Comcast Cable Run from Pole


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    I'm currently looking at downsizing from a 1,800 SQ FT house to a 1,000 SQ FT house which has more land (1 Acre). I have an offer out and I think it will be accepted (even if it takes some modifying).

    Anyway like where I'm at now there's no DSL service cause It's back in the mountains (though still less than 5min from work/the city). I currently have Comcast and will when I move as well. The house I'm in now had direct burial coaxial ran before I was there it did get damaged do to a surge during a storm a few years ago and I had comcast replace it, no charge even for the ditchwitch.

    Where I'm moving to has no cable connection point, and the pole is on the neighbors property across the road (the road would be my property but, still others need to use it and has a right of way). so likely the coaxial would go aerial as does the 200 Amp power service from it.

    Does Comcast normally charge for hooking this up? and what does something like that cost?



  • @Jason said:

    I'm currently looking at downsizing from a 1,800 SQ house to a 1,000 SQ house which has more land (1 Acre). I have an offer out and I think it will be accepted (even if it takes some modifying).

    Anyway like where I'm at now there's no DSL service cause It's back in the mountains (though still less than 5min from work/the city). I currently have Comcast and will when I move as well. The house I'm in now had direct burial coaxial ran before I was there it did get damaged do to a surge during a storm a few years ago and I had comcast replace it, no charge even for the ditchwitch.

    Where I'm moving to has no cable connection point, and the pole is on the neighbors property across the road (the road would be my property but, still others need to use it and has a right of way). so likely the coaxial would go aerial as does the 200 Amp power service from it.

    Does Comcast normally charge for hooking this up? and what does something like that cost?

    In the Northeast Timewarner would charge an arm and a leg to go that distance... especially if it is on your property and not a public use road. Not sure if that is the same for Comcast?

    In addition to the cost of installation Timewarner would want you to sign a mult-year contract to recoup their costs... I looked into it for a house I was looking at two years ago. The pole was 290-ish feet on the neighbor's property. Timewarner wanted IIRC $2,300 for the connection and then a 5-year contract on top of that... where they could raise the pricing if they wanted to.


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    @coliver said:

    @Jason said:

    I'm currently looking at downsizing from a 1,800 SQ house to a 1,000 SQ house which has more land (1 Acre). I have an offer out and I think it will be accepted (even if it takes some modifying).

    Anyway like where I'm at now there's no DSL service cause It's back in the mountains (though still less than 5min from work/the city). I currently have Comcast and will when I move as well. The house I'm in now had direct burial coaxial ran before I was there it did get damaged do to a surge during a storm a few years ago and I had comcast replace it, no charge even for the ditchwitch.

    Where I'm moving to has no cable connection point, and the pole is on the neighbors property across the road (the road would be my property but, still others need to use it and has a right of way). so likely the coaxial would go aerial as does the 200 Amp power service from it.

    Does Comcast normally charge for hooking this up? and what does something like that cost?

    In the Northeast Timewarner would charge an arm and a leg to go that distance... especially if it is on your property and not a public use road. Not sure if that is the same for Comcast?

    In addition to the cost of installation Timewarner would want you to sign a mult-year contract to recoup their costs... I looked into it for a house I was looking at two years ago. The pole was 290-ish feet on the neighbor's property. Timewarner wanted IIRC $2,300 for the connection and then a 5-year contract on top of that... where they could raise the pricing if they wanted to.

    It's about 100 foot from the corner of the house. I've been with them a long time so I'd hope they do it for free. They should know I'm not paying $2,300 for a $50 (or less) coaxial cable. There's always mifi cards.



  • @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    @Jason said:

    I'm currently looking at downsizing from a 1,800 SQ house to a 1,000 SQ house which has more land (1 Acre). I have an offer out and I think it will be accepted (even if it takes some modifying).

    Anyway like where I'm at now there's no DSL service cause It's back in the mountains (though still less than 5min from work/the city). I currently have Comcast and will when I move as well. The house I'm in now had direct burial coaxial ran before I was there it did get damaged do to a surge during a storm a few years ago and I had comcast replace it, no charge even for the ditchwitch.

    Where I'm moving to has no cable connection point, and the pole is on the neighbors property across the road (the road would be my property but, still others need to use it and has a right of way). so likely the coaxial would go aerial as does the 200 Amp power service from it.

    Does Comcast normally charge for hooking this up? and what does something like that cost?

