Afton – Nelson County, Virginia
Friday afternoon IBEC prepaid customers received an e-mail blast regarding the status of BPL activation that was supposed to haven taken place by the end of this week. The history of BPL in Nelson County Virginia by clicking here. It’s not happening, at least not real soon. Martins Store customers may be waiting a long time depending on how quickly Verizon responds. More explanation in their e-mail below. Meanwhile, we still wait for Verizon to respond to our inquiries on their status. Mr. Harry Mitchell the PR rep for Verizon in Virginia has not responded to us since October 23, 2008. The silence from Verizon speaks volumes.
The specifics from IBEC:
From: “IBEC Customer Service”
Date: January 9, 2009 3:22:00 PM EST
Subject: Martins Store Broadband over Powerline Update January 9, 2009
Last week IBEC reported that Verizon had reviewed the results of soil testing at the Martins Store Substation and indicated that the results appeared acceptable. This week, IBEC received written confirmation from Verizon of that news along with a brief description of the next steps in their process.
The local Verizon office will now take the lead during this phase of the project and install another pedestal near their existing pedestal with a short fiber loop connection between the two units. IBEC is in touch with the local Verizon office and working to secure the earliest possible date for equipment installation. IBEC will then meet the Verizon technician and apply power to their new cabinet. We will update you as soon as we have that date. Once complete, Verizon will test the lines and turn them over to AT&T who will then test and turnover to IBEC. We are hoping that this will also be accomplished in an expedited fashion given the long delay.
Last week we also reported that the Tanbark Drive injection point would be active by the end of the week. Verizon did not complete their testing nor release those lines to AT&T. We expect this location to be released to AT&T for testing at the beginning of next week and hope to have the lines completely activated by the end of the week. As soon as this site is activated, IBEC will begin configuring the BPL network from their Network Operations Center in Alabama . Shortly after configuration, IBEC will start activating the first customers.
The injection point on Rockfish River Rd was powered up as of January 5 and testing of those lines has commenced. We understand that one of the circuit cards in this cabinet did not pass testing. Verizon has ordered spares and will install a replacement shortly. We are trying to partially activate this site, but have been unable to confirm with Verizon if the activation will be able to proceed while we are waiting on the spare card to arrive.
While IBEC is still waiting on the release of the lines serving the three injection points, it is very positive news that this project has shifted to the jurisdiction of the local Verizon offices where the engineers and crews are focused on completing the activation process. We should be able to configure our equipment in rapid succession once the task of connecting the BPL system to the Internet is done. IBEC will then be able to activate you and your neighbors.
Look for an update next week or as soon as any significant development occurs.
Thanks for your patience,
IBEC Customer Service