will receive one month free service. Contact OMNICITY at: 1-866-586-1518 ext. 126 and ask for Missy, and use promotional code CCCYC. Mr. Johnson also stated they are focusing all their resources on new installs in Coshocton County and are getting more aggressive in contacting residents and checking their locations for new service. It was also stated they are working on a tower location to hook up the last two fire stations with free internet per contract with the Commissioners.
The following is a list of deployment dates and the 14 tower locations used for the Coshocton County Wireless Internet Project:
April 27, 2009 - Helmick MARCS Tower T.R. 34 Clark Township
May 14, 2009 - New Castle MARCS Tower T.R. 113 New Castle Township
July 2, 2009 - W.O.S.U. Radio Tower S.R. 60 North at River View High School Bethlehem Township
Aug. 20, 2009 - Walhonding Repeater Tower S.R. 206 North of U.S. 36 New Castle Township
Dave Weddell and Stu Johnson of Omnicity gave their monthly update at the Commissionerís Meeting Feb. 9, 2011. They have all but two fire stations hooked up with free internet per contract and are working on a tower location to serve Jackson Twp. and Three Rivers Fire Stations. They also had 17 new installs in the month of January out of 32 request service calls. Some of these locations we not able to receive service from the present 14 tower locations serving Coshocton County. In Nov. Omnicity had 63 new installs followed by 38 new installs in Dec. of 2010. Mr. Weddell stated Omnicity will continue to be aggressive with new installs this winter.
UPDATE January 20, 2011
The Fresno Repeater Tower, a 60 ft. tower located on T.R. 172 in White Eyes Twp, went live Jan. 19, 2011. Residents in the Fresno area wanting service should contact Omnicity at 1-866-586-1518. Jon Mosier Project Coordinator reported to the Commissionerís that the Sheriffís Office repeater equipment has been installed on the MARCS Tower at Conesville. This project was made possible with minimal cost to the county with Homeland Security funds through E.M.A. and the Commissionerís contract to use the MARCS Towers for wireless internet and safety service communications. Jon Mosier stated this will increase and improve coverage for the Sheriffís Office in this area which has been a problem.
NEW FRESNO REPEATER TOWER located on Township Road 172 in White Eyes Township and overlooking Fresno went live on Jan. 19, 2011
UPDATE January 5, 2011
Bob Meissner Ohio General Manager for Omnicity gave an update at the Commissionerís meeting Jan 5, 2011. In Dec. Omnicity had 50 scheduled installs and were able to successfully hook up 38 new customers which is 76%. Fresno Repeater Tower is scheduled to have equipment installed on it the week on Jan. 10th and resident installs the week of Jan 17th. Network updates were completed with a new link from CCMH to the Courthouse.
UPDATE January 4, 2011
The Commissioners' Office has received the following schedule update from Ominicty:
Jan 4th Ė Replace link from CCMH to Courthouse
Jan 6th Ė Install equipment at Bakersville 911 Tower
Jan 11-12th Ė Fresno Tower equipment install
Omnicity will tentatively be scheduling installs for Fresno area starting Jan 17th
UPDATE December 1, 2010
Bob Meissner of Omnicity attended the Commissionerís meeting on Dec. 1, 2010 to give the monthly update. They have completed 63 new installs in the last four weeks and have had their technicians going to all tower locations to service, clean up, check backhauls, and general overhaul and update. He also stated the Fresno Repeater actual tower is installed but waiting for panel antennaís before it can be put in service.
Mr. Meissner also advised the Commissionerís that they plan on doing installs all winter and have over 300 requests to check out that are in the database. He also stated they still plan to find a repeater site on the C.R. 58 area but it will not take place till spring at this point.
UPDATE November 3, 2010
Bob Meissner Ohio Director for Omnicity updated the Commissioners on progress of the Coshocton County Wireless Internet Project. The C.R 93 Relay tower was installed Oct. 19th and residents are being hooked up to the service. The concrete foundation has been poured and the base set for the Fresno Repeater Tower on T.R. 172 and waiting for the concrete to cure. They plan on building that tower and beginning installs in the next two weeks.
Mr. Meissner stated they have been very aggressive on installs and completed 12 installs the week of Oct. 17th, 7 installs the week of Oct. 24th, and have 27 installs scheduled for this week and 10 scheduled for the week of Nov. 7th.They plan to continue installs through the winter to work on the back log of requests.
Mr. Meissnerís next scheduled update will be Dec 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Commissioners' office.
