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Ashley Little

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The Power of Good Data

Why is it common for a provider to require several months (or more) to respond to a permit to attach request? Often, poor data is to blame. Owners may not be able to readily access the last time a safety inspection was performed, what condition...

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Ashley Little
. 08.22.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

Better Communities Through Better Infrastructure

Our communities are built on the success of our infrastructure. When something fails, we are all impacted – whether that infrastructure is a road, a bridge, power plant, or utility pole. Many people pass through their days unaware of the complex...

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Ashley Little
. 08.15.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

3 Strategies to Speed Up the Lag in Broadband Deployment

Despite initiatives like the FCC's Connect America Fund, which aims to offset the costs of installing broadband infrastructure to rural and underserved areas, broadband deployment across the U.S. remains unsatisfactorily slow.

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Ashley Little
. 08.8.2017

Topics: Broadband Deployment

Better Route Planning is the Key to Faster Deployment

Facing struggles with sluggish broadband deployment? A shared, centralized asset database can help asset owners and attachers speed up the process. 

Telecommunications, broadband, and other service providers that want to attach to utility poles...

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Ashley Little
. 08.1.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Addressing Security Concerns with Shared Asset Data

Before asset owners can reap the benefits of a shared, centralized asset database, they must be confident that their data will be completely secure.

The U.S. power grid is one of the top concerns for national security. Americans saw the very real...

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Ashley Little
. 07.25.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 4]: An In-Depth Look at Data and Reporting

Search tools deliver faster, more accessible results than traditional reports.

Data is a hot topic today. How do you collect it? Store it? And make use of it all? Believe it or not, more data was created in the last two years than in the previous...

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Ashley Little
. 07.18.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 3]: Training for Users

Create a community of trained users to maximize your system’s value.

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Ashley Little
. 07.13.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Fun Facts About America's Technology Leaders

This time of year is all about celebrating America’s roots of independence and liberty. The United States was founded on self-reliance and human ingenuity. Each July 4th, we pay homage to those who helped establish our great country.

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Ashley Little
. 07.6.2017

Topics: News

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: Integrating with Current Enterprise Systems

Modern and Innovative: Shared Asset Management in One Centralized System

In an ideal world, every company involved in the joint sharing of field assets would be able to have a secure, expansive system that integrates all relevant data into one...

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Ashley Little
. 06.27.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Centralized Asset Database

Getting Started with a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 1]: How To Enter All That Data

The vast amount of asset data is overwhelming. Where should you begin?

Traditional joint use management began as a manual process. While much technology has been introduced, there is still more to do. Asset owners must be able to share timely and...

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Ashley Little
. 06.20.2017

Topics: Centralized Asset Database

Balancing Safety and Access On Poles and In Vaults

Better data management, consistency, and communication: three concepts to unite safety and access, multiplying productivity for all parties.

An intricate weaving of wires to the untrained eye, power lines, telephone lines, CATV lines, fiber, and...

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Ashley Little
. 06.13.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

What’s the Hold-Up? The Future of Broadband Deployment

Lack of Shared Data & Poor Communication impedes Broadband Deployment

While broadband is consistently being deployed across the nation, many would-be attachers are frustrated that implementation has not happened faster. Service providers are not...
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Ashley Little
. 06.6.2017

Topics: Broadband Deployment

Is Your Field Asset Data Secure?

Data security threats have become a primary focus for utility asset owners, as the risks from cyber threats grow in frequency and sophistication. A recent report published on the U.S. Department of Energy website states that:

There have been no...

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Ashley Little
. 05.30.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 3]: For Attachers

It’s been all over the news this past year: Google Fiber made plans to deploy broadband into several markets at a breakneck pace. Speed to market is critical and the behemoth company hit roadblocks. While we do not speak for Google, delays on new...

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Ashley Little
. 05.23.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 2]: For Asset Owners

Sorting through paper records, emails, or asset records spread across several different spreadsheets or databases is no longer feasible for a best practice. Trying to keep track of maintenance needs, work requests (such as pole transfers), joint...

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Ashley Little
. 05.16.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

The Benefits of a Shared, Centralized Asset Database [Part 1]: For States and Organizations

 

People are using more and more data with their various devices. For state and local governments, getting broadband access for their citizens is an important card in the game. However, broadband deployment is being delayed in many areas, in part...

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Ashley Little
. 05.9.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management

The Status of Asset Data Management Today

Today’s utility asset data is a vast world of information. Much of it is valuable; some of it is not. Asset owners hold data about many different asset types (utility poles, underground conduit in manholes or vaults, towers, cables, etc.), in...

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Ashley Little
. 05.2.2017

Topics: Asset Data Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

The Prevalence (and Danger) of Delayed Pole Transfers

 

In January of 2016, there were more than 36,000 double poles in the state of Maryland alone. That was according to a report on utility pole attachments published by the Public Service Commission of Maryland. The report resulted from a workgroup...

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Ashley Little
. 04.25.2017

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The Battle Against Double Wood and Aging Pole Transfers

One of the most prevalent issues facing utility pole owners is aging pole transfers, but they don’t have to be a constant struggle.

Timely pole transfers rely on clear communications and good relationships between the pole owner and the...

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Ashley Little
. 04.18.2017

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

When a Utility Pole Falls, Who is Liable for the Damage?

Imagine you are sitting in your home one morning,  enjoying the first cup of coffee and suddely the power goes out. In the dark, you begin to investigate, finding that the utility pole in your yard has fallen over into the street (due to...

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Ashley Little
. 04.11.2017

Topics: Utility Pole Inspection

How to Extend the Life of Your Utility Poles

When damage to a utility pole is caught early, it can be treated to halt rot, decay or insect damage from further weakening the pole. Poles that are inspected regularly and treated can have significantly longer lives than those that are not....

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Ashley Little
. 04.4.2017

Topics: Utility Asset Management

How to Streamline Joint Use Utility Pole Transfers

When a utility pole needs to be replaced, the pole owner will schedule the required equipment transfers. Many utility poles are joint use assets, where several different companies typically have attached equipment on the same pole. This means...

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Ashley Little
. 03.21.2017

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

The 4 Types of Utility Pole Transfers

There are many reasons that cause double wood, which is the existence of two poles where only one should be.

Regardless of the cause, double wood represents potential hazards or violations, and a hassle for utility pole owners and municipalities...

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Ashley Little
. 03.14.2017

Topics: Pole Transfers

An Introduction to Utility Pole Joint Use

What is Joint Use, and How Does It Work?

Imagine a street lined with several sets of utility poles running up both sides, each owned by different companies. One set is owned by an electric utility, another set of poles is owned by a...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.9.2017

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Taking Asset Inventory: 5 Key Steps to Get Started

 

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Ashley Little
. 03.7.2017

Topics: Asset Inventory Management

How the IoT Will Move Companies from Data Collection to Data-Driven Deployment

Big data is being used in practically every industry today, yet many struggle with beneficial data utilization by having too much data without the tools and insight to make meaningful use of it. In many cases, large companies are so stressed out...

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Ashley Little
. 02.28.2017

Topics: Internet of Things (IoT)

Outdated Data: Worse Than No Data?

The big data revolution has left many utilities and communications companies scrambling to manage backlogs of stored information. Increasingly, some are finding that data-driven decisions based on old data can be worse than making decisions with...

