- Jul 15, 2010
- Vermont, USA
I think the sequence of phone companies went something like this - New York Telephone, bought out by Bell Atlantic, bought out by NYNEX, bought out by Verizon....
Not sure if it was New York Telephone or NYNEX that installed the underground conduit.
I am referring to a suburban area, not rural. They buried the conduit on the major roads, where it gets to the actual houses, it comes above ground.
The path was similar here but Verizon eventually sold off their land lines in these parts to FairPoint.
Yes, most of the conduits are along major roads and the last mile, or whatever goes to the houses via wires and poles. On the other hand it is quite common now that telephone and electrical power are also taken from the utility poles and run underground to homes and businesses. There are several reasons for this. It is less unsightly to eliminate the wires, it is far more reliable during storms and it is much less expensive than having to install extra utility poles (sometimes at the property owner's expense). Here in Vermont there are many (very well maintained) dirt roads, so it is no big deal to dig a trench across a road to install conduit to a building since it doesn't require tearing up and repairing pavement.