It’s very useful to map your pole and premise data in order to make sure they are complete and to identify anomalies, such a apparent gaps between poles or to premises that may indicate some missing data or conduit. Google Earth is a great free tool for doing this. It can import .kmz files and display the data overlaid on it’s usual map or satellite imagery. Sources of data include:

  • Pole surveys usually supply a kmz file as well as other formats and info.
  • GIS premise data for each town is available from MBI by asking Ed Donnelly.
  • The MB123 middle mile has a kmz file available at: MassBroadband 123 Maps & Data

Sharing this data with neighboring towns can be a great help in identifying and resolving edge cases where premises in one town are served by poles in another town.

Craig Martin of Shutesbury has created an online tool for finding nearest neighbor pole and premise distances. You can access it at: GPS Coordinate Neighbor Finder.