Monday, February 16, 2009

The Phone Man Cometh

During the past year or so, Verizon has been in our neighborhood installing fiber optic cable. This past week, it was our street's turn to receive the glass ribbon. I watched as their crews slowly made their way down our street toward our house. Finally they reached our house and began digging. This is the view of our front side yard. Our cable line comes around the front of that bush back through our side yard to the back of the house. Right where they were digging. We were sure they would end up cutting our cable line and disrupting our service. To their credit they didn't, but they did leave some sort of, I'm guessing, large connection box in the middle of side yard where they are digging. Its the box just to the right of the basketball hoop pole. It took them most of the day doing several house at once. At the end of the day, they filled everything in and left.

This morning at 6:45 AM, they were back. This time to run the line across our front lawn to run a line along our side of the street. As I write this, several house have these small trenches dug in their front yards. I'm assuming they must tunnel from trench to trench, but it's hard to see what they are really doing since the trenches are waist deep. Since most of the digging is being done by hand, they are not loud or disruptive.

I suspect shortly that a Veriz@n representative will be knocking on our door to see if we want to switch from Comcast TV and Broadband to Veriz@n TV (Direct TV as I understand), their Internet Broadband Service and phone service (which we already have). It will be interesting to see what kind of deals they will be offering and whether Comcast will try to counter with promotions of their own. Stayed tuned.

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