UPDATE October 25, 2010
Pictured is the C.R. 93 repeater tower on the 80 foot silo at the John Powell farm in Oxford Twp. This is the 13th tower in the Coshocton County Wireless Internet Project and was installed on Oct. 19, 2010 by Omnicity crews. The Commissionerís Office and Omnicity are very appreciative to the Powellís for making their silo available to bring this service to residents in that area. Omnicity will begin installs to customers on C.R. 93 this week.
UPDATE October 13, 2010
Bob Meissner from Omnicity attended the Commissionerís meeting on Oct 13th and gave an update on the county wireless internet project. The Fresno Relay Tower location contract for that location has been signed and installation has started and hopes to have it installed and live in three weeks.
The C.R. 93 Relay Silo contract has been completed and they plan to have that install completed by Oct. 20th. Mr. Meissner stated they completed 12 installs last week. Their goal is 15 per week and he is pushing for thatÖHe stated Omnicity is now offering internet satellite service and it is available for Coshocton County Residents. The cost is $300 install fee with a $150 rebate. They normally require residents to sign a two year contract, but they will give the resident an option if the fixed wireless internet becomes available in their area for $50 they can switch over. The cost is $77.50 per month for this satellite service. The satellite service will help fill the void where the wireless towers can not reach.
Jon Mosier Project Coordinator stated they have an install date scheduled to install Sheriffís Department radio equipment on the Conesville MARCS Tower in the next two weeks. The plan is to move Sheriffís radio equipment to all three MARCS Towers in the county to fill in dead areas in the county. The use of the MARCS Towers is at no cost to the county and was a part of the Commissionerís agreement with MARCS and Lightspeed/Omnicity.
UPDATE October 4, 2010
Omnicity Crews installed equipment on the Conesville MARCS Tower on Friday Oct. 1, 2010. Testing will take place for one week then customers in that area will be installed. The Conesville MARCS is the 12th tower in the Coshocton County Project to bring high speed wireless internet to rural Coshocton County residents. Omnicity now plans to pursue relay tower locations discussed in their deployment outline.
UPDATE September 29, 2010
Omnicity Officials reported to the County Commissionerís at the Sept. 22nd meeting that the Conesville MARCS Tower is scheduled to be installed and live on Oct. 1, 2010. The Fresno repeater tower is scheduled for construction Oct. 11, 2010 and pending a tower location the C.R.93 repeater tower is scheduled for the week of Oct. 18, 2010. Kyle Quillen is also reviewing locations for repeater towers for C.R.58 and S.R. 83 in the Keene area. Omnicity has also committed to a minimum of 15 installs per week for the next 4 weeks. Bakersville Fire Dept. is to get the free internet service on Sept. 30th per the Commissionerís contract for safety service locations in the county. Mr. Quillen also stated that they would be installing a WI-FI hot spot at the Fairgrounds Sept. 29th for public use during the Fair as was done last year. They will also have a booth there to answer questions and for install request.
Bakersville Tower: a county owned 911 tower installed Aug. 12, 2010 and the 10th in the system
Sharrock Tower: a county owned 911 tower installed Aug. 10, 2010
UPDATE Aug 16, 2010
Omnicity/Lightspeed officials have informed the Commissionerís office that 3 new towers have been installed and after testing new installs in these areas will begin in a week. The Sharrock Tower a county owned 911 tower located on T.R. 261 in Oxford Township had wireless internet equipment placed on the it and deployed on Aug.10, 2010 and is the 9th tower in the Coshocton County System. The Bakersville Tower another county owned 911 tower located on C.R. 2 in Adams Township was installed on Aug. 12, 2010 and is tower number 10. Also on Aug. 12, 2010 tower number 11 was installed in Bakersville as a repeater location tower to insure full coverage of the town.
Those interested in wireless internet service should contact 1-888-602-4807 or 1-866-586-1518
UPDATE July 20, 2010
(from Commissioners' Meeting Minutes)
Mr. Dave Weddell, Omnicity, Mr. Jon Mosier and Mr. Mike LaVigne attended the meeting to give
an update on the broadband. Mr. Weddell stated that the W-Max gear has been slow getting to us.
