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Tue, Nov 23, 2021 4:16 PM

Fiber burial problems

My burial took place today. Based on my experience thus far and the difficulty getting my initial install something told me I better watch the process. So the burial guy is an actual ATT employee, not a contractor. Has ATT truck, ATT witch digger vehicle and ATT uniform. While running the witch digger about a foot off the end of my driveway the machine encountered concrete over pour and the fiber was broken. He said it was my lucky day then he explained to me that he had enough cable to try to reinstall it which is what he's doing now I'll update here the result. Overall I've had the worst luck with AT&T I don't understand it at all.

Constructive

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25.4K Messages

2 m ago

id like to see pictures of the truck and witch digger as all my 13 years as a construction manager we never buried or dug anything this would be a first 

JefferMC

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2 m ago

What state are you located in @HighSpeedFiber ?  Different RBOCs still have different policies, etc.

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2 m ago

Hello all, everything is finished second time was the charm. He just put new fiber over the yard and buried it a little further around my driveway to avoid any concrete over pour. My mistake I believe it's called a Ditch Witch. It's about the size of a riding lawn mower and he stands on the back of it. It has treads like an army tank. It also has an AT&T logo on it.

He commented about how every now and then he comes across a bad bunch of end pieces. He had to go through a few end pieces to get one that worked. He said he's an original AT&T employee with Bell south from the year 2000 and that at least in this area AT&T buries their own fiber optic lines. Palmetto, Georgia suburb south west of Atlanta.

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my thoughts

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18.5K Messages

2 m ago

The only region that has ATT burial is the 9 states of the Bell South region.

Not sure all markets in the SE USA have this position.

However it is a position in their union that does not exist in the other 3 CWA regions of Ameritech (Midwest), SBC (SW) and PAC-Tel (west).

The BEll South region (CWA D3) was the last purchased by SBC before purchasing ATT Long distance which allowed SBC to change the name to ATT therefore their union positions may not align with the older regions.

ATTHelp

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180.3K Messages

2 m ago

Thank you for the update, @HighSpeedFiber!

 

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JefferMC

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26.6K Messages

2 m ago

@my thoughts we just do things different down here. ;-)

spoom2

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2 m ago

However it is a position in their union that does not exist in the other 3 CWA regions of Ameritech (Midwest), SBC (SW) and PAC-Tel (west).

In looking at the CWA national website, I'd say there's many local agreements.

browndk26

ACE - Professor

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2 m ago

In Louisville Kentucky, att buries the cables as well. 

my thoughts

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2 m ago

@browndk26

Kentucky is part of the 9 states that form Bell South, basically the SE of the US which is CWA D3 region.

Ameritech is Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin which is CWA D4 except the greater Chicago area which has IBEW for the union. 

SBC 5 states is CWA D6…

CWA District 6 is responsible for supporting the CWA Locals in the states of Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Across this five state area 98 CWA Local Unions operate daily representing 63,096 workers.

Pac Tel is California, Hawaii and Nevada CWA D9…

As stated earlier the Bury Service Tech position existed prior to the purchase of Bell South by SBC. Thus the company in those states may have local employees instead of local contractors used in the other 12 states. 

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