That may well be similar to our case, Moose, though it is not that
transparent. We have a municipal utility authority, which provides
power, water, sewage and fiber optic services inside the city limits.
There are separate telephone services and cable services also using the
same poles. But this is a competitive enterprise, and it's hard to get
all the details. I've been trying since February to get a broken
support cable repaired above my rear fence, but since I am not their
customer, they ignore me. Their signal cable isdrooping, unsupported,
They won't accept phone calls or mail.
Do I sound frustrated? You betcha!
On 9/30/21 5:06 PM, Moose wrote:
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
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
Tullahoma, TN USA
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