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Ashley Little
. 02.21.2017

Topics: Field Asset Management, Internet of Things (IoT)

Unlocking the Massive Market Potential of the IoT and Machine Learning

 The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning are still in the early stages of what we see as an explosion of development. These two technological trends will be used in tandem to change the way electric utilities and communications...

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Ashley Little
. 02.14.2017

Topics: Internet of Things (IoT)

Data: The Most Valuable Asset in IIOT

There is no doubt the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to change the way we all do business. Companies, regulators and consumers are eager for a new wave of efficiency and productivity. However, the most valuable asset the IIoT will...

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Ashley Little
. 02.7.2017

Topics: Internet of Things (IoT)

The Growing Importance of IoT and IIoT

The Internet of Things – and the Industrial Internet of Things – promise significant changes and improvements for asset management and joint use in the years ahead

The information technology revolution is altering the way we communicate with...

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Ashley Little
. 02.2.2017

Topics: Internet of Things (IoT)

The Question of Aging Infrastructure

 Are aging field assets an urgent crisis, or a manageable long-term maintenance challenge?

Is aging infrastructure an imminent problem that is bearing down on the U.S. utilities industry? Or is it a minor challenge to be addressed over a long...

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Ashley Little
. 01.25.2017

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

A Year in Review: Field Asset Management and Joint Use in 2016 The Highlights, Lessons Learned and Big Trends that Emerged During the Past Year

As tempting as it is to see the start of a new year as a fresh beginning – an opportunity to forge ahead with new resolutions, new plans and exciting new initiatives – it’s also important to take a look back. To consider all that the utility and...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 01.10.2017

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

The Changing Winds of Joint Use Liability: Shared Responsibility May Be the Key to Improving Network Asset Management

Most asset owners today hold 100 percent of the liability for their field assets, such as utility poles, towers and conduit. As asset owners know all too well, this means they are fully responsible for all of their assets' safety and compliance,...

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Ashley Little
. 12.27.2016

Topics: Network Asset Management

Smart Joint Use Equipment: How Machine-to-Machine Communication Will Revolutionize Network Asset Management

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum, more and more assets will be connected in the field. Advances in technology mean that internet-aware devices—such as sensors and other data capture technology—are becoming increasingly...

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Ashley Little
. 12.20.2016

Topics: Network Asset Management

Winning Strategies: How Some Companies are Turning Field Asset Management into an Efficient Money-Maker [Part 2]

This post is the second in a two-part blog series that explores the potential for joint use field assets to become revenue-generating businesses. Part 1 looks at the first two strategies that include capturing and marketing available space and...

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Ashley Little
. 12.13.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Winning Strategies: How Some Companies are Turning Field Asset Management into an Efficient Money-Maker [Part 1]

In the past, when companies were regulated entities, they could operate under a cost-plus business model that allowed them to earn profits on top of asset investments. Under this approach, the primary focus was to contain expenses. However, with...

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Ashley Little
. 12.6.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

The Push to Beautify Utility Infrastructure: Field Services Considerations for Aesthetic Improvements

Utility poles have become ubiquitous along the streets and highways in the U.S. over the last century, and that will not change anytime soon. As the number of attachers continues to grow, utility poles have become taller and thicker to support...

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Ashley Little
. 11.29.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Highlight on IoT: A Greener Future — Field Services Will Become More Energy Efficient with the Internet of Things (Part 3 of 3)

This post is part 3 of a three-part blog series about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on infrastructure asset management. To read part 2, go to “3 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of Infrastructure Asset Management.”

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Ashley Little
. 11.15.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Highlight on IoT: 3 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Future of Infrastructure Asset Management (Part 2 of 3)

This post is part 2 of a blog series about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on asset management. To read part 1, go to “What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Fixed Asset Management?”

Infrastructure asset management is evolving. In...

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Ashley Little
. 11.8.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Highlight on IoT: What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Fixed Asset Management? (Part 1 of 3)

If you haven't yet been captivated by the complex and exciting potential of “The Internet of Things,” I imagine you soon will. At its most basic level, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability for any devices to be connected to the...

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Ashley Little
. 11.1.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

Today’s Joint Use Takes a Village: Teaming Up to Dig Through a Backlog

Joint use issues have made the news lately as incumbent carriers, pole owners, and the “new kids on the block” butt heads. Recent entrants into the market such as Google Fiber are pushing for “One Touch Make Ready” polices. Their argument stems...

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Ashley Little
. 10.11.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

Who is on the Line? Contractor Coordination Under "One Touch Make Ready"

With the push for "One Touch Make Ready" policies headlining local news stories across the U.S., we are taking a look at the impact this movement could have for pole owners and attachers if it moves forward as a new standard for joint use. We are...

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Ashley Little
. 10.4.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Storm of the Century: How Weather Can Wreck Infrastructure

Bad weather happens. From the occasional light rain to seemingly increasing instances of extreme weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, wind, hail and lightning all can wreak havoc on utility poles, lines and equipment.

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Ashley Little
. 09.27.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Big Questions in Infrastructure Asset Management: Why is Joint Use Important?

Utility poles and conduit vaults (the underground version of a wire-carrying 40-foot pole) are everywhere in our world—along highways, down neighborhood streets and under the surface of busy intersections. They carry power, communications and...

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Ashley Little
. 09.20.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Less Room on the Pole = No Room for Error

It is evident that everyday life has changed significantly over the past few decades. Twenty years ago, most people could not have imagined we would be carrying around palm-sized devices capable of streaming movies, playing the world’s catalog of...

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Ashley Little
. 09.13.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Is it Time to Renegotiate Your Joint Use Contracts?

One of the keys to running a business well is having visible oversight—the high-level, future-focused information that allows for continued success. In joint use, that means reviewing your contracts to ensure they are updated, correct and working...

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Ashley Little
. 08.30.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management, Contract Management & Negotiations

"Return to Sender" and Other Surprising Joint Use Contract Woes

In the world of joint use, connection and collaboration between pole owners, conduit owners and attaching companies is key. It is inherent in the term: if cooperation was not necessary, it would be called "solitary use." The thing is, it is...

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Ashley Little
. 08.23.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management, Contract Management & Negotiations

Mind the Gaps—Outdated Joint Use Contracts Can Cost You

Quick: How long has it been since you thoroughly reviewed your joint use contracts? I'm talking about the joint use agreements you have (for good or ill) with all the owners and attachers for the field assets you own. Last week, right? Good for...

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Ashley Little
. 08.16.2016

Topics: Trending Industry Issues, Contract Management & Negotiations

3 Reasons a Joint Use Handshake Agreement is No Better Than a Pat on the Back

Flashback to the year 1991. George Bush Sr. held the presidency. The Bulls held court in the NBA. When it came to getting down to business, we came to our respective conference tables armed with paper, pens and handshakes. Online docu-sign...

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Ashley Little
. 08.9.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Your Double Poles Are Hiding Lost Revenue

We have drilled it into your head: double utility poles are a liability. They are a safety issue. They cost money. They drain your joint use department's resources. But what if we ended this series on double wood by telling you that they can also...

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Ashley Little
. 08.2.2016

Topics: Asset Data Management

Why Double Wood is Really a Resource Contention Issue

We do a lot of talking about double utility poles from a safety perspective for good reason. Leaning or damaged poles left to further deteriorate or simply linger in drivers' line of sight and pedestrians' line of travel are hardly anything to...

