2023 August/September Construction Update
11:37AM September 08, 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.
Our mainline member buildout is now complete and we're connecting homes in every zone. We're now focused on mainline buildout in the City of Portland. Read below for information on how that's going:
Has been completed for all HomeWorks member zones.
Creating drops in all zones, averaging 90 per week over the past few months.
Averaging around 70 installs a week.
City of Portland:
Westwood zone: Mainline construction is 90% complete and splicing is right behind that.
Market zone: Mainline construction is 75% complete and we hope to start splicing soon.
Looking Glass zone: Mainline construction started mid-August, and we're hoping to complete mainline before the end of September with splicing to follow behind.
Oakwood zone: Field engineering has been completed and the network for this zone is now 40% designed.
Overall, City of Portland is going good. Looking forward to making first connections soon.