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Utility Easements: Understand Your Rights

Tipmont has built over 2,000 miles of fiber-optic line since 2019. Our network delivers the fiber-optic line directly into the back of your modem, ensuring that you have 100% fiber-optic service from start to finish.

To build our fiber lines, we need to access portions of privately owned property. Easements are agreements with the property owner that grant utilities such as Tipmont Wintek permission to build, access and maintain our infrastructure.

We’ve received calls that other companies are building infrastructure on private property without contacting the property owner. For example, several members have reported concerns about Spectrum/Charter Communications building new communication infrastructure on private property near Darlington. If a company accesses or builds infrastructure on your property without a private easement, they may be in violation of Indiana law.

Public vs. Private Easements

If you are a property owner, it’s important to know your easement rights.

Public easements grant the general public the right-of-way for highways, roads or other thoroughfares. Private easements give rights to a specific individual or entity and are used for accessing your property (known as ingress and egress). Tipmont obtains or already has private easements when necessary to install utilities and services across another’s property and to repair infrastructure when required.

Tipmont will never access or build on private property without a proper easement. And, we will always make every effort to contact the property owner prior to building new infrastructure. As your local electric co-op, we will always act in your best interests.

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Rob Ford

Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015. Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.

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