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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-02-27, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bell Fibe wire

I just cancelled Bell Fibe and switched to Rogers. The Rogers tech removed the Bell fibre optic cable from where it enters my house and replaced it with the Rogers cable. He just left Bell's fibre optic cable dangling outside and looped it very loosely around my hydro meter. Not sure what to do with it now so I just tidied it up a bit and put the thin end of the cord in a plastic bag for now to protect it.

So #1 the Bell cable is not grounded as far as I can tell, which concerns me because it runs up along the side of my house and high over my lawn. And #2 it looks strange to have all this cable bunched up outside the house. I guess I could at least get one of those plastic boxes and attach it to the outside of the house and keep it in there? Or should I just call Bell and tell them to remove it?

Appreciate some guidance on this, thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-02-28, 11:35 AM
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Fibre optic cable does not need to be grounded. However Fibe is not always fibre optic. If the Bell cable has copper conductors it is not fibre optic and needs to be grounded.

In any event, the installer was unprofessional and negligent. What he did could cause damage to the Bell cable, is unsightly and could cause extra installation charges if Bell services are installed in future. The Bell cable should have been left in place. He probably didn't want to drill another hole. I would call Rogers, register a complaint, ask that the Bell cable installation be restored to it's original condition and the Rogers installation redone.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-02-28, 12:23 PM
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yeah i second that, call rogers and register a complaint, its illegal and violates some sort of CRTC policy for one service provider (rogers) to meddle with another service providers (bell) wiring. even if the home owner is not subscribed to the services any more.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-03-01, 02:03 PM
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Yeah, and especially true if there was actually a fiber optic cable and not copper, the ROGERS guy wouldn't be familiar how to handle it. He could have damaged it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2019-03-01, 04:40 PM
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If it's copper, moisture ingress will ruin most cables so it's damaged either way.
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