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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2019 edited
    What ho one and all,

    Not exactly a 'self build question but I'm sure someone will know more than I do.

    I live in a private road and we don't have fibre optic broadband; the only available is fibre to cabinet.

    Someone has asked me (I am on the road committee!) about installing fibre in the road. Personally, I don't need it and I think the cost will be excessive and no-one will want to pay.

    At the BT cables are in conduit along the road, then for each house, it surfaces, goes up a pole from where it 'hangs' to the roof of each house.

    If a fibre optic cable can be installed into the existing underground conduit, for those that want the connection, can it be taken up a pole and then from pole to house, just hanging?

    Thanks and toodle pip

    Openreach ran fibre on poles to our house, about 500m along a private road and a couple of km along a public road. They used the existing poles carrying the copper line. It went underground through existing ducts in a few sections. A neighbour built a new house and they ran fibre to it across the fields rather than digging the road.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2019
    Yes,we have FTTP from poles on public roads.
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2019
    Gentlemen, thanks

    I am somewhat of a Luddite when it come to acronyms; I assume that FTTP is fibre To The Property? As FTTC is Fibre To the Cabinet?

    The nearest cabinet is just at the beginning of the road so to get a cable through the existing conduit should be be a major issue. Will, to get fibre along your 500m private road, was there a charge? And if so, how much was it?

    I would assume that once the fibre is installed, each house that wants a fibre connection would have to pay, but that would be up to each householder.

    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2019
    Also interested to know what it cost to get FTTP. Around here they had to add a new cabinet. They choose to put the cabinet 1km away and run power 1km from the houses to it rather than put the cabinet nearer and run 1km more fibre. So to get FTTP we would have to pay for 1km or fibre.
    We didn't pay anything as it was part of the national fibre roll out. They would have run fibre to the cabinet but it turned out there wasn't a cabinet near enough, it was such a rural area, so they hummed and hawed and eventually just replicated the existing copper network with fibre. This did mean us waiting until 2018 to get over 1Mb/s internet though!

    Actually stringing the fibre along the poles was only a few hours work, so doubt that was expensive. The hook up at each end was much more work, but would cost the same irrespective of distance.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2019
    They did the same with us. Purchasing and installing a new cabinet was deemed more expensive than just running the fibre. Judging by the amount of coiled fibre I see in nearby locations it's a common resolution.
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2019
    Posted By: gravelldPurchasing and installing a new cabinet was deemed more expensive

    It's probably the hassle of getting planning permission for it.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2019 edited
    Posted By: djh
    It's probably the hassle of getting planning permission for it.

    They generally don't need planning permission - which is why you sometimes get stories like this: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-pensioners-fury-bt-green-5365865

    No, it wasn't published on 1st April!
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2019
    We were told it was the expense of the equipment. When you consider fibre has to be run to the cabinet anyway it doesn't make much sense for a, say, ten dwelling village.
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