Getting Tachus Fiber into Your Neighborhood
February 3, 2023
Having access to a blazing-fast Fiber Internet connection is an incredible asset. Being able to experience up to 1,000 Mbps with no slowdowns, data caps, or throttling will forever change the way you look at Internet service. But unfortunately installing it and making it available to you can be a long, complicated process.
It can feel like it’s taking forever for a Fiber network to be built out to your home, and the construction process is never an easy one. But in the end, you’ll see that it’s well worth the wait. In this post, we’ll discuss the steps we take each time we expand our network and what you can expect out of each stage.
Opening Your Neighborhood
Our goal is to bring you Fiber Internet as soon as possible. We track communities that have expressed interest, which you can do by entering your address on our site.
If You Live In a Gated Community
If you live in a gated community, the steps above apply to you as well. However, we will also need to get in contact with your HOA board. Because we're a utility company, we have agreements with the county to build along your front right-of-way. In the case of gated communities, however, we need to get permission from the HOA board before we can begin construction. Even if enough residents have signed up and prepaid, we still cannot bring Fiber into a gated community until the HOA enters into an agreement with us. To make this process faster, feel free to share your HOA board's contact information with us.
The Construction Phase
Once enough residents in a neighborhood request service, we begin planning the construction phase. We spend a lot of time developing a construction plan for your community and work with local authorities on permitting and similar issues. In the case of multi-family apartment buildings, gated communities, private roads, or any other form of private property, we have to separately secure the rights to plan and perform construction.
Before we can bury our Fiber in the ground or get our drilling equipment involved, we have to figure out where the existing underground utilities are located. To do this, we call Texas811 and start a process that involves utility locators and utility companies locating and marking the existing utility lines buried in any area where we plan on digging. If you see flags and paint of various colors on the front right-of-way, that’s how you’ll know our Fiber Internet is about to be built on your street. It’s important that you do not move any of the markers utility companies are leaving in the right-of-way; doing so could result in a utility line being struck.
There are two parts to our construction phase. In the first, our crew uses a directional bore machine to place conduit in the ground along the right-of-way of each street we plan to bring our service. Conduit is what we call the thick cables that contain and protect the Fiber. Because our crews use directional boring to install the conduit, the effect their work has on the terrain is minimally invasive, leaving the ground’s surface undisturbed. This process also involves installing a small, buried access hatch, called a flowerpot, in front of each home.
This part of the construction phase is always going to be an uncomfortable process, and we try to make it go as smoothly as possible. If one of our contractors does end up damaging your property in any way, call us at 832.791.1100 without delay and we will promptly coordinate repairs. Our crews don’t know where your sprinkler systems, landscape lighting, or any pet fences you may have are placed, so please let us or the crews know of their location to avoid any damage to them. The second part of the construction phase is where we bring the Fiber to your neighborhood and make the final preparations to connect it with Tachus Internet. This is done by pulling the fiber through the conduit and feeding it along your street’s right-of-way. The fiber is then spliced and connected back to the Tachus cabinet.
Installing Tachus Fiber in Your Home
After the construction phase comes the installation. First, the drop bury crew runs the house Fiber drop from our connection to your home’s flowerpot, and then bury it in microduct up to the side of your house. On average the Fiber is buried about 4 - 6 inches and811 does not need to be contacted due to this not being an excavation. Prior to this would be a good time to flag your sprinklers, dog fences, and landscape lighting to facilitate the drop bury. You should also have your current provider mark your service line. On your actual installation appointment, the fiber will then be connected to your home.
If you registered early, we reach out to you by email to schedule a window for your home installation. From there, one of our technicians brings the Fiber into your home. You would need to be home for this process, as our technician would need access both to the inside and outside of your home. During the appointment, the technician installs a small utility box on the outside of your home. This utility box will connect the Fiber that has been placed outside of your home to your Tachus modem, which our technician will install inside or outside your home.
Once that happens, you will finally have access to our blazing-fast Fiber Internet. It’s a long process, but it’s worth the wait. Our Fiber connection is not only fast, but it’s also reliable, durable, and free of any slow-downs, throttling, or data caps. You’ll wonder how you were ever able to use anything besides Tachus fiber to connect to the Internet.
Interested? Get started by requesting service below!