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Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Service Life
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 17:29:23 -0500
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 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

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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