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Ashley Little
. 07.26.2016

Topics: Managed Services

How Double Wood Could Damage Your City's Revitalization

You may have noticed the trend on a return visit to that older industrial city you pulled up roots from years ago. The neighborhoods are looking a bit more colorful and lively. On vacation, you may have felt the pull toward a lovely walkable...

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Ashley Little
. 07.21.2016

Topics: Trending Industry Issues

Building & Maintaining Relationships With Joint Use

Allowing double utility poles to linger in the field comes with a number of costs. The cost of increased liability from potentially damaged equipment that could fail, causing property damage or injury. The direct monetary cost of fines that can...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 07.19.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Do the Math: Compounding Poles Equals Compounding Fines

Call it double wood, double utility poles, or just a double headache for your joint use department, neglecting to remove an old pole when a new one has been installed right next door—or in the attacher's case, transfer off of a pole in a timely...

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Ashley Little
. 07.12.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Pole Transfers

From Collisions to Crossing Hazards: How Double Wood Can be Doubly Dangerous to the Public

2016 may be the year of the double utility pole.

Consult your favorite search engine's news section and you will find an increasing number of stories about everyone's (least) favorite double wood situation. Cities are now openly "tired of double...

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Ashley Little
. 07.6.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Tales From the Vault #2: Stories of Joint Use in the Wild

At Alden, our experts travel all over the country solving infrastructure asset management, data collection, data management and joint use issues for companies of all shapes and sizes. We see a lot of different situations, and as a result, we...

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Ashley Little
. 06.30.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Tales From the Vault #1: Stories of Joint Use in the Wild

At Alden, our experts travel all over the country solving issues in infrastructure asset management, data collection, data management and joint use for companies of all shapes and sizes. We see a lot of different situations, and as a result, we...

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Ashley Little
. 06.28.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Ensure Your Field Assessment Doesn't Turn into a Field Goose Chase

Assessing what's in the field is a key component to asset management. If you do not know what's out there or the current health of those assets today, you are missing vital pieces of information and potentially chunks of revenue. Especially if...

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Ashley Little
. 06.21.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management

Prevent Attachers from Becoming Bootleggers

Bootleg attachers are not born—they are made. While the occasional attaching company may be maliciously stealing space on your utility poles, the majority have likely fallen into unauthorized behavior through a variety of situations, from...

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Ashley Little
. 06.14.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

The Bootlegger’s Tale: 2 Reasons Attachers Go Rogue

Unauthorized attachers and bootlegs, are both common industry terms for companies that attach equipment unpermitted and/or unbeknownst to the owner of the pole it hangs on, or the conduit it resides within. Because these characters are...

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Ashley Little
. 06.6.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Your Attachment, My Liability: The Burden of the Utility Pole Owner

For pole owners, attachers are partners: entities that rely on mutual agreement to operate together in one space. However, sometimes things go wrong in the relationship, creating liability for pole owners that were likely never intended.

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Ashley Little
. 05.31.2016

Topics: Trending Industry Issues

How Backlogs Can Send Your Business Backwards

Let’s discuss something called the butterfly effect for a moment. Aside from being a decently entertaining Ashton Kutcher-led mid-2000s film, it is an actual offshoot of chaos theory that theorizes that, in short, even the smallest action can...

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Ashley Little
. 05.24.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Joint Use Hot Topics: The Race for Air and Land

As we have mentioned, the field of service providers—especially jack-of-all-trades businesses who blur the lines between telecommunications, entertainment and broadband internet—is getting a little crowded. Utility poles are now packed with...

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Ashley Little
. 05.17.2016

Topics: telecommunications asset management

3 Rules for Surviving Competition for Pole and Conduit Owners

In the technology world, it seems that most large companies are busy becoming jacks-of-all-trades. Broadband and cable companies now offer "voice and communication" services (previously known as telephone in our past lives). The search result...

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Ashley Little
. 05.10.2016

Topics: Trending Industry Issues

The New Way Double Wood is Becoming a Double Headache

Double wood has long been an unsightly issue for municipalities. Double poles look messy and degrade the look of city streets that residents would rather see clean and orderly. They are unsightly, impede views, clutter landscapes, and can...

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Ashley Little
. 05.3.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The Hidden Cost of Resource Contention

We frequently discuss the time and monetary constraints many joint use departments face, often in the context of resource contention. This is an issue that affects many, if not all, of our clients in some way. We have discovered that beyond the...

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Ashley Little
. 04.26.2016

Topics: Managed Services, Resource Contention

The Good Old Bad Old Days: Joint Use 50 Years Ago and Today

Picture this: the year is 1966. Lyndon Johnson is President. A box of corn flakes costs a cool 39 cents. Star Trek graces the airwaves for the first time and the Orioles take the Major League pennant. Joint use is a much simpler thing. Parity...

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Ashley Little
. 04.19.2016

Topics: Managed Services, JU History

3 Personality Types You Should Look for in a Managed Services Provider

 

In our everyday lives, as well as in business, the quality of our partnerships often hinges on the personalities involved. People are characters and certain job tasks require particular aptitudes and attitudes. In your best friends, you seek...

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Ashley Little
. 04.12.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Do You Need Joint Use Assistance and Not Know It?

Deep in the mines of days past, workers would carry along a small, caged bird on each subterranean trip. Its purpose? To serve as a warning signal. Should dangerous gasses like carbon monoxide build up in the tunnels, the songbird would expire...

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Ashley Little
. 04.5.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Managed Services

Outsourcing & Infrastructure Asset Management: Pick Your Mix

When utility pole owners, attaching companies or anyone with a joint use department decide to ask for help, we have found it usually has to do with one big thing: resource contention. Many joint use departments simply do not have the resources to...

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Ashley Little
. 03.29.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

How is Double Wood a Double Headache? Let Us Count the Ways

While many unexpected issues can be discovered during utility pole inspections, among the most common is double wood. For whatever reason—incompleted pole transfers, where you have two poles where there should only be one, is not a problem you...

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Ashley Little
. 03.22.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

How Managed Services Bring the Two Halves of Joint Use Together

Joint use is, by nature, a bit of a fractured business: it has two distinct sides to its story. On one hand, you have physical assets in the field— utility poles and conduit that require physical attention to install and maintain. On the other...

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Ashley Little
. 03.15.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Why Moving On is Hard to Do – For Pole Owners

Moving is never easy. Whether you are talking about packing up and changing zip codes or detaching equipment and moving it to the next utility pole over, there is something uniquely bothersome about the simple act of relocation. In another...

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Ashley Little
. 03.8.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Why Moving On (Changing Poles) is Hard to Do – For Attachers

You may have heard the anecdote that moving—picking up your belongings, removing them from one location and depositing them in another—is one of life’s greatest stressors. We would bet this is true—especially when you are talking about utility...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.1.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Get your Head in the Cloud: 3 Ways Cloud Computing Has Changed Business and Will Change Joint Use

In the past few years, the idea and application of cloud computing has exploded. It almost seems as though we will cease to store important information on our personal devices or keep stacks of external drives gathering dust on our desks. Apps...

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Ashley Little
. 02.23.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Three Things Presidential Campaigns Can Teach Us About Joint Use

With election season in full swing and the appointment of the next leader of the United States a mere six months away, our nation’s attention is tuned to television and social media, dissecting the views and every move of the field of hopefuls....

