2023 April Construction Update
4:00PM May 01, 2023
Mainline Construction - the first step in building HomeWorks Connect's service through an area. This step involves installing the fiber cables that carry internet service across our service territory. Once the fiber cables are hung on the lines or buried underground, many more steps must take place before homes can be installed so, although mainline construction being completed is exciting, it doesn't mean that your home will be installed within a few days. Your home installation may still be weeks or months out. For an update on your specific location, you are always able to call our office at 800-668-8413.
Splicing - this is the process that connects fiber cables together. Since fiber cables are made of glass, a splicer's job is to melt the glass strands together so that the light that carries your internet service can travel where they need to go. There are two main types of splicing that must be completed: mainline splicing and drop splicing. Mainline splicing takes place between large fiber cables on the mainline while drop splicing is the process that connects your home to the mainline. Once your drop is spliced, your home installation can be installed.
Drop - The drop is the piece of fiber cable that connects the mainline to your home. These typically follow the path that your electric service takes to get to your home and if an alternate route is needed, a site plan may be required before the drop to your home can be built. Once your drop is built, a second crew will come to splice the drop and finally, you will be called to have your home installation scheduled.
Knott zone - This has been completed and issued for drop construction.
Diamond zone - This has also been completed and issued for drop construction.
Pearl zone - Mainline construction has been completed but splicing the mainline is still ongoing.
Vandecar zone - Construction has been completed and splicing the mainline is still ongoing.
Littlefield zone - Mainline construction is 75% complete. We have moved a second contractor into this area to help wrap things up more quickly.
Evergreen zone - Mainline construction is 91% complete and we're hoping to begin splicing soon.
Drop production has been going but we're working on increasing crews to maintain consistent production.
A second drop contractor has been engaged and is now working.
We've begun to bury the temporary drops that were built this winter.
We've begun scheduling 14 appointments per day for our installers.
City of Portland:
Westwood zone - Field engineering has been nearly complete. Designing the network for this area will begin soon and we'll start boring conduit into the ground within a few weeks.
Market zone - We've begun field engineering this area.