said by Sweettxchick :
... how does this fiber optic stuff work?
... be able to get the uverse in a month or two or do we still have to have some sort of cable wire already in our yard?
The fiber optics typically run only between AT&T equipment and sites, not to your home. There are exceptions but those are generally new developments. Salespeople will always mention fiber optics though.
The connection to your home is usually existing copper.
You can try to follow the cable that serves your home all the way to the wire center/central office. Easier if it's an aerial cable, harder if it's underground.
If there is a new green or tan box located near or along that path, you may be in luck.
The relevant terms are VRAD and VDSL. You can search on this site and elsewhere for VRAD photos. That's the green or tan box you want to see near your home. Last I recall there's a tall tan one, a short tan one, and a short green one. Not to be confused with crossboxes, which can be all kinds of shapes but are usually much skinnier than a VRAD.
VDSL is the technology that makes it possible for AT&T to provide TV, phone and internet over copper phone lines.--
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