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Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 15:06:50 -0700
On 9/30/2021 10:37 AM, Jim Nichols wrote:
Like humans, utility poles also have a service life.  This subdivision was first opened in the mid-fifties, so this pole has seen approximately 65 years of service. Though recent years have seen bucket truck access become the standard, the early years saw a lot of climbing with spikes.  The surface of the pole bears witness to this fact.


The markings on the replacement pole, installed alongside the old one so the cables can be moved piecemeal, tell me that the poles are owned by AT&T, though they carry telephone, cable TV, fiber optic and power cables. They also support transformers serving each home.


Around here, the poles are owned by the Joint Pole Authority, which is in turn owned by the companies that use the poles, in shares in proportion to their use. JPA is the entity to which local govts grant utility rights to their RoWs. Local Govts only deal with one entity.

As the ones with the equipment and know-how, as well as the majority users, AT&T does all the work of pole maintenance, replacement, etc. for the JPA.

T. M. I. Moose

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