Construction is Underway!

If you’ve noticed MetaLINK crews in your neighborhood, that means work has begun to bring our fiber network to your community.

You can learn more about our process on this page. If you’re ready for faster, more reliable Internet, click below to be one of the first in your neighborhood to sign up!

What to expect

Identify Utilities

Underground utilities will be located and marked with flags and/ or lawn paint.

Aerial Construction

In areas with above-ground utilities, fiber will be attached to existing electric or telephone poles.

Buried Construction

In areas with underground utilities, digging and boring will begin.

Conduit and Fiber Distribution

Conduit will be fed into the ground and then fiber will be placed. Both will be distributed via large reels.

Fiber Vaults

Underground boxes will serve as access points for our technicians to access the buried fiber network.

Lawn Restoration

Once construction is complete, our crews will rake, seed, and straw areas where digging occurred.

FAQ

The duration of construction depends on the layout and design of your neighborhood.  Our goal is to complete the process as quickly as possible.  In each neighborhood, construction may take 4 to 8 weeks. Building our network in all neighborhoods in a town may take 3 to 6 months depending on the size of the town. 

First, we will notify residents that construction is beginning soon in your area with door hangers and/or direct mail.  In areas where utility poles exist, the fiber-optic cables will be attached to the electric or telephone poles (aerial construction), otherwise, the fiber-optic cables will be buried (underground construction).   

  • Aerial construction: Our crews will utilize bucket trucks to hang fiber-optic cable on utility poles which may temporarily impede the flow of traffic. Please pass our teams safely when you encounter them. 
  • Underground construction: Before we bury the fiber-optic cables, we ask the utility companies to come out and mark with flags and paint where their lines are located to avoid damaging them. We may also dig in some places to verify the location of other utilities. Next, underground conduit and access vaults are installed along a designated utility easement. Finally, our construction teams will install the fiber-optic cables and connect them together to create one seamless network. 

This process takes a few weeks and once our crews have finished, any impact to yards and public areas will be restored.

Yes, MetaLINK is permitted to access designated utility easements, usually located within the back alley, a strip of land along the street, sidewalk, or front yarda rear lot line, or between two lots. If the easement is within a fenced yard, our crews will need your help accessing them. 

Fiber installation occurs on designated utility easements, which can be used to construct and maintain utility lines. This means that we may need access to the easement through your property. The choice to join Omni Fiber’s network and have fiber run to your home is ultimately yours, but we think you’ll want to!

Our crews will do everything they can to minimize impact to your property. Once construction is complete and as weather permits, we will restore lawns in areas where digging occurred. Following construction, if it’s not to your satisfaction, please contact us

Our construction crews approach your yard with the assumption that there may be private utilities located underground and will do their best to avoid them. If you would like to take an extra precautionary step, please mark areas of concern with pink or white flags or landscape-safe paint to alert crews of the need for caution. You can also report any undergrou.d items to us. See contact page

To minimize disruption on your property, we strongly encourage you to leave markers and paint in place until construction of the network is complete. Utility flags are placed to avoid other utility disturbances or accidents in the area while work is being completed. Different colored flags signal the different utilities: blue for water, yellow for oil and gas, orange for telecommunications, etc. Any paint markings aren’t permanent and will fade over time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to move or to care for plants or obstructions that have been placed in the easements. Before construction crews come into your neighborhood to build our network, we will leave door hanger so that you have time to move your plants or obstructions into a safe spot. 

When work is happening near your house, it’s getting close! Service will be available for installation once a group of homes are collectively connected to the systems and we’ve completed testing. Omni Fiber will attempt to contact you as soon as possible so you can schedule installation at your address.  We also offer the ability to place a pre-order on our website to ensure you’re installed as soon as possible once services become available.

Offices

MetaLINK Technologies
417 Wayne Avenue Defiance, OH 43512
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MetaLINK Technologies (A/P) 27932 Watson Road Defiance, OH 43512
 

Contact

(419) 782-3472 (Local)
(888) 999-8002 (Toll-Free)
(419) 782-2854 (FAX)