Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Telus's disruptive fibre install in Edmonton
I debated whether I should post this in this forum or the Telus forum, but I decided that if you're going to try to stop something from happening, it's better to get the assistance of a big competitor rather than ask the prime mover. (See edited comment below.)
Telus is in the process of installing fibre-optic cable in the neighborhood adjacent to ours. My wife and I took a look at that neighborhood yesterday and we don't like what we see. In short, there is more damage to property than Telus led us to believe and, quite frankly, since we already have Shaw cable TV and internet and will not in the future want internet faster than 30 mb/sec (and far greater speeds than 30 are already available from Shaw), I don't want Telus damaging our property, even "temporarily".
Apparently the homeowner's property does not extend to the city's (the taxpayers of Edmonton's) sidewalk. We learned this from a 20-year-old contractor who was spraying lines and planting flags on what we used to believe was our well-cared-for lawn. (We're retired, so we notice these things.) The "city's" property (which we are by law forced to shovel and now, apparently, mow) extends about 4 feet from the sidewalk and this is the ground under which the contractor for Telus is installing the cable. Along this cable, still on "city" property, there will be occasional boxes that will sit above ground, usually adjacent to the boxes / bases of street-lights.
After the installation of this line that runs under this "city" property that runs all the way around our circular neighborhood, presumably the Telus sales people will start making the rounds in an attempt to get individual homeowners to allow Telus to run the line up under the homeowner's property and into the home.
My question is simple. The installation / disruption / damage in our neighborhood is scheduled to take place in two to three weeks. Is there any way that a neighborhood (or, for that matter, an idividual homeowner) can "opt out" of Telus's fibre-optic network and prevent Telus from installing the fibre-optic cable in a particular neighborhood -- for example, by getting the signatures of all of its homeowners on a document that makes such a request?
Thanks for any information or advice.
Edit: I had originally posted this comment in the Shaw internet forum for the reason I explained in my first paragraph. Now that it's here, it's here, so I would still appreciate any advice on if and how our neighborhood can opt out of Telus's optic network and avoid the installation damage, ever if it's supposedly temporary.
Last edited by Tony1M; 2016-05-27 at 12:51 PM.
Reason: Had to edit after comment being moved