Over the past several months we have been following the progress of BPL (Broadband Over Powerline) internet service coming to portions of Nelson County, Virginia in all of these earlier posts:
On Monday we had a really nice visit from the crew foreman with Elliot Contractors out of Roanoke. They were verifying the address for installation of the pole equipment. He told me they had been back in Nelson on a limited basis for the past week, and now crews will be working at a more rapid pace over the coming days. Great news! However, as of this post Monday evening, the IBEC website had no official updates on the installation of BPL in Nelson County since 9.11.08 as shown in the image below.
Now the bad news. Verizon Telephone still has not completed their work of connecting specialty circuits to the BPL equipment, which is what actually puts the internet out to the BPL equipment. So, even though many customers have bought and paid for their BPL modems, in advance weeks ago, they still won’t work until Verizon completes their work. The normal time frame for a T-1 or specialty data circuits installation is generally a few weeks. According to IBEC (International Broadband Electric Communications) based in Huntsville, Alabama, that request and order went into Verizon well in advance of their installation of BPL equipment at the Martins Store Substation back in the summer prior to July 18th.
The BPL crews seem to be doing the best they can in spite of having been pulled off the job several times because of natural disasters in other parts of the country where their expertise in rebuilding electrical grids was badly needed.
Meanwhile, it should get real interesting if the guys at IBEC finish all of their installations only to be waiting on Verizon, which means we all wait.
More as we know.