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Ashley Little
. 02.16.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

3 Habits of Highly Organized Joint Use Professionals

We are now a month into 2016, and while a lot of resolutions have been made, we know that it is difficult to keep them as the year goes on. January is the proving ground for turning great end-of-year ideas into year-long habits, but if you have...

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Ashley Little
. 02.2.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

What Does the Future of Joint Use Look Like?

"Utility poles are like snowflakes: no two are alike." – Barry Wise, Alden Project Manager

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Ashley Little
. 01.26.2016

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Weird Weather Ahead: El Niño and Infrastructure Asset Management

The phrase "If you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes" was most likely quipped by Mark Twain, but just about any meteorologist in the country could have uttered it in the past few months. It is the year of the "El Niño" in the...

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Ashley Little
. 01.19.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

Three Big Things That Will Impact Infrastructure Asset Management in 2016

Happy New Year to the utility and infrastructure asset management world! 2015 gave us lots to say about backlogs and field assessments, NESC violations, and the ever-turning field asset management cycle. 2016 will, we know, pose new challenges....

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Ashley Little
. 01.12.2016

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management

How Could Economic Recovery Affect Your Business as Usual?

It has been a banner couple of years for the construction industry. According to the American Institute of Architects, nationally, housing starts passed a million units in 2014 – the first time they have been at that rate since before the bubble...

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Ashley Little
. 01.5.2016

Topics: Field Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Field Inspection Benefits: Catching Top Violations

Regular, thorough field inspections are the best path to complete visibility of the current status and condition of your plant. From pinpointing pole location, verifying asset health and identifying potential unauthorized (bootleg) attachers,...

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Ashley Little
. 12.8.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

A Joint Use Inquiry: To In-House or Outsource?

As business-critical decisions go, when the work gets heavy and resources get thin, this question is often heard: Should we use in-house staff or outsource?

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Ashley Little
. 12.1.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Think Ahead: How Being Proactive Can Benefit Joint Use

Let's think about business strategy in two ways: proactive and reactive. These behaviors apply in every type of organization, in every market imaginable, but in the world of joint use, knowing the difference—and knowing what type of business you...

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Ashley Little
. 11.17.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management

When "Business as Usual" is Anything but: Coping with the Everyday & the Unforeseen

Large-scale growth. A boom in the housing market that requires many poles be erected or cable laid. Disaster. Weather. That day when all the utility poles in the field seem to age into maintenance issues at once.

There are a lot of unexpected...

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Ashley Little
. 11.10.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

The Resource Contention Conundrum: Productivity Hacks for Joint Use

In the world of joint use management, there is always another task on your to-do list. If it is not requests to attach, it is requests to disconnect. If poles do not need maintenance, they need replacement.As you may guess, each of these actions...

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Ashley Little
. 11.3.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

A Joint Use Recipe: Backlog Buffet

As fall’s crisp days begin in most places in the U.S. and the celebratory among us start thinking about overstuffed birds, starchy vegetables, and miles of sweet treats, we have been thinking of a joint use recipe that is very popular year round:

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Ashley Little
. 10.27.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

How Do Bad Backlogs Happen to Good Companies?

Backlogs – a buildup of overdue and incomplete joint use and other work requests – come in all varieties, from pole transfer backlogs to pileups of permits to attach, from unremedied NESC violations to mountains of detach notices. Think this...

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Ashley Little
. 10.20.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Bad Poles Part II: How to Avoid Owning Them

As we previously discussed, it is possible for a company to assume ownership of "bad" utility poles. These "bad" assets are poles that have been decommissioned but are still standing alongside their replacements. This generally happens as a...

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Ashley Little
. 10.13.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Bad Poles: Do You Own Them & What is Your Liability?

If the term "bad poles" sounds ominous, that is because it is—at least in terms of your organization’s appetite for risk. No one wants these unwanted and generally unneeded assets on their books, but your organization may have even assumed...

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Ashley Little
. 10.6.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management

What Happens When the Contractual Agreement for Pole Transfer Completion Expires? 

Pole transfer requests are business as usual for attachers and utility pole owners. A pole is damaged, ages beyond its usefulness or is upgraded from wood to another material. Pole owners move their equipment to a new pole and request attachers...

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Ashley Little
. 09.29.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

4 Crucial Things to Assess to Gain Control Over Utility Pole Transfer Requests

Pole transfers are an unavoidable part of the joint use universe. This business-as-usual task requires resource allocation, time, thought and consistent record-keeping to keep track of what has been requested, how much time has elapsed, what...

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Ashley Little
. 09.22.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

3 Reasons Your Utility Pole Transfer Requests Are Overdue

Utility poles are hardly immortal. They age beyond useful life. They rot and are damaged by elements, human activity and nature. Pole owners decide to replace them with structures made of new and different materials, such as swapping a wooden...

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Ashley Little
. 09.15.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Keeping Data Current

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 09.1.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Getting Results

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are you...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.25.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Collecting Data

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.18.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Navigating the Field Asset Management Cycle: Need Better Data?

Effective field asset management is not a straight line from installation to decommission; it should be viewed as a continuous loop, a cycle of data acquisition, interpretation, and renewal for all your field assets. The question is: Where are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.11.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Field Asset Management: A Continuous Cycle

You buy a brand new utility pole (or many), plan the job and install the poles. These field assets have an estimated life that you can generally count on before they will need to be replaced. On this day, you know that the data about those poles...

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Ashley Little
. 08.4.2015

Topics: Field Asset Management, Asset Data Management

Behind Utility Pole Inspection: How Are Poles Made?

At Alden, we have audited millions of assets during utility pole inspections. Assessing poles for violations and safety concerns, surveying their locations, as well as counting and recording attachers, are all vital parts of keeping service...

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Ashley Little
. 07.28.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Deregulation: Managing Change with Infrastructure Asset Management

Just a little under half of all U.S. states have deregulated energy[1], a construct that allows consumers to shop around for their service provider. The other half, however, are not immune to its influence. Deregulation changed the game for ...

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Ashley Little
. 07.21.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Infrastructure Asset Management, State of the Industry

Wrapping up NESC Encyclopedia: G for Greater Than, H for Head to Next Pole

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspection is a vital part of successful field asset verification. So what really happens out there during assessment of equipment? In this issue, we finish out the chain of inspection events,...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 07.14.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

F is for Forty Inches: Ensuring Safe Workspaces Via Utility Pole Inspection

From first observation to final inspection, utility pole inspection is a vital part of successful field management. So what really happens out there during an equipment assessment? In this post, we talk about line inspections, referencing F, for...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 06.23.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

E is for Equipment: Asset Verification for Effective Asset Management

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspections are a vital part of successful field asset verification. So what really happens out there during assessment of equipment? Today, we step back and consider a higher-level concern for...

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Ashley Little
. 06.16.2015

Topics: Asset Data Management, Asset Inventory Management, Pole Transfers, Utility Pole Inspection

D is for Define: Knowing Your Assets in Utility Pole Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, inventories are a vital part of successful field asset management. So what really happens out there during an equipment assessment? Today, we take a look at another step in the process: Defining Asset...

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Ashley Little
. 06.9.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

C is for Capture: Asset Verification in the Field

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspections are a vital part of successful field asset verification. So what really happens out there during assessment of equipment? Today, we take a look at the third step: Efficiently capture...