It should be here next week sometime, however, they are going to go ahead and put up the 900
equipment now and will go back and do an overhaul once they have the new equipment. He stated
that they are in the process of completing a tower structure weight capacity report on the Conesville
tower and will have that analysis complete within a couple weeks. They have been in the process of
integrating all customer service from LightSpeed onto the Omnicity programs. This should be
complete by next week. He is still confident that by September 1st, everything will be up and
running as it should be. Mr. Fischer asked what the estimate on the Sharrock, Bakersville and
Conesville towers are. Mr. Weddell stated that based on what he was told yesterday, the Sharrock
and Bakersville will be up and running within the next two weeks. The Conesville tower may take a
little longer due to the structure testing and the fiber at that site. Mr. Weddell requested to be placed
on the agenda the first Wednesday of each month for the next three months to give an update. The
Commissioners stated that they appreciate him doing this. The commissioners thanked him for
UPDATE June 3, 2010
Commissioners meet with David Weddell of Omnicity on the deployment schedule of county broadband wireless equipment and services. (from the Coshocton Tribune) :
Coshocton County, Ohio: Closing the Gap in Rural Broadband
Coshocton County IT Director, Mike LaVigne, recently presented a webinar with Motorola outlining the county's broadband project. Mike LaVigne was joined by Commissioner Gary Fischer, Project Coordinator Jon Mosier, and Kyle Quillen from Agile Network Builders for Q&A following the presentation. The archived webinar can be viewed from the ON24 website.
UPDATE April 19, 2010
Omnicity/Lightspeed meets with Coshocton County Commissioners (from the Coshocton Tribune):
Jason Miller Operations Director for Lightspeed Solutions gave an update on the Coshocton County Project at the Commissionerís meeting March 3, 2010. The Newcomerstown Tower #8 was installed and activated on March 2, 2010 and will begin customer installations after 10 days of testing. This tower will service the Eastern part of Coshocton County down the US 36 valley back past West Lafayette and surrounding areas. Residents in the Eastern part of Coshocton County interested in service should contact Lightspeed Solutions at: 1-888-602-4807 or www.lightspeedwireless.com and fill out the online survey.
Mr. Miller also stated that studies are being conducted on the Bakersville and Conesville Towers and a relay site on C.R. 58. He also stated that the merger with Lightspeed and Omnicity is scheduled to take place March 25, 2010 and this partnership should expedite the county project.
Feb. 10, 2010 Kyle Yoder and Jason Miller of Lightspeed Wireless the contracted I.S.P. for Coshocton County addressed the Commissioners office with an update to the Coshocton County Wireless Broadband Project. Work on Tower 8 at Newcomerstown has been slowed and is behind projected start up date due to getting electric to the tower location and access to the tower with weather conditions. All the equipment for this location is ready to go when weather allows.
Tower 9 in the system the Conesville Marcs Tower equipment is in and ready and this location will be put in service after the Newcomerstown Tower is in operation. Lightspeed stated that they have 550 customers since the first tower went up in April of 2009 hooked up to wireless service in Coshocton County.
Lightspeed also announced that Omnicity Corp, an Indiana based wireless broadband provider is in the process of buying Lightspeed and all their contracts and assets. Kyle Yoder Pres. of Lightspeed told the Commissioners this would greatly accelerate the Coshocton County Project and they are excited with what Omnicity can due for Coshocton County.
Recently the Commissionerís has been asked to give wireless broadband presentations at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. On Nov. 19, 2009 State Chief Information Officer H. Samuel Orth, III asked Coshocton County officials to speak to the MARCS TASK FORCE. Chuck Ellis of Pearl Valley Cheese who brought the lack of broadband issue to the Commissionerís office in Jan. of 2007 was accompanied by Dorothy Skowrunski former director of COTC and the first customer on the county wireless system. Also attending were Jon Mosier project coordinator and Commissioner Fischer.
On Dec. 11, 2009 Jon Mosier, Mike LaVigne County I.T. Director, and Commissioner Fischer gave a power point presentation and answered questions as Coshocton County was asked present the county wireless broadband story to Connect Ohio at the Riffe Center. From these speaking engagements Coshocton County is assisting other counties by giving them our RFP and contracts and the power point step by step 3 year process.
Dec. 7, 2009 Official Update released by Lightspeed WirelessÖ Our goal is to get two more towers up before the end of the year at Newcomerstown to cover the Eastern part of Coshocton County and the Conesville MARCS Tower. With all the service connections being installed at this time and training classes and weather these two towers are not anticipated being on line and live for service until the end of January or first part of Feb. Lightspeed then plans to activate the county 911 Tower at Bakersville.
Lightspeed officials advised Commissioners they have 7 towers up and running to date and plans are to locate on a private owned tower in Newcomerstown next to serve the Eastern part of Coshocton County and then look at the Conesville MARCS Tower. They hope to have these in service weather permitting by the end of 2009. The Bakersville 911 Tower will also be considered during this time period when they see what coverage they get in Adams Township off the Newcomerstown Tower. The Commissionerís would like to remind the public this project is being financed with private money by Lightspeed and once the backbone of the system is in service the Commissionerís and Lightspeed will address the areas that are difficult to reach with service.
