Chorus UFB is scheduled to be run down our street in the second half of this year. I want to have an underground (actually underground, not 'spade depth') install for obvious geek reasons. I'm thinking about this now to ensure I do everything I can to prepare for/influence this.
Because the house was recently subdivided and is running off Vodafone FibreX without any Chorus lead-in, the usual maxim of 'fibre will be run the same way your copper is run' doesn't apply. My driveway is gravel on sand, so easy to dig a deep trench within my property.
The following pretty picture shows my house as 'me', with an orange dot where I'd like the ETP to go. Overhead power lines are strung between poles marked as black dots on my side of the road. Chorus copper runs underground on the opposite side of the road, between the poles marked as blue dots, and most houses are severed aerially from these poles, in some cases stopping over on the power poles. I presume that fibre will probably be run on the opposite side of the road to mimic the copper network, although there are more dwellings on my side.
1. Because of the narrow shape of my property near the street, I can't be served aerially from any existing poles (Chorus or power), without crossing over a neighbours property. Does this rule out an aerial fibre lead-in completely?
2. If Chorus did run the communal fibre down my side of the street, would they leave a 'drop' for me outside my boundary? Or would they leave it by the power pole, as most people on the street are served aerially?
3. Can Chorus bury my fibre lead-in (distinct from the communal network) across my neighbour's street frontage (along their berm and under their driveway? Would this require my neighbours permission? I know that it's technically road reserve, but people feel like they own it.
4. If I dig a trench, get Chorus to put their lead-in in it, and Chorus log the location, do you think it would influence the network design to have a 'drop' left in front of my driveway (if they were installing the communal network on my side of the street)?
Appreciate that these things aren't neccessarily certain, but keen to hear your wisdom