Hurray, the "drop crew" is here setting up the cable -- so the "installation crew" will have it in place when they come along.
Hm. Tested, light goes up the cable from the house to the guy on the pole, but not from the guy on the pole back to the house -- same problem they had on some other drop, attributed to a hardware problem somewhere in between our street and some hardware device further upstream.
Nice to see how they test the optical fiber -- attachment on a llittle red laser pointer connects it to the drop, and the guys talk on their cell phones. See which fiber lights up, identify that one to our account, measure the brightness to look for any damage to the fiber, then the guy on the far device (up a pole?) tries to have it send light from upstream back to us. At that point no joy, and they recognized the problem as some piece of known faulty gear up in the distribution system, to be fixed eventually.