Wireless Internet at
Sept. 30, 2009 Coshocton County Commissioners wireless internet provider has installed a wireless mesh network at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds for the week of the Fair. This will make free Wi-Fi Internet service available on the Fairgrounds. Lightspeed Solutions will also have a booth under the grandstands and be available to answer questions.
Lightspeed Wireless crews pictured finished installation on the water tower at the North Appalachian Experimental Watershed Facility in White Eyes Township on Sept. 22, 2009. This is the 4th main tower location for the County's Wireless Broadband Project. The Board of Commissioners were advised that testing would continue on this location for a week and than they would begin installing new customers. Connect Ohio surveys show there are 318 homes not served in White Eyes Township and Lightspeed states at present they have over 60 service orders that could receive wireless internet from this location.
Lightspeed officials advised the commissioners the special equipment needed for the Hydrologic Station Water Tower had arrived and will be installed the week of the 21st. Lightspeed crews will be installing both sectors and plan to have the 4th backbone location up and available for service very soon. Space constraints at the top of the water tower had delayed this installation while the company had been waiting on the special antennas that had to be ordered to arrive.
Tower crews install broadband equipment on the counties 911 tower at Roscoe. This location will be used as a relay from the WOSU Tower at River View High School to the Hydrologic Station Water Tower and service to CCMH clinics and future customers that need dedicated band width. Installation was completed on Aug.21st.
Lightspeed crews pictured installing equipment on one of the counties 911 locations on Aug.20th. This tower site is the Hedrick silo located on SR 541 in Bedford Twp. and the purpose of this relay tower is to provide service to Camp Echoing Hills Village. Lightspeed officials also advised the Commissioners they established a relay tower site in Aug. on SR 206 to provide service to Walhonding. Lightspeed officials also advised that the work on the Hydrologic Station Water Tower is 90% complete and are waiting on ordered equipment to arrive to finish that installation.
Pictured is the Hydrologic Station Water Tower in White Eyes Township which has been under construction the past several weeks as the 4th primary tower site in the backbone of the county broadband project. All trenching, conduit, equipment box, mounting brackets, and wiring has been in installed and waiting for special antenna equipment different than other locations due to space constrictions to arrive. Lightspeed officials stated this location presented a greater challenge than actual radio tower locations.
Lightspeed officials informed the commissioners that they plan to begin the installation process on the 4th tower location for the Coshocton County Wireless Broadband Project the week of Aug.10th. This location will be the Hydrologic Station Water Tower located in White Eyes Township. Those interested in this service are encouraged to fill out the site survey form.
Tower climbing crews install equipment on the WOSU tower at River View High School on June 23, 2009. The third tower in the County Broadband Wireless System went on line July 2, 2009 and is available for service connections as Lightspeed Solutions has over 80 request that could receive service off this tower. Lightspeed Wireless plans to go to the Conesville Marcs Tower or the Water Tower at the Hydrologic Station in White Eyes Twp. next.
Lightspeed officials reported to the Commissioners on June 1, 2009 that all is going well and they have over 60 residents hooked up to date off the Helmick and New Castle Marcs Towers. Reports from residents hooked up to the service shows they are receiving over 1.5 meg connectivity which is equal to having a T1 line at your house. They also have over 850 requests for service in Coshocton County and will address those as each new tower comes on line in your area. They plan to install the W.O.S.U. tower at River View High School next then go to the Conesville Marcs tower and on to the water tower at the Hydrologic Station in White Eyes Twp.. There will be 7 towers in Phase One of this project. Lightspeed advised the Commissioners that it is important for county residents to remember that not everyone will get coverage in the first phase of this project. After those 7 backbone tower locations are active the company will go back and identify dead spots with concentrations of request for service and attempt to get service to those areas with secondary sites used as relays. Lightspeed hopes to get over 80% coverage to requested areas and have the whole system completed by Sept. but also notes that they will work with each request to find a possible solution for everyoneís individual case.
The first two towers in the Countywide wireless deployment are now live. The Helmick Marcs Tower in Clark Twp. went Online April 27th and the New Castle Twp. Marcs Tower went online May 14th. Persons interested in Lightspeedís broadband services should go to their website
Lightspeedwireless.com and complete the
site survey form. Once the site survey form is filled out you will be contacted by Lightspeed as towers are put in service near your business or home.