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Monday, May 2nd, 2022 8:54 PM

Questions about Fiber Optics & Construction in My Yard

A couple of days ago, I had guys show up in my yard telling me they were doing a fiber optics installation in the neighborhood for AT&T and that we were supposed to get a paper telling us. We didn't get a paper. No big deal, though, because we already use AT&T and I like fast internet. I'm just wondering how the whole situation works. Here is the box they installed:

My questions were: 
  • Do I need to do anything for increased internet speeds, or is it automatic?
  • If I do need to do something, how can I start using fiber optics?
  • If I don't need to do anything, how long will it take for increased internet speeds to come my way? They just finished construction.
  • Will there be a cost increase for using fiber optics?
  • In the pictures, is that even a box for fiber optics?

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Former Employee

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22.5K Messages

2 years ago

That looks like a double door PFP which supports from 432 to 800+ fiber connects. If they are just starting to deploy fiber would expect 6 to 9 months minimum before addresses turned green for service. Result like 1st quarter 2023… are there large apartment / condo complexes in the area? That is where I generally see double door PFPs. 

Single doors small may support up to 225 while single door large cabinet are up to 432.

You have to order the service and have a new installation once available.

below has a good article on the process with pics

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fturbofuture.com%2Findustrial%2FFiber-optics-gigapower-network&psig=AOvVaw26jBcQn8I7qfNTyc0RBHBl&ust=1651615502788000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAwQjRxqFwoTCKjTyrzpwfcCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

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Former Employee

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32.9K Messages

2 years ago

looks like  a cross box where copper connections are made 

ACE - Expert

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35.9K Messages

2 years ago

@Constructive , I would not argue with you about such things, but how can you differentiate this from a PFP?  Because that's what I thought it looked like.

@HenriRado , as I said, this looks like a PFP to me, which is where light from a single fiber from the CO gets split into individual fibers for individual homes.  To get fiber, someone first has to bury those fibers to the homes.  There will be a bunch of directional boring and vaults and handholes installed.  Once that is all done, start checking att.com/availability to see if fiber is offered at your home.  When it is, an installer can drop a fiber from the handhole or vault to your home and then connect it, replacing the copper, which I'm assuming you have now.

Former Employee

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32.9K Messages

2 years ago

@JefferMC perhaps they are repurposing the cross box cases for fiber in some areas. havent seen em in my area though

New Member

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2 Messages

1 year ago

What if they put the box in the middle of my ditch. I’m sure it is within easement and I’m ok with it being there but I don’t need it blocking up my ditch. 

ACE - Expert

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35.9K Messages

1 year ago

That would be a storm water drainage issue.  In my state, that's an issue for the local government (county/municipality).  I would find out what the appropriate government office is for your home and ask them about the utility blocking runoff.  Unless you're afraid the blockage will back up and cause damage to your property, I'd just let them argue the problem with AT&T.  If you are afraid of that, ask the local government for guidance about what you can do.

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2 Messages

1 year ago

Thanks for the quick reply. I will head to the county courthouse and see what they say. 

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