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Ashley Little
. 06.2.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

B is for Behold: Getting a Closer Look During Utility Pole Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, utility pole inspections are a vital part of successful field asset management. So what really happens during inspection? Today, we take a look at the second step: Behold Up Close.

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Ashley Little
. 05.19.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

A is for Audit: The First Stop in Field Asset Management

From first sight to final inspection a thorough utility pole inventory and inspection is a vital part of successful field asset management. But what actually happens during a utility pole inspection? Today we will discuss the first crucial step: ...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 05.12.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Utility Pole Inspection

Infrastructure Asset Management and Change: Predicting the Future

With U.S. infrastructure aging in a big way, utility pole owners will soon be faced with a dilemma: replace or repair a large number of vital assets, or get smart fast with a new take on infrastructure asset management designed to predict when...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 05.5.2015

Topics: Infrastructure Asset Management, State of the Industry

Infrastructure Asset Management and Change: What’s New?

From paper and pencil to spreadsheet and mouse, to connected, cloud-based joint use management systems, infrastructure asset management has changed dramatically over the past decade. Change however, is a constant, and as the state of assets and...

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Ashley Little
. 04.28.2015

Get Efficient, Save Money: Electronic Asset Verification & Management

Asset verification and management has come a long way since the days of pencil and ledger, but taking the step toward using connected, automated technology to keep track of your valuable assets not only makes things easier, but more...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 04.21.2015

Topics: Asset Inventory Management

Field Asset Management: An Encyclopedia of NESC Inspection

From first sight to final inspection, a thorough utility pole inventory and inspection is a vital part of successful field asset management. But what goes into a typical NESC inspection of poles in the field? Today, with the help of Alden’s...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 04.14.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List #10: Leaning Poles

While there are many issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune.

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Ashley Little
. 04.7.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List #9 Missing & Damaged Ground Wires

While there are many issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. Today, we address a problem that may be number...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.31.2015

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List #8: Abandoned Poles

While there are dozens of issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This installment, the eighth in an ongoing...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.24.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Joint Use Most Wanted List #7: Abandoned J-Hooks, P-Hooks & Anchors

While there are dozens of issues in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often that we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune.

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.17.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

The Human Element of Asset Management: Technician Accountability

Perhaps the trickiest and most difficult aspect of asset management is bringing order to the human aspect of technician accountability.

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Ashley Little
. 03.3.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

Basic Asset Management: How Keeping Track of Your Business Assets Saves Money

A few months back, major media outlets ran a story on the U.S. Government and the loss of millions of dollars of ammunition in Afghanistan.[1] Before your mind goes to all things political on this topic, it is interesting to note that the story...

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Ashley Little
. 02.25.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

Telecom CO Spotlight: Spare Cabinet ESD (electrostatic discharge)

In everyday life, ESD or electrostatic discharge is a fairly harmless phenomenon. On a cool, dry day you may brush against something, creating a small electric charge that you then discharge with a little arc of electricity and a small, slightly...

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Ashley Little
. 02.17.2015

Topics: Plug-in Spares Management

The Down Low on RT - Remote Terminal Assets

Most people probably do not pay much attention to the boxes on the side of the road called remote terminals or RTs. Most probably they do not realize they house equipment and function as important extensions to telco central office locations.

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 02.10.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management

The Rural Broadband Experiment: The Winners!

 

We would probably say that nearly everyone “wins” in the race to connect rural locations to high-speed internet—families, children, schools, small businesses, everyone—but the FCC recently announced the names of 40 entities who will receive a...

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Ashley Little
. 02.3.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List, #6: Improper Climbing and Working Space

While there are many issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the sixth in an ongoing series...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 01.27.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Pack and Ship: Safe Circuit Pack Shipping to Avoid Loss

Wrapping and shipping are a couple of the activities we do not all enjoy. In the CO world, however, these tasks such as packing up and shipping out plugs from CO (central office) to CO, RT to CO or to other facilities within a company’s system, is a...

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Ashley Little
. 01.22.2015

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Plug-in Spares Management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List #5: Mid-Span Vertical Clearance Issues

While there are many of joint use violation issues, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the fifth in an ongoing series detailing utility...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 01.20.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Spotlight on Joint Use: The Oregon Joint Use Association

In  the Pacific Northwest, something interesting is happening in the world of joint use—collaboration, organization and connection that is finding its way across the country with happy copycat behavior state to state. At the center of it all is a...

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Ashley Little
. 01.13.2015

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Bring out Your Dead: Tracking, Treatment of Defective Plug-in Assets

During inventory in the CO world, our experts see all kinds of interesting situations regarding plug-in assets and other equipment inside central offices and remote terminals. Thousands of dollars worth of plugs stacked up, touching one another,...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 01.6.2015

Topics: Plug-in Spares Management

Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List #4: Damaged Comm Drops

While there are dozens of issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This article is the fourth in an ongoing...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 12.16.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Manufacture Discontinued Assets: Do Not Hoard, Label!

In the CO (central office) world, as well as elsewhere in the utility and telecommunications universe, there will always be specific pieces of equipment that are considered “critical”—that is, vital to operations and maintaining uninterrupted...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 12.11.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Cities get busy as citizens Demand Broadband; Cities Get Busy

You could say it all started in Kansas City. In 2012, tech giant Google extended the high-speed broadband carrot to all residents of the mid-sized Kansas city, immediately sparking a race to become the second—and third and fourth—metro area to be...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 12.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Utility Pole Producers, Costs and Maintenance

The treated wooden utility pole is the all-star of the joint use world. Straight. Strong. Renewable. Resistant to wind and rain, and when treated, bugs and rot. These common and incredibly valuable assets are the backbone of both businesses and...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 12.2.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

CO Spotlight: What is ESD and What Does it Mean for Me?

Think back to childhood. It is winter and the air is crisp and dry. You put on your thick wool socks, and with all your might, rub your feet back and forth across carpeting in your parents’ living room. You reach out with one tingling finger...

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Ashley Little
. 11.20.2014

Topics: Plug-in Spares Management

Why Use Third-Party Administration? Reason 3: Knowledge is Power

At Alden, we declared November to be “Forget doing it yourself and get help!” month with a series of blogs dedicated to why using third-party administration (TPA) to solve some of your joint use issues might be a good idea. What is third-party...

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Ashley Little
. 11.18.2014

Why Use Third-Party Administration? Reason 2: Flexibility

At Alden, we declared November to be “Forget doing it yourself and get help!” month with a series of blogs dedicated to why using third-party administration (TPA) to solve some of your joint use issues might be a good idea. What is third-party...

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Ashley Little
. 11.13.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Why Use Third-Party Administration? Reason 1: Backlogs

At Alden, we are declaring November “Forget doing it yourself and get help!” month with a series of blogs dedicated to why using third-party administration (TPA) to solve some of your joint use issues might be a good idea. What is third-party...

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Ashley Little
. 11.11.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The Wonderful Wood Utility Pole: History and Benefits

Utility poles come in a variety of materials from metal to concrete to composites such as fiberglass, however, we would like to turn our attention to—and delve into the details of—perhaps the most prevalent type of pole in use today: the treated...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 11.7.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Real-Life Tales of Conduit Horror

It is Halloween, and here on the Alden Joint Use Communications blog, we are thinking about some scary stuff. Are we having nightmares about zombies? Seeing witches around every corner? Hearing ghosts rustle down the hall? No.

The horrors on our...

