Boring and Pulling Pipe
To get started, our crews typically begin boring in your neighborhood. Boring is how we get our pipe from one point to another without destroying the existing ground or obstacles on the ground that are in between the two points. We can even bore under driveways, sidewalks, and fences.
Our fiber path follows existing electrical paths in most areas, so this means our lines may need to run through existing easements in your front, side or back yard depending on your property’s location.
Pulling Fiber and Setting Pedestals
Once our pipes are in place, we can then begin pulling fiber through. This helps put fiber throughout the neighborhood to create the backbone of your future connections.
We also set fiber pedestals throughout the neighborhood during this step. Fiber pedestals house and protect branches of fiber, making it easy to access the cables when it’s time to pull fiber to your home or office.
Once we have pulled fiber throughout your neighborhood and into fiber pedestals, we can then begin splicing. Splicing is extremely important because the quality of the splice determines the strength of the light traveling throughout the fiber network. The stronger the splice, the stronger the light will be, which means a stronger connection for you once you’re connected to the network.
After the fiber network has been fully built in your neighborhood following steps 1-3 above, we will come back to clean up. Construction can be messy at times, but we will work to restore any affected areas of your yard or neighborhood once we’re finished. We may need to make multiple visits to your area before we finish steps 1-3 above, but you can rest assured we will come back to put everything back the way it was.
We have also included more information about locating non-utility lines on your property below. Feel free to call our contractor, Trans-Tel, at (405) 310-0796 with any questions you may have.
I see a cable hanging low. Is this an OEC Fiber cable?
On OEC Electric poles, OEC Fiber cable will be the top cable in the Communication Lines section (see image below). Any cable below the top cable will be associated with another communications provider.
How do I get internet to a secondary building (e.g., shop, garage, trailer) on my property?
Call OEC Fiber (405-217-6868) to set up a site survey. Our site surveyor will walk your property with you and help evaluate whether a second service point needs to be established or if a network cable can be installed, sharing service between the two buildings.
1.) Network cable option: If your secondary building is less than 300 feet away from your OEC Fiber service point, we may be able to install a Cat5E (ethernet) cable. This cable will start from your primary location’s modem and run underground to your secondary building. This process allows us to hardwire a wireless Wi-Fi extender within your secondary building.
2.) Second service point option: If your secondary building is over 300 feet away from your current OEC Fiber service point, we will need to establish a second service point.
I plan on doing a project that requires digging in the area where my fiber line has been buried. What do I do?
Two key steps need to be taken:
1.) Submit a dig ticket through the OKIE 811 website: Click here
– This free service will send a locator out to your property to mark (using spray paint or mini flags) any underground public lines that may get in the way of your project.
– If a contracting company will be doing the digging, it is their responsibility (by law: https://www.okie811.org/thelaw/ ) to submit the dig ticket on your behalf.
2.) If locator markings show that your OEC Fiber line could be compromised during your digging project, please contact the OEC Fiber Control Room at 405-217-6868 to get a quote on re-routing your fiber line.
The OEC Fiber cable on the outside of my house got damaged. A technician installed an above ground, temporary cable. When will this cable get buried?
On average, a permanent fiber cable will be buried 2-3 weeks following the date of your temporary repair. This job is weather-dependent and may get rescheduled accordingly. If a specific date is preferred, we will do our best to collaborate with you to find the best solution.