Wednesday, January 07, 2009

LUS Announces Installation Policies

The final segment of Terry Huval's presentation at last night's Council meeting focused on the actual installation. That provided a comforting bit of solidity to the proceedings.

When fiber is available in your area during the "controlled rollout" you'll be notified via a distinctive mailer. (See scan @ right.) You'll want to quickly call up the number on the notification card and ask for service. Installation takes place in two visits: an exterior and an interior visit. The exterior visit gets the cable from the street to your house near the electric meter where a box not much larger than the meter will receive the fiber and reroute the signal to your TV, computer, and/or phone. Another small box containing a backup battery will also be installed. Huval showed a mockup of the arangement during his presentation. That's the meter to the left, the new ONT (optical network terminal) at the upper right, and the battery pack in the lower left of the accompanying picture gleaned from the video stream at UStreams. (click either image for a larger—though not necessarily clearer—version.)

In the simplest of cases, where you're just replicating the existing phone and analog cable services, the coax will be attached to the new LUS box and off you'll go. Most installations, however will require an interior visit. If you've purchased digital cable or internet services LUS will have to come back and do an interior install. Digital cable will require a set top box and internet will require at least one cat5 or cat6 cable drop to carry the ethernet/internet signal that emerges from the box on the exterior wall. That old modem that you generally rented from the cable company won't be necessary. An ethernet cable carry internet signal emerged from that old modem and plugged into your local computer, wifi, or router. The new ethernet cable from LUS will plug in to the same device without an intervening modem (or its expense). All that will be free. But if you want a full ethernet network installed or multiple new coax wiring for TVs there will be a fee schedule.

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