Maximizing Home Connectivity:
The Imperative for Contractors to Include Communications Conduit Installation
Contractors building new developments, and even single homes continually fail to recommend that communications conduit be installed inside open trench for facilities. With the national initiative to extend fiber optic Internet to every home, and the dramatic uptick in homeowners working from home, Internet providers continue to take the heat because a new house wasn’t built with communications conduit.Once the lawn is laid, the sprinklers involved, and the concrete path and driveway are laid the homeowner is ready to soon settle into their new home. It is then that they ask how to get fiber optic Internet from the pole outside of their house at the passing power poles. That is when they realize that the Internet provider asks for access to the laid conduit to the home. When it’s revealed that it was never put in while the original trench was open, the homeowner will be furious. The Internet company will immediately point to the Contractor who should have installed it along side of power.
The Contractor will quote a price to dig up the lawn, sprinklers, andrepave that will infuriate the owner. Only one person looks bad here, the Contractor for not initially suggesting the simple installation of the conduit. Some still believe that the phone company direct bury phone line is the answer, it’s not, in most cases the phone company cannot deliver adequate speeds. A few point to boring under the landscaping at a cost of 10 times what it would have been to simply install conduit.
It’s time for Contractors to realize that the Internet is as essentialto a homeowner as power, and to include a quote to lay conduit from the closest power pole or fiber vault at the street into the house on the original bid. Even if fiber optic cable isn’t currently on the homeowner’s street, it will be soon, count on it. Forbes Mercy President – Washington Broadband, INC