Who is Getting Fiber in 2017

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Who is Getting Fiber in 2017

Did you know that over the past 2 years, Directcom has installed new fiber to about 3300 homes in Eagle Mountain? This means that a total of 7400 homes in Eagle Mountain now have access to fiber-to-the-home service. Our fiber upgrade project will continue over the next couple of years, so that by the end of 2018, essentially every home in Eagle Mountain will be fiber to the home. We will not rest until this goal is reached.

So, who is getting fiber in 2017?

Looking at the network map of Eagle Mountain, the remaining subdivisions on copper are: Ash Point, Anthem, Mt Airey, Eagles Gate, Lone Tree Copper, Mustang Copper (North Ranch), Sage Valley copper, Spring Valley copper (Mt Airey townhomes), and Rock Creek copper (includes Willow Springs, Simpson Springs and Kennekuk).

First up to join the Fiberhood in 2017 will be Eagles Gate and Spring Valley copper (Mt Airey townhomes) this summer, followed by Anthem and Ash Point towards the end of this year. We will be holding separate fiber open houses for Eagles Gate and Spring Valley residents in March 2017, a couple of weeks before construction begins. These will be informal events where the company will further outline the construction schedule and upgrade plan, and answer any questions one-on-one about how the construction will affect you, how residents can best prepare for fiber to the home, and how fiber will improve the quality of life for residents in Eagle Mountain. We will send out invitations to those subdivision residents with more details at the beginning of March.

The tentative construction schedule to upgrade the remaining 1300 homes in Eagle Mountain from copper to fiber will be:

2017

Subdivision  Construction Start  Construction End Cutover Start Project Completion
Eagles Gate March-17 Jul-17 Jul-17 Oct-17
Spring Valley March-17 Jul-17 Jul-17 Oct-17
Anthem Jun-17 Oct-17 Oct-17 Dec-17
Ash Point Jun-17 Oct-17 Oct-17 Dec-17

2018

Subdivision  Construction Start  Construction End Cutover Start Project Completion
Mt Airey Apr-18 Jul-18 Jul-18 Oct-18
Lone Tree Apr-18 Jul-18 Jul-18 Oct-18
North Ranch Jun-18 Oct-18 Oct-18 Dec-18
Sage Valley Jun-17 Oct-17 Oct-17 Dec-17
Willow Springs, Simpson Springs and Kennekuk Jun-18 Oct-18 Oct-18 Dec-18

These new construction projects are part of a greater push by Directcom to speed up the process of converting every neighborhood in Eagle Mountain to fiber.

Luxury Fiber Internet will soon be yours in Kiowa.

Luxury Fiber Internet will soon be yours.

During 2016, Direct Communications upgraded Silverlake, Kiowa Valley, Liberty Farms and Saddleback  subdivisions to fiber. Chuck McCown, Operations Manager for Direct Communications, explained that these project will be similar to the other projects completed in 2015 and 2016, in that the in ground construction work will mostly be done by utility contractors, in order to speed up the upgrade process.

However, the final splice to the home and cutover to fiber at the home will be completed by Directcom’s own techs, who will be installing Optical Network Terminals on the outside of customers homes. Another contractor, Phelps Electric will be out at the same time installing outdoor power supply on houses to power the fiber electronics on the side of the homes. Since fiber does not carry an electrical signal like copper, each fiber terminal needs a power supply to power the electronics which convert the digital laser light to an Ethernet signal inside the home.

Kip Wilson, General Manager for Direct Communications in Eagle Mountain, said that although he understands everyone wants to be the next neighborhood to be upgraded, areas are  prioritized carefully as upgrade projects for various  reasons such as:

  1. Whether the subdivision has existing duct already in the ground, which makes the capital investment cost requirement for the upgrade lower per sub,
  2. The distance from the central office to the subdivision, which can make the area more difficult to serve satisfactorily with copper,
  3. Higher number of potential customers: “We look at population density, and where we can provide the greatest benefit to the most people with the limited funding that we have available to us each year.”
  4. The condition of existing copper laid by the original property developers. Much of the original copper is in dire need of an upgrade, and where the old copper is causing the most problems for both customers and the network techs, the company will often seek to upgrade those areas to fiber first.
Buried Fiber Handhole, which will replace the old above-ground green copper PEDs. This one was decorated very nicely by a resident in the city center area.

