Be warned, this post is essentially just me having a rant about the perils of right of way fibre installs...
We are renting a house in Hamilton that is down a right of way shared by 6 lots.
The house is brand new and we moved into it in April, thinking that being brand new and in a well built up area (Dinsdale) it should have a full suite of telecommunications options available.
How wrong we were.
The house had no telecommunications services installed at all, despite being a new build and having a brand new concrete driveway.
And so began the painful process of getting consent from each lot on the driveway to get fibre installed. We got everyone to agree except for one retiree, who was concerned about the radiation affects the fibre could have on her health, the possibility of having the driveway ripped up, and this weird obsession with the advantages of copper cables.
Ultimately, discussions broke down and we couldn't obtain her consent. We complained to the landlord and got UFF to get their consents specialist onto her. By November I'd had enough and went to UFF to complain about the whole process, only to find there was a civil design for our driveway waiting to be approved. We approved it instantly, but it did not meet the retirees strict requirements so adjustments needed to be made and by the middle of December we had a date of the 8th of January for our install!!!
Install day came, the UFF guy showed up but civil works had not been completed and he didn't know why. He said he'd talk to his manager about it, did a small amount of internal wiring then left. Today (16 Jan) was the date for our final install but still no civil works have been completed so UFF say the install has been put on hold. The most frustrating thing is that they don't know/won't tell us why the contractor doing the civil work hasn't done it.
By far the most frustrating thing about this entire experience is that the subdivision going in next door got fibre installed (down the same right of way) through a conduit in the concrete. The red fibre is like 10m from our from door. According to UFF, no similar telecommunications conduit runs to our lot...
What a nightmare.
Is it common to have to wait 9+ months for a fibre install??