    In the Northeast Timewarner would charge an arm and a leg to go that distance... especially if it is on your property and not a public use road. Not sure if that is the same for Comcast?

    In addition to the cost of installation Timewarner would want you to sign a mult-year contract to recoup their costs... I looked into it for a house I was looking at two years ago. The pole was 290-ish feet on the neighbor's property. Timewarner wanted IIRC $2,300 for the connection and then a 5-year contract on top of that... where they could raise the pricing if they wanted to.

    It's about 100 foot from the corner of my house. I've been with them a long time so I'd hope they do it for free. They should know I'm not paying $2,300 for a $50 (or less) coaxial cable. There's always mifi cards.

    No question there. We didn't end up purchasing that house... it was too much of an initial investment to get internet access that we require (my wife works from home).



  • Or getting friendly with the neighbors and setting up a DDWRT router to ride off of their internet. 😎


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    @dafyre said:

    Or getting friendly with the neighbors and setting up a DDWRT router to ride off of their internet. 😎

    lol. Not with a VPN to work on it.

    I'd probably just wait for tax return time to pay for it if I had.. Or fuss a lot on social media til they do it for free. It costs them maybe one or two months of the service to make it back.



  • Is this something you could work in to the price into the smaller house?



  • Have you talked to Comcast? It seems with your history like they would be glad to set you up for a minimal or no fee.

    I'm just telling you an experience that I had with another ISP.


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    @dafyre said:

    Is this something you could work in to the price into the smaller house?

    Yeah I mean it's not really that much even if it is say $2,500.. It's the principal of it. Comcast has replace the direct burial for free, and they are making money off you for the service, then that much for a cheap coaxial aerial cable (1,000 ft of Aerial RG 6 is $100)


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    @coliver said:

    Have you talked to Comcast? It seems with your history like they would be glad to set you up for a minimal or no fee.

    I'm just telling you an experience that I had with another ISP.

    No they can't tell me anything until I'm actually the owner. Comcast have privacy rules.



  • @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    Have you talked to Comcast? It seems with your history like they would be glad to set you up for a minimal or no fee.

    I'm just telling you an experience that I had with another ISP.

    No they can't tell me anything until I'm actually the owner. Comcast have privacy rules.

    Oh... that's really strange. Nice... but strange.



  • @Jason said:

    @dafyre said:

    Or getting friendly with the neighbors and setting up a DDWRT router to ride off of their internet. 😎

    lol. Not with a VPN to work on it.

    I'd probably just wait for tax return time to pay for it if I had.. Or fuss a lot on social media til they do it for free. It costs them maybe one or two months of the service to make it back.

    lol - no probably a lot more months than that. How does power get to that house now? Is there a pole on your side of the road that the power goes between, over the road?



  • @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    Have you talked to Comcast? It seems with your history like they would be glad to set you up for a minimal or no fee.

    I'm just telling you an experience that I had with another ISP.

    No they can't tell me anything until I'm actually the owner. Comcast have privacy rules.

    in that case I'd ask the sellers to get a formal quote from Comcast and then have them present it to you as part of the purchase agreement.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    Have you talked to Comcast? It seems with your history like they would be glad to set you up for a minimal or no fee.

    I'm just telling you an experience that I had with another ISP.

    No they can't tell me anything until I'm actually the owner. Comcast have privacy rules.

    in that case I'd ask the sellers to get a formal quote from Comcast and then have them present it to you as part of the purchase agreement.

    This is what I was thinking as well.



  • We also looked at a house in a town closer to our local "city". No ISP could get into the house because there was a local ordinance that prevented the one ISP that could get out there from servicing additional customers in that area.


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    @Dashrender said:

    lol - no probably a lot more months than that. How does power get to that house now? Is there a pole on your side of the road that the power goes between, over the road?

    Not really coaxial stuff is cheap. They buy in bulk. It's a pole on the other side of the gravel single lane road (which is actually on the property too). So it's not very far. Cable is on the pole as well I checked, just no box on the side of the house nor any aerial cable to the house.



  • @coliver said:

    We also looked at a house in a town closer to our local "city". No ISP could get into the house because there was a local ordinance that prevented the one ISP that could get out there from servicing additional customers in that area.

    WOW - democracy strikes again!... yeah us!


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    @coliver said:

    We also looked at a house in a town closer to our local "city". No ISP could get into the house because there was a local ordinance that prevented the one ISP that could get out there from servicing additional customers in that area.

