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Tue, Mar 1, 2022 4:27 PM

Rural Fiber Optic Cable

Just stopped and had a discussion with an AT&T tech working with a group of underground cable installers.  Everyone on our street here in Windsor SC was excited to finally see high speed fiber optic cable being buried.  I stopped to ask if they were putting in the cable for the entire street.   He replied that one address had paid for over a mile of fiber optic cable to be buried just so they could have high speed internet.  I asked the tech if he knew when everyone else would have access and he said he didn't know when or how long.  This is great for the one address but why wouldn't AT&T just go ahead and lay enough cable to serve the entire Cadle Crossing street since they were already burying cable?  This situation may have in fact delayed getting access for everyone even longer out of fear of being accused by this one address of being taken advantage of.  This doesn't make any sense.  I guess it's just about the money and not a community in need of high speed internet access.

JefferMC

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I had to look up where Windsor is.  My family is from Springfield/Williston, so I'm familiar with that area, but not Windsor.

AT&T will provide service to pretty much any address within their service boundaries if the owner of that address will bear all the costs of installing the infrastructure to that address.  I believe the cost is roughly $10/foot, plus a monthly fee for dedicated fiber that dwarfs what you would expect to pay for residential Internet, and typically for a lot less bandwidth, and normally the customer is under contract for some number of years.

What AT&T doesn't do is expect that their customer will underwrite the cost of installing residential fiber for that area.  For one customer, they only need a single fiber, plus some spares.  For residential fiber, they need to run at least one fiber for every 64 homes to be served, plus spares, plus the splitter cabinets, the splitters, the termination... in other words, just because they ran a fiber for one guy, doesn't mean they can hook up anyone else.

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rem71259

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Hmmm, it's roughly a mile from highway 78 which is the main road in which they put down fiber optic cable last year. At $10.00 a foot that works out to be around $52,800.00 from there to the residential address in question to have high speed internet, really?  Very strange but thank you for your response.

ATTHelp

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Here To answer your availability questions, @rem71259!

 

Thank you for the very useful information, @JefferMC!

 

To add on to what they said you can find more information on service availability under the section titled Gigabit Speeds, When Is It Coming?.

 

You can also sign up to get notified when fiber will be available in your area by filling out the following form. Just select notify me to get started.

 

Thank you for choosing the AT&T Community forums!

 

CalebP, AT&T Community Specialist 

tonydi

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Yeah, I know it boggles the mind but people really do this.  Some of us have this same discussion on a different site and someone pointed out what it cost to install a swimming pool.  Pretty similar numbers in many cases and people don't think that's strange.  I guess if you can afford it and you really need a solid, fast Internet connection at your home it makes sense.  If I were in a similar situation I'd choose Internet over a pool.

And like @JefferMC said, the monthly cost for dedicated fiber like this are orders of magnitude over what residential service costs and they still don't get the faster speeds we do.

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ATT does not make sense ever. I live in Burleson TX. The fiber optics cable goes down the side of my house on my property and supplies fiber optics to all of my neighbors.  But I have been told repeatedly that my home does not qualify for it. I receive regular notices that I need to upgrade my service that my current internet will began to be slower. My current internet totally (Edited per community guidelines). I have applied four different times for the upgrade and when it comes time to install it they cancel.  I have spoken to supervisors and installers and have not received one reason as to why. Totally sick of ATT and as soon as I find a better option will get rid of them. 

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ATTHelp

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Hi, depixler.

 

We suggest filling out the form that Caleb provided so you can get notified if and when Fiber becomes available at your address.

 

If you need help with anything else, we'll be here. Thank you for visiting the AT&T Community Forums.

 

Aminah, AT&T Community Specialist

rem71259

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You would think that a company as big as AT&T would have thought through the choice of taking one individual's $52,800.00 for Internet service.  Obviously this person felt that they had no other option but to spend this rediculous amount of money for dependable high speed internet.  You would think that AT&T would have told the individual thanks for their willingness to spend that kind of money, but let us look at the community and see if we can come up with a reasonable solution.  Cadle Crossing Rd has lots of addresses looking for viable Internet options.  The satellite companies like Hughsnet and Viasat are charging rediculouse prices for absolutely poor service.  Trust me, I know.  I made a poor decision in signing up for a two-year contract.  It was a horrible experience.  We have settled for a 60gb hotspot option with our cellular phone plan.  We have been dealing with this crap for over four years.  It's unacceptable!

rem71259

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So, an individual resident can control the county and state right of ways by having a fiber optic cable buried under the driveways of many homes to get high speed internet run to just their private residence?  All the while these many other private residences who had this cable buried under their driveways have been begging for high speed internet access for years?  Hey, AT&T, you need to explain what was stated by an AT&T tech that it runs about $10.00 a foot for fiber optic cable to be run to someone's residence.  The residence in question is about a mile from the the main fiber optic connection off of highway 78.  Are we supposed to believe that one private residence (no different than any other middle class residence) paid around $53,000.00 to have Internet fiber optic cable buried for about one mile just to get high speed internet?  This area is zoned as residential and not commercial.  Something doesn't add up.

JefferMC

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can control the county and state right of ways by having a fiber optic cable buried under the driveways of many homes to get high speed internet run to just their private residence? 

The individual doesn't control those rights of way.  The State and county do.  And the utilities are granted the access to use those rights of way to provide service to their customers, regardless of whether or not his neighbors think he should be able to purchase that.

Are his cars too nice for your highway?  Do they produce too much smoke?  Do you think he shouldn't be able to buy lobster or filet mignon, too?  (He's probably going to have to cut back on that with his Internet bill.)

rem71259

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It's not about what someone can buy.  Nobody cares.  What people do care about is a huge corporation not blinking an eye at a rediculous money grab but will turn a blind eye to the needs of a community when it comes to school children learning from home.  I guess the billions in tax payer money being shoveled out to provide dependable Internet service to rural areas isn't enough.  Just take any all money with the least amount of services rendered.  But hey, who cares.  It's just our kid's future.  What could possibly go wrong?  LOL!

JefferMC

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Go ahead and stir in some class envy with a clear-cut business decision to provide service at a profit to a customer who asks for it.  Whether or not they should be providing residential internet is a separate issue.

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