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Ashley Little
. 10.31.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Copper Theft: Out of Control

Copper: A malleable great conductor of heat and electricity. Its alloys—brass, bronze and gunmetal—are some of the most sought-after materials in manufacturing. In the utility industry, copper is everywhere, grounding equipment to ensure public...

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Ashley Little
. 10.30.2014

The Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List, #3: Guy Structure

While there are dozens of issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the second in a series detailing...

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Ashley Little
. 10.28.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

The Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List, #2 – Damaged and Broken Poles

While there are dozens of violations recognized and fined under NESC code, there are a few we see so often we consider them violations of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the second in a series...

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Ashley Little
. 10.23.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

The Joint Use Violation Most Wanted List, #1 – Aging Pole Transfers

While there are dozens of issues and violations in the joint use world, there are a few we see so often we consider them problems of interest: repeat offenses to which no utility pole owner is immune. This blog is the second in a series detailing...

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Ashley Little
. 10.21.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

The pole has to go: Utility Pole Transfer Designations

Picture this: Two poles stand where only one should be. You may call it “double wood," but utility pole owners and municipalities alike call it a danger and a hassle. It even has the potential to be an Ordinance violation.

The removal of double...

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Ashley Little
. 10.16.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Plugs: Eight Criteria for Creating Optimal Inventory Safety Levels

In the telecom industry, some equipment is critical to maintaining normal operations. Inside a good deal of that equipment, circuitry packs called “plugs or plug-ins” make up the puzzle pieces that connect our calls and make communication...

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Ashley Little
. 10.14.2014

Topics: Plug-in Spares Management

Pole Safety: An Owner's Perspective

At the Alden Updater, we are declaring October utility pole safety month. We actually think this should be every month. In the interest of raising awareness and spurring action toward safer plants and poles everywhere in the U.S., we boldly claim...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 10.10.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Telco Download: What is a Central Office?

Today begins a recurring series on the Alden Updater about telecommunications industry issues, equipment and central office organization, starting with a primer on one of the most important links in the call chain: the central office itself....

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 10.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Hang the For Sale Sign: Why & When of Buying or Selling Utility Poles

Telephone poles are a valuable asset for power utilities, municipalities and telecoms—hundreds to thousands of forty-foot revenue-generating properties. For the most part, poles generally remain under fairly static ownership much of their lives,...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 10.8.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

The Inventory Cycle: When and How Often?

There is little doubt that good inventory management practices are valuable to nearly any business, especially an inventory process that relies on physical equipment to stay operational day to day. Much thought is given to calculating spares or...

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Ashley Little
. 09.25.2014

Topics: Asset Inventory Management

How to Generate Revenue with Equipment Spares

Imagine this scenario: your asset inventory is complete. Min/max levels for spare equipment have been calculated, enough critical assets are available and easily locatable on the shelves, equipment for repair has been sent out, and broken and...

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Ashley Little
. 09.23.2014

Topics: Plug-in Spares Management

Three Ways to Improve Inventory Management

As summer turns to fall in the U.S., the days get shorter, things needing completion before the holidays get more urgent, and your laundry list for the year may start to look a little daunting compared to the days left to accomplish it. Was a...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 09.19.2014

Topics: Asset Inventory Management

Integration & Inventory: Creating a Tightly Connected Asset Catalog

While a thorough, well-executed inventory is good for business in itself, using robust data collection software that is tightly integrated with your company’s asset catalog has a number of benefits. Today, we will discuss six worth giving some...

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Ashley Little
. 09.16.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Gigabit Service to “Light Up Cincinnati”: Are you Ready?

It is up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband, already available to corporate and institutional customers around the U.S., and is coming to homes in a mid-sized city near you. What is it? Gigabit broadband service. This month,...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 09.12.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Why ID Unknown Assets?

In January of 2013, telecom giant AT&T agreed to buy parts of the Alltel cellular network for $780M. In October of the same year, mobile provider T-Mobile USA's parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, agreed to buy rival phone carrier MetroPCS, to...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 09.9.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Inventory Management 201: 10 Benefits to Spare Recovery

Among the many benefits of conducting thorough asset inventories regularly is the potential for spare asset recovery. Spare recovery is the "process of maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment."[1]

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Ashley Little
. 09.5.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Inventory Basics: Five Tips to Get You Started

With warehouses of assets spread over miles of territory, hidden in trucks, closets and buildings in various states of organization, the prospect of completing a thorough inventory of all assets your business owns may feel like a daunting task....

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Ashley Little
. 09.2.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Happy 100th Birthday to the NESC!

We would like to pause for a moment to celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential forces in the Utility industry: the National Electric Safety Code (NESC). First introduced in August of 1914, the document hits a healthy 100 years in...

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Ashley Little
. 08.29.2014

Four-Wall Inventory: The Real Value

In today's economic climate, with efficiency and cost-effectiveness of utmost important, companies are compelled to evaluate the value of every business process in relation to cost. This includes the vital task of inventory. To control asset...

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Ashley Little
. 08.26.2014

Two-Wheeled Wellness: In the U.S.A's Right-of-Way

Biking for fitness, wellness and sustainable or "green" commuting is an activity that has swept our nation. It should come as no surprise: one of the oldest methods of mechanical transportation, biking burns about 300 calories per hour if you are...

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Ashley Little
. 08.22.2014

Five Must-Haves for Beginning an Asset Inventory Project

Now that we have likely convinced you of the benefits of conducting a thorough inventory of all assets and materials, it is time to get your scanning, cataloging and organizing show on the road and conduct your own inventory. Before you do,...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.19.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Counting on Success: Calculating Safety Stock Levels

Whether your business calls them min/max levels, safety stock levels, or something else, ensuring you have the right amount of equipment and other assets on hand—just enough, but not too much—is a delicate balance. Keep more than you need and you...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.14.2014

Topics: Regulatory

A Double Wood Double Feature: What does Your Company Do?

Double wood is an issue we have tackled before. A couple of times, in fact. Double poles, often the result of transfer backlogs, can lead to bigger problems, so we would like to revisit.

Double wood or poles can cause a number of problems and...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.11.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Refuse or Revenue: Inventory Management Reveals Spare Equipment

The world changes fast. Constant technological shifts mean companies must upgrade equipment regularly to remain competitive and up-to-date with current standards. This is the price of doing business in the mile-a-minute 21st century, and...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.7.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Copper Theft: A Dangerous Epidemic

This summer, one Texas co-op is facing $20,000-plus in losses due to the actions of some ingenious thieves. Armed with a homemade device that included standard, consumer-grade limb cutters, more than 85 spans of copper wire were taken from the...

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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 08.5.2014

Joint Use Trivia: Everything You Never Knew About Utility Poles

 We discuss utility pole assets often on the Alden Updater. You see them every day while you’re driving, walking, and just going about your business. If you are reading this blog, you may already know a lot about them. So, what are these...

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Ashley Little
. 08.1.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Know Your Assets: Six Asset Inventory Fundamentals

Like a thorough housecleaning for your business, a well-performed inventory sheds light on lost assets, recovers revenue, identifies excess assets and eliminates waste. All this helps your organization to better manage stockpiles of various...

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Ashley Little
. 07.29.2014

RFID: Pros & Cons in Asset Management

RFID (radio-frequency identification) is wireless, non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data,[1] and it may be the most useful technology many people may not be aware of.

The first patent for RFID, as it is...