    Thankfully this is in an unincorporated area - no ordinances (and less than 1 mile from the city).



  • @Jason said:

    @Dashrender said:

    lol - no probably a lot more months than that. How does power get to that house now? Is there a pole on your side of the road that the power goes between, over the road?

    Not really coaxial stuff is cheap. They buy in bulk. It's a pole on the other side of the gravel single lane road (which is actually on the property too). So it's not very far. Cable is on the pole as well I checked, just no box on the side of the house nor any aerial cable to the house.

    Can you describe how power gets from that pole (which if I'm understanding correctly is on the opposite side of the road vs the house in question) to the house?



  • @Dashrender said:

    @coliver said:

    We also looked at a house in a town closer to our local "city". No ISP could get into the house because there was a local ordinance that prevented the one ISP that could get out there from servicing additional customers in that area.

    WOW - democracy strikes again!... yeah us!

    In upstate NY these ordinances don't necessarily have to be voted on. The town supervisor can present it in an emergency session (with enough town board members for a quorum) and get it passed very easily. It has happened a lot in this area... the Watershed system is indicative of that.


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    @Dashrender said:

    Can you describe how power gets from that pole (which if I'm understanding correctly is on the opposite side of the road vs the house in question) to the house?

    It's aerial, just straight from the pole to the house.



  • @Jason said:

    The house I'm in now had direct burial coaxial ran before I was there it did get damaged do to a surge during a storm a few years ago and I had comcast replace it, no charge even for the ditchwitch.

    Those charges were covered by insurance.

    @Jason said:

    It's about 100 foot from the corner of the house. I've been with them a long time so I'd hope they do it for free. They should know I'm not paying $2,300 for a $50 (or less) coaxial cable.

    They will never make back the cost of building out to you anytime soon unless you subscribe to internet, phone and a lot of cable services. Running physical plant is expensive.

    That said, 100' is not generally considered a plant extension. That is simply going from pole to house and contractors generally tack that up all the time.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    That said, 100' is not generally considered a plant extension. That is simply going from pole to house and contractors generally tack that up all the time.

    Great point. You have to get Comcast to play ball, but you can probably have a contractor do the install of the Coax.

    I wonder if they could just attach the coax to the power line from the pole to the house, or if it has to be a separate parallel run?

    A friend had to have this done a few years ago, cost him around $500.

    Then comcast needs to create a billing entry and cable node for you.



  • @Dashrender said:

    Great point. You have to get Comcast to play ball, but you can probably have a contractor do the install of the Coax.

    You missed my point. None of the cable companies do most of the pole to house work any more. That is too expensive for them to maintain those technicians. If something goes pole to house, they have a group of contractors that do it all.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Great point. You have to get Comcast to play ball, but you can probably have a contractor do the install of the Coax.

    You missed my point. None of the cable companies do most of the pole to house work any more. That is too expensive for them to maintain those technicians. If something goes pole to house, they have a group of contractors that do it all.

    But who hires those contractors... you or Comcast.


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    @JaredBusch said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Great point. You have to get Comcast to play ball, but you can probably have a contractor do the install of the Coax.

    You missed my point. None of the cable companies do most of the pole to house work any more. That is too expensive for them to maintain those technicians. If something goes pole to house, they have a group of contractors that do it all.

    Yeah comcast didn't even do it themselevs with the direct burial, they had come local redneck just show up in his truck lay the cable on the grass, then the next day a grew made a stop with a ditch witch before going to their normal construction site.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @JaredBusch said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Great point. You have to get Comcast to play ball, but you can probably have a contractor do the install of the Coax.

    You missed my point. None of the cable companies do most of the pole to house work any more. That is too expensive for them to maintain those technicians. If something goes pole to house, they have a group of contractors that do it all.

    But who hires those contractors... you or Comcast.

    Comcast.



  • @Dashrender said:

    But who hires those contractors... you or Comcast.

    Comcast always. You are not allowed to touch poles by law in almost every municipality. Those are OWNED by others. Why is this even a question?



  • @JaredBusch said:

    @Dashrender said:

    But who hires those contractors... you or Comcast.

    Comcast always. You are not allowed to touch poles by law in almost every municipality. Those are OWNED by others. Why is this even a question?

    I mentioned about that my friend was told that he had to hire his own contractor to run replacement cables from the pole to his house for power. It wasn't done by the power company.