Most LymeFiber customers will choose a standard overhead connection (an "aerial drop" of less than 400 feet) that runs from a utility pole to their house or business. Some customers already have a conduit (an underground pipe) to carry other cables (electric, phone) on the path from the pole to their building.
If you do not already have conduit, but would like to avoid a new cable attached to your house, you can have conduit installed. (This is not part of the standard LymeFiber installation cost.)
If you wish to have conduit installed to your home/business, you should give these specifications to your contractor. You can also print this PDF file for your contractor. (See below for contractors who might be able to install conduit for you.)
Underground Conduit Specifications for LymeFiber Customers
- Conduit must be 2” Schedule 40 conduit
- Minimum 1 ½” with distance under 400’
- Longer distances - please contact ValleyNet (the contractor who operates the LymeFiber network) for more specific information.
- Long sweeps, no elbows (90-degree angles or “L” shapes)
- Conduit must come up at least 1 ½’-2’ above grade on house and pole and secured to pole and to house. Conduit on pole side must also come up in the same quadrant as existing services.
- Trench must be at least 18-24” deep
- 210-250 lbs tensile strength string in conduit
- No weather heads. There is too much risk of fiber breaking and interrupting service
- Conduit comes up on outside of house.
- Install a tracer wire (12-gauge copper wire, insulated) in the trench for Dig Safe to be able to locate it in the future.
LymeFiber has developed a list of contractors who assure that they can provide this service. You can download the list here.
If you are a contractor who would like to be considered for this kind of work, please read through the specifications above and contact email@example.com to express your interest.
Updated 25 June 2020