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Winter Weather’s Impact on Lake Region Fiber

The scenic image of snow and ice glittering on the hill is a wonderful sight. As beautiful as it can be, it brings various service issues. Outages, slow repairs, and halting installs are common issues regarding the extreme weather impact on fiber services.

If water gets into a closer or NID (Network Information Device)box, it can freeze up and break a fiber or splice. Have you ever put a full plastic water bottle in the freezer to find the top and bottom bulging later on? The same thing happens when ice forms in the connection between fiber strands. The moisture in the connection expands as it freezes. The resulting force can break bonds apart, causing an outage.

Lake Region seals up closures and NIDs to prevent water from coming in. This is our prevention method because it has the biggest effect on us. NIDs and closers are just one source of weather disruption. Ice accumulation on overhead lines and tree limbs poses a threat as well. The additional weight of the ice causes limbs to sag and eventually break, falling through and bringing down overhead lines.

Crews work to restore service when it goes down. Still, they often face challenges unique to the cold Oklahoma winter. When it is super cold, fibers become more brittle, and it’s harder to splice. Splicing fiber optic cables together is often the last step in bringing service to an area. Brittle fibers and the risk of moisture becoming trapped in a connection can slow the restoration of service or initial installation.

Lake Region Fiber considered these things in the construction of its network. They designed everything from sealing closers and NIDS to the investment of a splicing trailer to guard exposed fiber lines against the weather to have a more reliable network.

Fiber optic cables are built to keep your connection strong regardless of the weather. While outages will never be 100% avoidable, Lake Region Fiber does all it can to ensure you and your family stay connected during our Oklahoma winter weather.


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