Buried Fiber Handhole, which will replace the old above-ground copper PEDs. This one was decorated very nicely by a resident in the city center area.

Generally, yards and gardens will not be disturbed, except where existing telephone pedestals are located at the corner of property lots– these pedestals will be replaced with handholes, which will be buried and placed level to the ground, which the company hoped would be welcomed by homeowners, since having no visible equipment would enhance curb appeal of the neighborhood. Most yards do have existing conduit from the old copper pedestals to the home, so crews should be able to pull new fiber through to the side of the house without disturbing the yards or lawns.

1 Gigabit speeds will be available to customers with fiber to the home. The company is currently accepting pre-orders for fiber service only for residents of areas under fiber construction who are not yet customers. Current customers will need to call our office once the infrastructure has been completed to schedule a 3 hour cutover to fiber appointment

Network Map of Current Fiber availability in Eagle Mountain Utah

Click on the “view larger map” icon on the top right bar of the network map below, and enter your address in the search field in the google maps interface to see if fiber is already installed at your home or future home.

Yellow areas are Fiber-to-the-home. Blue areas are still copper to the home, and will be upgraded to fiber in the future. Red is under fiber construction.

3 Comments so far:

  1. […] The company will outline the construction schedule and upgrade plan for Fiber to the Home in your area, and answer any questions about how fiber will improve the quality of life for residents. The open house will be a casual outdoor setting where residents will be able to ask questions and visit one-on-one with the Direct Communications managers and key staff involved in the upgrade project. Residents are welcome to stop by our tent anytime from 4pm till 7pm. There will be displays outlining the construction plan, a typical fiber installation to each home, and the fiber electronics which will be placed in each subscribing home. We will also provide materials and tips on how to prepare to fully utilize the fiber connection to your home, like home-networking best practices and recommendations for new routers, etc. New customers will also be able to pre-register for fiber service. We invite and encourage all area residents to attend. Free drinks and snacks will be provided to visitors. Read more about the Spring Valley construction project here. […]

  2. […] The company will outline the construction schedule and upgrade plan for Fiber to the Home in your area, and answer any questions about how fiber will improve the quality of life for residents. The open house will be a casual outdoor setting where residents will be able to ask questions and visit one-on-one with the Direct Communications managers and key staff involved in the upgrade project. Residents are welcome to stop by our tent in the park anytime from 4pm till 7pm. There will be displays outlining the construction plan, a typical fiber installation to each home, and the fiber electronics which will be placed in each subscribing home. We will also provide materials and tips on how to prepare to fully utilize the fiber connection to your home, like home-networking best practices and recommendations for new routers, etc. New customers will also be able to pre-register for fiber service. We invite and encourage all area residents to attend. Free drinks and snacks will be provided to visitors. Read more about the construction project here. […]

  3. […] The company will outline the construction schedule and upgrade plan for Fiber to the Home in your area, and answer any questions about how fiber will improve the quality of life for residents. The open house will be a casual outdoor setting where residents will be able to ask questions and visit one-on-one with the Direct Communications managers and key staff involved in the upgrade project. Residents are welcome to stop by our tent in the park anytime from 4pm till 7pm. There will be displays outlining the construction plan, a typical fiber installation to each home, and the fiber electronics which will be placed in each subscribing home. We will also provide materials and tips on how to prepare to fully utilize the fiber connection to your home, like home-networking best practices and recommendations for new routers, etc. New customers will also be able to pre-register for fiber service. We invite and encourage all area residents to attend. Free drinks and snacks will be provided to visitors. Read more about the construction project here. […]