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Alistair Robertson 113/05/2021 19:41:31
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A local farmer friend was relaying a tale to me regarding a Fibre Broadband cable that passes along the side of several of his fields.

It began in early 2019 when he was told he would have to allow access to his fields to allow machinery to install a new Fibre Broadband cable between local villages. Broadband speed locally is very good already so he just thought it was a further upgrade.

The cable was to be carried on over 100 new wooden poles. The job started and there were no real problems and the contractors did not get in the way of his farm operations until they came to a halt about 50 meters from the farm leaving a reel of fibre cable about 1500 meters long hanging from the last pole.

He thought they wouldl be back to install the rest of the poles and complete the job but nothing happened and as the cable was in the way and he was concerned that some of the farm equipment might tangle up and damage the cable. When he contacted the company they said there was a slight delay and they would get back to him as soon as possible.

Well nothing was happening during the Pandemic but he enquired again and was told that the job was due to be re-started in 2027-28

Was that great forward planning or an almighty ****up!

larry phelan 113/05/2021 20:02:13
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If that was down my way, I think most of those poles would be long gone by now, and the cable with them.

You see, we have what are called "Travellers" over here, who can and do remove anything which is not nailed down, and even then ! Helps to tidy up the place, sort of !

Oven Man13/05/2021 20:23:37
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Posted by larry phelan 1 on 13/05/2021 20:02:13:

If that was down my way, I think most of those poles would be long gone by now, and the cable with them.

You see, we have what are called "Travellers" over here, who can and do remove anything which is not nailed down, and even then ! Helps to tidy up the place, sort of !

There is no value in it. It's fibre (glass) not copper.

Peter

Mikelkie13/05/2021 20:38:07
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Posted by larry phelan 1 on 13/05/2021 20:02:13:

If that was down my way, I think most of those poles would be long gone by now, and the cable with them.

You see, we have what are called "Travellers" over here, who can and do remove anything which is not nailed down, and even then ! Helps to tidy up the place, sort of !

Larry it sounds if you in South Africa somewhere.

Martin Kyte13/05/2021 22:01:11
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Posted by Oven Man on 13/05/2021 20:23:37:
Posted by larry phelan 1 on 13/05/2021 20:02:13:

If that was down my way, I think most of those poles would be long gone by now, and the cable with them.

You see, we have what are called "Travellers" over here, who can and do remove anything which is not nailed down, and even then ! Helps to tidy up the place, sort of !

There is no value in it. It's fibre (glass) not copper.

Peter

Some years back the whole of Leicester went off line as some dimwits stole the fibre cables thinking they were copper. I'm sure it's not the only time

regards Martin

Clive Hartland13/05/2021 22:06:55
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I bought the house in 1999, wife decided she wanted cable tv so enquired to the cable company with the nearest installation. Wife was told that there was no plan to lay more cable for 5 years so thats why we are on sky.

It is now 21 years since we enquired and they have not yet done anything, we are just 50 meters from the end termination.

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