Using Cat5e for high speed fiber optic service
I just moved into a new construction home on a NC beach island. Yay, right? The house is two stories with 9 foot ceilings, and sits on pilings 8 feet up from ground level. It is an inverted floor plan with the main living area at the upper level. During construction, I showed the electrician the upper story closet where I wanted to locate a wireless modem/router to provide wireless service for laptops and streaming via sling/Roku or similar. He installed a 120 volt outlet and Cat5e cable from the closet across the attic space and inside a wall using staples down to ground level, where the Cat5e is cut off about three feet above the ground. My AT&T installer seemed reluctant to tie into the existing Cat5e cable, although he did not specifically say it could not be done. He also advised that ATT safety rules prevent techs from getting on ladders more than X feet high, and my location was too high. He recommended I call the electrician and have him run fiber (a length of which the ATT tech left with me). If I want 300 or 500 MBS service, can the AT&T fiber cable not be connected to my existing Cat5e cable? If not, what options are available to get AT&T high speed service? I would be reluctant to run a new cable outside the house--there is no exposed wiring now, and I would prefer to keep it that way.