Axiom's proposal contained some innovative cost saving concepts.
We started this effort thinking the only way to work was, with poles.
Turns out, a significant cost savings (hundreds of thousands of dollars) might be available using conduit (fiber inside) - laid on/in the ground.
- Making poles ready to accept hardware
- Repairing some poles
- Replacing some poles
- Taking responsibility for repairing what you hang on the poles (way up high)
- Annual license payment to the pole owner.
So, some communities are running fiber, where appropriate, through a very thick plastic conduit. Schedule 80 which is much, much heavier than PVC pipe you're familiar with.
- It can lay on top of the ground
- Can buried 4" or so.
- Can be micro trenched
- More accessible for repair (not -way up high)
- Better protected against Winter ice storms etc.
- Conduit can be laid by Islanders and local contractors with final connections made by professionals.
- The communities call these "Fiber Saturdays"
- No annual licensing fees.
- Requires cooperation from land owners
Not that it is the perfect solution but -it is another technique to consider