Internet Installation Update (July 29, 2023)

By Karl Stephens
General Manager/COO

Despite the recent rain, Coastal Communications and its crews continue making progress with the fiber-to-the-home installation project. As a reminder, this is a 14-month project of building a fiber network to offer internet. You can contact Coastal Communications for more information (

Coastal Communications began the week well but the rain on Friday (July 28) kept the missile crews from working and limited production to 8,453 ft. The drill made its way to the Oakridge Security Gate finishing off that end of Westcross Road. The missile crews finished off the remaining parts of the first large project area and all of Franklin Creek except for Franklin Creek North. The missile crews then moved into the next area starting on Peregrine Crossing. Thankfully, the Green Island encroachment permit came through this week. The plan for drilling under Green Island Road currently is in the works.

On Monday (July 31), the drill started working its way South and East from the Oakridge Gate, taking care of the remaining cross streets enroute to the Tower Site behind 600 Landings Way South. The three missile crews then continued working on Peregrine Crossing and the crossroads along the way.

Some residents have asked how the fiber will be installed and what members can expect to see as the work unfolds. Below are some photos that explain the process, along with an example of a utility company marking its lines. As mentioned in previous Landings Association emails, advance crews have been marking utilities with paint and flags. This allows the subsequent boring crews to know where utilities are located when they install the conduit that will hold the new fiber. Please do not remove the flags. The crews will remove the flags when work is completed.


Access holes are dug approximately every 10 feet. This allows workers to guide the missile borer and helps locate items like irrigation systems that otherwise might not be marked.




























Sod and dirt are set aside on a tarp to restore the landscaping after work is completed. In the second photo, you can see the white pipes of an irrigation system that were located and will be marked.



















Pictured is the compressor to run the missile borer. A larger, directional borer will be used where appropriate on main thoroughfares.










Shown is the missile borer coming through the hole and being guided to the next hole.





















Orange conduit is pulled through the hole created by the missile borer. It has a tracer wire with it for later locates as needed. Then, fiber cable will be “blown” through the conduit.






Shown is a junction box that will be installed flush to the ground. There is basically one box between each home. When homeowners sign up, crews can pull fiber from these boxes.























These two photos show a splicing vault, where conduit from different runs will terminate, allowing the fiber to be connected. The vault has rocks inside to allow for better drainage. 






















It is important that all utilities are located before work begins to avoid disruptions. This photo shows Utilities, Inc. of Georgia employees using ground penetrating radar and a pole to help find and mark its water lines.



This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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