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Ashley Little
. 07.25.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management, Owned Asset Management

GPS vs. Asset Tags: Are Your Poles Speaking the Language of Success?

Imagine each utility pole across the world’s landscape as an individual entity with a position on the earth and a set of circumstances that makes it unique. Now, imagine if each pole could “speak.” What would it say? It depends on the questions...

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Ashley Little
. 07.22.2014

Organization to Go: The Benefits of Inventorying Trucks

Valuable assets can hide out anywhere. In that forgotten closet at headquarters, somewhere in the warehouse, in buildings your company has not inventoried in a while, etc. In industries such as telecommunications and utility, along with the many...

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Ashley Little
. 07.15.2014

Benefits of Joint Use Departments: Part Two

We have already discussed the benefits of having a joint use department, but what if your business is too small to truly support a full “department” dedicated to joint use? Outsourcing joint use management to a third party administrator (TPA) may...

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Ashley Little
. 07.10.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Taking out the Trash: Disposing of Equipment Excess after Inventory

Most businesses keep spare equipment and other operationally important items on hand to ensure they are providing services, day after day, month after month without interruption.. Whether stored in warehouses, stashed at corporate headquarters,...

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Ashley Little
. 07.9.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Asset Inventory: Take Control to Avoid Negative Consequences

Conducting regular, successful asset inventories is as vital a business function as providing quality service to your customers. As we have mentioned before, your assets are your livelihood, and if you do not know what you have or the value of...

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Ashley Little
. 07.8.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Inventory Management: Use Internal Resources or Outsource?

When a business has made the choice to conduct an asset inventory, the organization has a number of important decisions to make: in what format do you want the inventory data returned? How will you update your legacy systems with the new data?...

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Ashley Little
. 07.3.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Gigabit Wireless: Are You Ready?

Everywhere you look, we are more and more connected. Our televisions stream high-definition content into our living rooms. Our gaming devices allow real-time play with competitors around the world. Our music comes from the cloud, not a stack of...

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Ashley Little
. 07.2.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

DAS: The Next Great Attachment Race

DAS is a hot button topic for some utility pole owners, and a growing issue in the world of joint use. Short for “distributed antenna system”, DAS is a network of antenna nodes often attached to utility poles to provide wireless service to a...

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Ashley Little
. 07.1.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Inventory Management 101: Improving Data Collection and Asset Recovery Processes

Inventory management likely ranks at the top of people’s lists of stressful activities—and near the bottom in terms of excitement. Regardless of your enthusiasm for finding, coding, logging, organizing and reconciling every piece of spare...

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Ashley Little
. 06.26.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Underground Vaults: Out of Sight But Not Out of Reach for Bootlegs

Utility poles are visible, tangible assets—40 feet of hard to forget wood towering above ground. Exposed and often installed in remote areas, it is easy to imagine bootleg attachers finding their way onto them, and creating potential violations...

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Ashley Little
. 06.25.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Joint Use Departments: The Benefits

Navigating the connections, communications, contracts and other complexities that come with joint use asset management may be one of the most intense aspects of owning utility poles and vaults. From enforcing contract details and communication...

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Ashley Little
. 06.24.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Repair it or Regret it: Six Fixes You May Have Overlooked

We have already given you Five Reasons to Take Control of your Inventory Audit Cycle, but numbers two and three on the list—safety and equipment repair—are so important, they are worth a deeper discussion. Equipment in the field can quickly turn...

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Ashley Little
. 06.19.2014

Joint Use Communication: Getting the Right Data to the Right Department Right on Time

Joint use does not exist in a vacuum—there are many other departments and divisions within a typical pole-owning utility or municipality’s operations that rely on accurate, timely information regarding the placement and management of attachments...

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Ashley Little
. 06.18.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Five Reasons to Take Control of your Inventory Audit Cycle

Around and around it goes; the inventory audit cycle. Audits rely on you to start them as they do not happen by themselves. If you need a little motivation however, we can help, with five reasons to take control and take action with an inventory...

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Ashley Little
. 06.17.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Pole Inspection

Contract Enforcement: 3 Reasons it should be at the Top of Pole Owners’ To-Do Lists

Think for a moment about joint use contracts. These detail-filled documents are an important part of any utility pole owner’s everyday business, putting into writing the expectations and limitations of relationships with attaching companies....

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Ashley Little
. 06.12.2014

Attachments: Identifying—and Solving—Common Problems

In April of 2011, the FCC adopted an order that significantly overhauled pole attachment guidelines. Among other things, this directive detailed the specific rights and obligations for pole owners and attachers regarding access, attachment rates...

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Ashley Little
. 06.11.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Before the Deal and After the Fact: Two Ways to Banish Bootlegs

No utility pole owner relishes the thought of undocumented, unwanted, un-paid bootleg attachments hiding out on their poles. How can an owner combat the problem and collect the rent and fees that are due? Further, how can pole owners stop further...

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Ashley Little
. 06.10.2014

Delayed Pole Transfer and Injury: A Serious Problem

According to a study conducted in New York State, among 1,134 non-standard conditions discovered during 2,023 utility pole inspections, a full five percent of poles in violation were in the midst of an uncompleted transfer.[1] We have already...

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Ashley Little
. 06.5.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Left Behind: Dealing with Abandoned Equipment

Utility pole real estate is prime property, which is the main reason why pole owners should never suffer space and revenue-wasting bootleg attachers. It is also important to consider abandoned equipment taking up valuable space on poles. Whether...

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Ashley Little
. 06.4.2014

Best Practices: Your Company’s Best Bet

Being a utility pole owner is complicated; there are a lot of moving—and stationary—parts to keep track of and control. We know that most people have all the best intentions, and work hard to be organized and properly manage their company’s poles...

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Ashley Little
. 05.29.2014

Get off that Pole: 3 Keys to Getting Attachers to Transfer

The utility pole to utility pole attachment transfer process generally goes something like this: A utility pole is damaged, by any number of forces. Dry rot may have impaired its structure. A woodpecker may have made it her home. A car might have...

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Ashley Little
. 05.22.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Rural Broadband: Benefits to Communities, Effects on Utility Pole Owners

In the age of streaming video and multi-player online games, the always-on connectivity and speed of broadband Internet at home is becoming the norm for most people in the U.S. Notice we said “most.” According to AOL, more than 2.5 million people...

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Ashley Little
. 05.21.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

Field Inventories Pay Off

There is little doubt that a thorough field inventory has its benefits. Taking the time to visually inspect utility poles and create an accurate database of information such as location, age, condition, attachers, repairs made, transfers needed...

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Ashley Little
. 05.20.2014

Topics: Field Asset Management

Goodbye to Spreadsheets, Hello to the Future of Joint Use Management.

The common spreadsheet… for many, it seems the perfect solution for tracking utility pole assets. According to research conducted by Financial Director Magazine, 62% of businesses of responders are currently using spreadsheets as the primary...

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Ashley Little
. 05.14.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Utility Pole Audits: Why It’s Important to Peruse your Poles

Utility poles: Out there in the wilderness and on roadsides they stand, stoically marching through small towns and big cities all over the U.S. They are invisible to most, unsightly to others, but typically out of mind. However, ignoring them can...

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Ashley Little
. 05.13.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Utility Pole Inspection

Scanned, Sealed and Delivered: Barcode Scanning for Accuracy

The now ubiquitous alternating thick-and-thin lines of the standard barcode first appeared in supermarkets in the early 1960’s, but barcode history reaches back even further. The first patent for a bar code type product was issued to inventors...

