How To Reduce Cost To Bury Phone Line
Replacing a driveway and looking to move utilities (electric, cable, phone) from pole to buried. The run is about 90 feet. I need some advice on the most cost effective way to work with ATT to have my line buried. The electric company will be burying service at $10 per linear foot, can I lay conduit in the same trench for phone and cable? I currently am a phone and DSL customer but would consider moving all services to cable if they would bury for cheaper than ATT (currently not a cable customer)... Is there a competitive angle I can play here to keep my costs down? If I just lay my own conduit will ATT use it and will that save me some money. ATT is sending a tech out to give me an estimate this week, for the low low cost of $50.
Bottom line is that I am not able nor willing to pay 3 utilities $900 each to bury 90 feet of cable. Any advice is appreciated.
If you place conduit, be sure to put in a pull string/rope inside the conduit. Also the conduit has to be placed to the location on the utility end that your service is coming from, ie; pole or telco ped. They will not use it if it doesn't have a pull string in place. At minimum you would be charged the reroute charge for the bury since you are requesting existing services be moved.
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Generally for residential consumers the overhead to underground change is completely separate from any services provided. However nothing is unheard of.
The electric installation would likely include the direct burial cable they need, i.e. 4/0 aluminum or comparable copper. Material costs for phone and cable should be nowhere near as high.
When I had mine installed, the electric utility buried their cable as well as phone and TV in one trench for one fee. Whether that can happen in your situation probably depends on local practice, the metering manual and possibly regulatory rules.
When they did mine I supplied and had them bury an empty 1-1/4" innerduct for future use for low-voltage (At the time I thought fiber was coming some day ... ).
If I had it to do again, I would have had them directional drill in a 2" or larger duct for the electric and a 1-1/4 or so for the low voltage. I had it trenched and it was a hassle, but still better than overhead. The advantage to duct is that if something goes wrong or if you want to add at some point, it's much easier to deal with.
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