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Wednesday, July 26th, 2023 1:36 AM

Yes, another "dose this seem like AT&T Fiber deployment" post.

So last spring some contractors came down our street trenching new fiber. I chatted with them a sec when they were in front of our house and they told us they were running it for AT&T and how AT&T had them "deploying fiber like crazy all over the state". I asked for the heck of it if it was for their Fiber internet service even though I know that the contractors often know nothing more than where they are supposed to deploy the fiber, for who, but not exactly why. He said yes, but sadly was incorrect. Or at least the work done at that time was not for that purpose. It turned out to be running fiber to a new 5G tower that is a few hundred feet from my house (can see it from my back deck). So my cellular data speeds on my Note 20 Ultra 5G are quite good now (anytime I run a speedtest at home now on cellular it's ~400-450 Mbps down ~50-80 Mbps up).

Anyways. After they finished running fiber down to that new cell tower, nothing happened for about a year. Not until a few weeks ago. When contractors showed back up on our street trenching fiber again. I didn't get the chance to talk to them. I'll show with images but they were trenching fiber at the start of our street and ran it directly to where our VRAD is (very close, my loop length is ~800 feet).


They also buried one of those large grey vaults at the entrance to each street as you can see on the map I made (these, this one was buried in our front yard when they ran the fiber for the new 5G tower)

I've also seen a few of those smaller green "vaults" or whatever the term for them is.

Anyways. Since the contractors came again and ran that fiber to the VRAD, and buried those vaults I haven't seen anymore activity (that was only maybe a month ago tops). But I did get this in the mail today.

I would appreciate any info/insight/opinions. Thanks!

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11 months ago

Running fiber back to the VRAD is good…

When Uverse was deployed extra fiber strands were ran for future needs, this is known as DARK fiber, deployed but not lit.

They will take some of the extra fiber strands at the VRAD, install a new box known as PFP, install splitters likely XSGON offering speeds u to 5000. The green flush boxes are hand holes or will have 30 inch pedestals installed. Orange conduit to each box, terminals installed, and fiber splicing at the PFP to connect all the fiber strands.

Likely still two to four months out but I would expect 4the quarter this year (2023) to have addresses turned green for ordering.

Is there a new box yet installed by the VRAD?

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10 months ago

No, I've been on the lookout for a PFP popping up. Last one I saw get installed was ~1-2 mins down the road on Airport rd.

Street view caught them in the middle of the process lol.

And these are the spray pain markings that were left at the entrance to the dead end street with the VRAD.
And a recent photo of the VRAD its self (it's very close, our loop length on our 100/20 VDSL2 is ~800 feet)
I'll keep checking the AT&T site of course. But I got a good feeling for sure. Just gotta be patient. I waited this long already...

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10 months ago

In some cases there actually isn't a new external PFP box placed, instead they will retrofit a crossbox (plain box usually near the vrad) with the PFP components inside of it. They may or may not be doing that here, but yeah there's that tiny chance of extra complication in figuring out if fiber is getting ready to go in your area. 😄 

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10 months ago

@Shillelagh Yea I was wondering about that. I'm guessing one of those cab's in the pick I took of the VRAD is the crossbox you are talking about. That cab left of the VRAD looks similar to a PFP to me but that has been there since at least when U-verse (now AT&T Internet) was new and first deployed here. I have seen several PFP's pop up across our town since around early last year (before that no part of our town had AT&T Fiber). 

I also saw AT&T deploying fiber seemingly installing some of the hardware for AT&T Fiber in pedestals. But in that spot they still also build a PFP right next to the VRAD. So IDK.

I also know it's normal that during this process you'll see contractors or AT&T workers come and go with months between when they come and go. So I'm guessing it's basically scheduled or planned to obviously come back and finish the deployment in our neighborhood. Just a matter of time and being patient. But I'm super thankful just know it's basically a 99% chance I'll be able to get AT&T Fiber. Can't wait. 

I'll just continue to check my account from time to time to see when it's available for order.

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