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FastBridge's construction process varies depending on each neighborhood's layout. It generally involves digging small pits to locate existing utilities on both sides of driveways and using equipment to tunnel underneath them. Conduit is placed within public rights-of-way, and laterals are positioned under the sidewalk into small underground boxes at lot lines, facilitating future customer installations.
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Construction timeframes vary based on the neighborhood's terrain, area geography, weather conditions, and other construction processes. FastBridge aims to complete construction as efficiently as possible. For updates on service availability in specific areas, registration is available on FastBridge's website www.fastbridgefiber.com. Registering does not commit to FastBridge's service but enables receipt of updates.
In recent years, FastBridge identified a need for advanced internet services in many regions. After evaluating several markets, FastBridge chose specific areas due to homeowner and business demand, combined with unsatisfactory experiences with existing service providers. These areas previously lacked fiber internet options, and FastBridge believes they deserve such a choice.
Easement: An easement is generally defined as an interest in land owned by another person, consisting of the right to use or control the land for a specific limited purpose; A classic example of an easement is if a utility company needs to access an electrical pole on your land. An easement allows them to access the property when needed. You might also have an easement on your property if people need to move through your land to access a main road or something of that nature; An easement gives people or organizations the right to access and use your property in specific situations for a limited purpose.
ROW: a Right of Way is a form of easement. Right-of-Way elements include the cartway, shoulder and buffer area. The buffer provides an area for: snow storage, guide rails, sight distance, drainage, utilities, side slope, and pedestrian facilities. Right-of-way widths vary according to the intended function of the road. Right-of-way preservation includes allowances for bus passenger facilities, including ADA accessible loading pads, bus shelters and ADA-compliant sidewalk connections, where appropriate.
The FastBridge crew will be working on public rights-of-way and utility easements that may be located on your property. If the fiber in a neighborhood is being buried, FastBridge will install a small underground container between adjacent houses. This container will contain fiber, enabling FastBridge to connect the two homes to its network, should the homeowners choose to do so. Please note: this is an installation of a public utility. This construction is no way binds to your any service or contract. The choice to sign up with FastBridge’s fiber optic network is completely up to you.
During Construction, colored flags and paint will be used to mark existing utilities. In neighborhoods where Fastbridge will be burying the fiber, a utility locating company and/or the power company uses a system to mark existing utility lines with colored flags and temporary paint. These markers help FasBridge’s crews to avoid damage during construction. These markers are extremely important to prevent interruptions in local utility services and prevent injury from ruptured gas or electricity lines. Residents are asked to not disturb any flags/markings.
FastBridge Fiber, as a public utility, holds a Certificate of Public Convenience granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. This certification legally permits FastBridge to access and use public utility easements on properties as necessary for network construction and service provision. These easements, typically established during initial neighborhood development, may be located along streets, sidewalks, front yards, rear lot lines, between lots, or in back alleys. Please note: Because FastBridge holds a Certificate of Public Convenience that was granted by the PA Public Utility Commission, Muhlenberg Township does not have any regulatory powers as they relate to the installation or the service provided by FastBridge.
As a certificated public utility, FastBridge constructs its network within public utility easements and public rights-of-way, in accordance with Pennsylvania law. While property owners cannot opt out of the use of these easements or rights-of-way, connecting a home to FastBridge's network remains the homeowner's choice.
FastBridge strives to minimize property damage and commits to restoring properties to their original state as swiftly as possible after construction completion. If restoration is not satisfactory, property owners are encouraged to contact FastBridge's support services by sending an email to them at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800.661.0232.
The team at FastBridge Fiber is committed to thorough clean-up after every job, aiming to leave homes and neighborhoods in their original, pristine state.
Upon completion of construction and subject to weather conditions, FastBridge Fiber's professional crews endeavor to restore affected areas to as close to their original condition as possible, adhering to industry best practices.
Before beginning construction, FastBridge Fiber conducts a thorough documentation of each neighborhood, which includes taking aerial photos of the area.
Concrete/Asphalt Restoration If FastBridge's crews cause damage to concrete or asphalt driveways or sidewalks during construction, they will return to repair the affected spot once construction is complete. However, FastBridge does not restore existing cracks or damaged sidewalks or driveways.
Lawn Restoration FastBridge's crews will rake, seed, and straw the areas where digging occurred after construction is finished. Property owners are advised to water the grass seed, especially during dry periods. FastBridge cannot work around, move, or care for any flowers or plants located in utility easements. Before construction begins in a neighborhood, FastBridge will leave a door hanger and/or send a construction notification by mail. Property owners concerned about their plants are recommended to relocate them before construction starts to ensure they remain undisturbed.
Other Underground Items For properties with a sprinkler system, invisible dog fence, or any other underground items, FastBridge advises marking these areas with white flags or paint as a precaution. This assists FastBridge's crews in exercising caution around these areas. Property owners can also report any underground items by contacting FastBridge (800.661.0232) and provide a brief description of the items and their locations.
Yes. Different neighborhood areas are connected to FastBridge's network at varying times, depending on multiple factors. Signing up early places a home in the queue for free professional installation by FastBridge.