Re: Fairly Clever idea....
said by KrK:Will probably work in 0.01% of actual installations...
Simple, effective.... faster and cheaper.
.:|:. aztec being aztec...
Re: Much easier than slit cuts in lawn? From previous experience and knowledge, if the cable, be it copper drop or fiber drop, is not buried or meeting aerial clearances across driveways and yards, it provide much work and overtime pay for the repair troops.
Just think of the driver who messes up backing out of the driveway and runs over the drop, or snags it on the vehicle and drags it around.
This is not a lot different that the drop being laid on the ground, while waiting on the contractor to bury it, except it will never be buried. Not a good plan, saves initial installation money, but adds to repair costs.
Re: Much easier than slit cuts in lawn? Exactly. It just sounds like a bad idea. My guess is, its just a patent, not something they will actually use. Probably the result of a brainstorming idea. Although, this highlights what's broken with our patent system... that's patentable... seriously???
Stupid First, how often is it that your driveway is on the same side of your house as your utility drops? Second, how often does someone accidentally back a car over the edge of your driveway and onto your lawn, which would probably damage this cable? Third, how annoying will this be if you have to mow around it with a lawn mower, then come back again with a weed whacker (which both will probably damage the cable eventually like Karl said)? Fourth, don't you already have to bury edging to some degree to get it to stay in place on the ground? Google's never heard of frost heave either apparently?
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Re: If it helps competition, do it
said by rody_44:Are you saying Verizon contributes $70 toward the cost of burial? Or that they only charge that much?
FWIW verizon pays around 70 dollars to bury a drop and that includes under driveways and sidewalks. Doesnt include the drop but either does this method. Its assinine to only pay 70 dollars but its even more assinine to do this. A cell phone blocker and a pair of snips and your alarm and ability to call for any help in emergencies are out the window. It would be like putting a sign out saying burglars welcome.
I paid to have my utilities put underground by the power utility. They have a deal with AT&T and Time Warner, so they put in phone and cable in the same trench. I then had to pay AT&T separately to run the new cable up the pole and into the NID on my house. That cost me around $70 to $100 I think.
I understand the security concerns, but nearly every home around here currently has overhead service, which is even easier to "snip". This happens occasionally but not at any overwhelming rate. Besides, cell phones are nearly universal, so unless there's a major disaster or civil emergency at the time of the break-in, this is not even as much of a concern as it would have been a few decades ago.
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