Grounding a Phone Line
Qwest Communications is installing a new external phone hookup box on the outside of my house, since the existing box was 40 years old. The technician is telling me that he is required to ground the phone line to the same ground as the house wiring (the old phone box had the line grounded to a hose bib, and he said they cannot ground the phone line to bibs or water pipes anymore). I asked why I can't just drive a new grounding rod into the ground so that the phone line will have its own grounding rod, and he said he could not do this either -- that the phone line had to be grounded to the same ground as the home service panel. Can anyone tell me why this would be the case, and why I cannot have a phone line grounded on its own grounding rod? My house was built in 1963, and is grounded to a cold water supply copper pipe, and the technician says he cannot ground the phone line to that either. Getting a simple phone box installed is making it sound like I am going to have to run a new solid copper ground wire from my service panel to a new ground rod outside, and then ground the phone box to this same rod. It sure seems bizarre to me that I can't just put in a new rod just for the phone line.