5:10PM March 05, 2020

Jon Montelin

Could you tell me what the black, cylindrical things are that are being placed on the side of power poles? Will these be emitting any electrical waves, microwaves, any kind of waves. I'm concerned that we get bombarded by enough stuff that might be a health hazard. I understand people wanting faster internet, etc., but at what risk. Hopefully you can put my mind at ease. Thanks

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2:23PM March 06, 2020

Becky Mashburn
Hi Jon. Great question. Those black cylinders you see on some of the power poles are part of our fiber network. They are called splice cases. The purpose of this piece of equipment is to protect the fiber where we are have spliced it together from the elements. Splicing is the term used for how the fiber cables (which are made of hair thin glass) are fused together. So, think of them as just protective homes for specific parts of the physical fiber cables. They are not used to radiate any type of wave. I also want to note that the network we’re deploying is a hardwire directly to your home, and you as a consumer, can choose whether or not you’d like to activate a Wi-Fi network in your home. Our internet service transmitted via the actual fiber cables and our routers include 4 ethernet pots on the back so you can plug your internet connected devices directly in without having to turn on the Wi-Fi network. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!