The ThinkBig Networks HMAN Construction Process

The HMAN ThinkBig Networks Broadband Project will include multiple phases, and will include Fiber Optic deployment in both underground and aerial (on utility poles) construction methods. 

The construction of residential fiber optic connections off of the HMAN network consists of several actions listed in order here:

  1. Planning, Surveying, and engineering – ThinkBig Networks engineers will develop the most efficient and effective plan, specific to the phase, to deploy the fiber optic infrastructure.
  2. Obtaining Permissions to build
    1. Right of Way Permitting – ThinkBig Networks will need to obtain permits to allow for the fiber optic construction in State or County Rights of Way.
    2. Easement collection – In certain cases, ThinkBig Networks will need to obtain easements from private landowners for the construction of the fiber optic cable over private property.
  3. Pole Surveys and attachments – When the use of utility poles is necessary for the construction of the fiber optic network, ThinkBig Networks will submit applications for the use of the utility poles for aerial construction of the fiber optic cable.
  4. Network Operation Center (NOC) construction. In order to bring the broadband connectivity to residents in Harford County, ThinkBig Networks will be constructing a series of NOCs. These NOCs will house the necessary electronic equipment required to bring High  Speed Internet to customers over the fiber optic network.
  5. Fiber Optic installation:
    1. Conduit is installed either on utility poles or underground through directional bore and trenching methods. Whenever possible, ThinkBig Networks will utilize underground installation for the fiber optic network.
    2. Hand hole installation – a series utility boxes will be installed which will contain the necessary junction/splice equipment for the optical transmissions over the fiber optic cable,
    3. Fiber Pull – crews physically pulling the fiber optic cable through the conduit leaving slack coil in each hand hole.
  6. Fiber Splicing– The fiber optic cable is attached, or spliced together, to create a continuous network capable of delivering broadband services. Splicing will occur at each Hand Hole.
  7. Residential Drops – This is the lateral construction of fiber from the backbone to the individual subscribers home. The ThinkBig Networks team will work with each subscriber to determine where on the property the fiber optic line will be buried on the property. In most cases, this drop will be trenched to the home terminating to a Network Interface Device (NID). The fiber optic line will be spliced into the network and tested for light. Once the light is confirmed, the interior installation will be scheduled – penetrating the fiber into the home and connecting to the Optical Network Terminal (ONT). The ONT is both modem and router and will provide a home network access point including a vibrant wireless network.


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