Fiber to R-Corner – Rockland Valley

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Fiber to R-Corner – Rockland Valley

On July 29, 2015, Posted by , With Comments Off on Fiber to R-Corner – Rockland Valley

Direct Communications exchange area also covers the area north of Rockland, going towards American Falls. After completing the build out of fiber within the town of Rockland, our crews are branching out and expanding fiber service to customers living along the rural highways north and south of town. The goal for 2015 is to build north to the “R- corner” – the fork in the road where a big letter R sits on the side of a hill, and  Rock Creek Road splits off from the Rockland Highway.  Soon people living north of town will soon be able to receive Gigabit speeds. Once the build to the R Corner is completed, this new fiber line will also be able to serve a remote cabinet installed at the R-corner, which feeds DSL service over the existing copper to customers further north along Rock Creek Road. After plowing in the conduit during the summer of 2015 from town to R-corner, during the winter our techs are blowing in the fiber cable through the conduit. After the fiber is all in place underground, the splicing crew will begin the task of splicing the fibers (which is done by melting individual strands of glass together at splice points) to connect each home back to the main office.

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Brant prepares to bury fiber conduit up the hill to the Permann home.

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After plowing in the conduit during the summer, during the winter our techs blow in the fiber cable through the conduit.

After plowing in the conduit during the summer, during the winter our techs blow in the fiber cable through the conduit.

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Dan, Lucas and Brent prepare the fiber cable to be fed underground.

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Fiber is fed into the conduit at a handhole.

 

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Jason prepares to splice the fiber drop from the home into the main distribution fiber cable. The splicing is done inside a specialized trailer which must be free of any dust and climate-controlled to ensure a clean fusion of the glass strands.

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Fiber cables meet inside the handhole. The thin orange tube is microduct which protects and houses the fiber going to the home.

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Single strand fiber cable which is used to carry light signal to a single home.

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Splicing fiber during December snowstorms along the Rockland highway.

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Jason preparing to splice the fiber drop to a home along the Rockland Highway

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