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Old 01-26-2009, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I've always wondered about the utility poles along the roads. Who owns them? Who's responsible for them? Can anyone string their cables across them?
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:49 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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It depends on who set them. Some are owned by the telephone company, some by the Power company. It also depends on where you are at, some places they are all power company poles. All the lines on the poles are there because of an agreement between the power, telephone, and cable companies. Kind of like a lease agreement usually.

No, everybody cannot just string cable on them, you have to have permission from the pole owners before you can do that. Expect some form of charge when you ask, and expect some stringent guidelines as to where on the pole you may use, and what you may put on.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:31 AM
 
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The utility company who put them there owns them.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What prevents a competing utility from installing their own poles? Is there an agency that provides some oversight?
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Every state has a commission, no two names the same, which regulate all activity of this type. Nothing can be done without passing through the commission. It's a very important commission, which usually regulates everything from truck scales to in-state telephone rates to insurance premiums to gas pipelines.

Some commission regulations are quite bizarre. For example, if you are driving your own car for any business-related purpose, you are legally required to affix a special license plate in order to drive in Kansas. (Nobody ever does).
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Around here, you usually have the phone company or electric utility who owns and maintains the poles. They usually don't own the land the poles sit on, they pay the property owner for an easement.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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What prevents a competing utility from installing their own poles? Is there an agency that provides some oversight?
Lol, where's all this interest coming from? Are you considering laying some pole?
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Nope. Just always wondered, that's all. I always thought that maybe they were owned/maintained by the state and/or city. I've also always wondered why most haven't been buried by now.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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I have a friend who has a utillity pole on her property that supplies the neighborhood. The pole is leaning and the power company said she is responsible for the repairs. anyone have any information about this?
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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Can you post information about how you get paid. I have a telephone utility pole on my property and I don't know who to contact.
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