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Ashley Little
. 05.9.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

7 Things Joint Use Managers May Be Overlooking

When it comes to joint use management, there is a lot to know. From regulatory differences state to state, to the subtleties of contract management, to simply having a good working knowledge of your attachers and their businesses, the management...

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Ashley Little
. 05.8.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Spring Cleaning: Violations and Backlogs

As the days lengthen and the sun shines a little more warmly on us, it is time to shake the dust out of our homes, our lives, and even our businesses. That’s right, it is spring cleaning time, and for utility pole owners, that means cleaning house

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Ashley Little
. 04.28.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Tall and Skinny and Full of Problems: What is eating your utility poles?

Today, there are an estimated 134 million utility poles standing tall in the U.S. alone, almost one for every other person in the country.[1] To say that all exist in varying states of repair and disrepair is an understatement. A wide variety of...

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Ashley Little
. 04.25.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Electric Utility Substation Sabotage: Stakes Remain High for Future Security

When an unknown individual slipped into PG&E’s Metcalf Substation in April 2013 and fired a rifle on transformers causing more than $15 million in damage, many in the utility industry considered it a security game-changer. “It was a pretty big...

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Ashley Little
. 04.24.2014

Utility Pole Attachment Agreements: Ohio Sets the Stage

A quick update on the local vs. federal issue regarding control over utility pole attachment rate setting, an issue currently being discussed in house legislature sessions across the U.S. Ohio, it seems, has struck a deal that did not require...

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Ashley Little
. 04.18.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Conduit Horrors: Five Scary Reasons to Check Your Vaults

They may not be as visible as the typical utility pole, but underground vaults are a vital—and often overlooked—link in the utility service chain.

We may walk over them every day, but it does not pay to neglect them. For example, two major cities...

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Ashley Little
. 04.16.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Girding the Grid: Vandalism, Safety and Security

You may not have heard much about it, but in April of 2013, someone slipped into an underground vault near a busy freeway in California and cut a few telephone cables. Half an hour later, snipers began firing on a nearby electrical substation, ...

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Ashley Little
. 04.15.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

What Lies Beneath: Safety, Security and Underground Vaults

A sniper opened fire on a California substation on a dark night in April of 2013, however, the story began sometime earlier in an underground vault, where telephone lines were cut hours before the substation was fired upon. While grid security in...

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Ashley Little
. 04.11.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Joint Use Asset Management, Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Rural America is Ready for Broadband. Are you?

In the beginning, in the great wide-open spaces of America, there were only limited, analog entertainment options. Television stations sent signals that were picked up by rooftop antennae, pointed toward the metropolitan meccas. Some homes—those...

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Ashley Little
. 04.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility Asset Management

Safety Counts: In the Office and on the Lines

From Smokey the Bear to OSHA to your own mother, “safety first” is a message we have heard over and over again in our personal and professional lives. In addition, safety, as it pertains to power poles, is a huge deal—health, livelihoods and...

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Ashley Little
. 04.8.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Joint Use Management: What’s your Process?

Pencil and paper? Excel spreadsheets? Straight from memory? How do you do joint use management?

What is your process for managing your joint use assets?

Do you have a documented process?

Whether you are responsible for 10 utility poles or...

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Ashley Little
. 04.4.2014

Topics: Joint Use Asset Management

Local vs. State Control: Municipalities Join the Fight

It is an issue that splits the nation, often straight down party lines: local versus state control. Now, you can count utility pole attachments among the things this polarizing matter affects.

In February of this year, the Missouri House of...

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Ashley Little
. 04.2.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

On a Roll: Reducing Expenses with Timely Utility Pole Inspections

A Google search for “storm damage, power poles” turns up roughly 1.8 million hits. That is a lot of news stories, white papers, and casual mentions of power poles being damaged due to inclement weather. Tally it up, and to fix those broken,...

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Ashley Little
. 04.1.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Lawsuits and Liability: When Poles Break, You May Pay

Accidents involving utility poles happen. Many involve automobiles toppling or breaking poles in crashes — a situation pole owners can mitigate a number of ways— but attachment load and the health of the pole itself can also play a role in...

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Ashley Little
. 03.25.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

DAS and You: As Wi-Fi Booms, Don’t Bust

Today, the world is more data hungry than ever. At the end of 2013, there were more mobile devices than people on earth. Ninety percent of adults now have a mobile device within reach 100 percent of the time. There will be more than seven billion...

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Ashley Little
. 03.21.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Backlogs: The Bane of Pole Owner Business

The nature—and volume—of pole attachment has evolved immensely over the past 35 years. Pre-1978, space on utility poles was mostly reserved for the power utility and the telecommunications provider for an area. Post-1978, cable companies and...

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Ashley Little
. 03.19.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

New Rules for California Utility Poles

Three downed utility poles in Malibu, CA resulted in the burning of more than 4,521 acres, the payment of $63.5 million in settlement agreements and now, a long list of new rules adopted by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC)[1]....

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Ashley Little
. 03.18.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Protecting Utility Poles from Wildfires

On average, there are between 60,000 and 80,000 wildfires that occur in the United States each year, burning anywhere from 3 million to almost 10 million acres of land as they spread across the nation1. With temperatures on the rise throughout...

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Ashley Little
. 03.14.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Reduce Your Costs and Increase Revenue – Know Your Poles Attributes

There is an unbelievable amount of data to keep track of when dealing with utility poles. Each pole has a plethora of data attributes associated with it.
  • What is the pole's location?
  • How many companies have equipment attached to the...
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Ashley Little
. 03.12.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Pitfalls of Joint Use Utility Pole Management: Project Notification

As a utility pole owner, one of the challenges you regularly face is coordinating pole transfers. The pole owner must coordinate with each attacher on the pole being replaced to ensure they remove equipment from the old pole and transfer it to...

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Ashley Little
. 03.11.2014

Topics: Pole Transfers

Utility Pole Data: 4 Must-Have Facts

Increasing demands on the utilities industry brings an increase in the need for accurate asset data. Consider the following situation:

A utility company receives a request from another company to rent space for attachments on several hundred...

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Ashley Little
. 03.7.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Tax Savings: Often-overlooked Benefit of up-to-date Field Asset Inventory Data

Having up-to-date asset inventory data is important for many reasons. Current, accurate data can be used to document ownership, verify your inventory is in working order, and ensure the reliability of your service. Having current inventory data...

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Ashley Little
. 03.5.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management

What's Hanging on Your Utility Pole and Are You Liable?

Safety is paramount in the power industry. And with a utility pole, there are many opportunities for safety risks.. Attachment overloading could weaken the pole’s structural integrity and bring it down. The attachment itself could fall and...

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Ashley Little
. 03.4.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Risks of not properly managing pole/conduit inventory (and the new revenue stream you can create by managing it correctly)

Whether you're managing utility poles, underground utilities, or both, you need to keep careful track of your assets, but how do you track data effectively on that much inventory? It's not like a warehouse, wherein you check inventory once a...

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Ashley Little
. 02.28.2014

Topics: Conduit Inventory & Inspection

Using Resistograph® Testing to Monitor Utility Pole Condition

For most people, utility poles are simply part of the scenery that blends into the landscape of cities and towns. Utility poles provide your community with vital electrical, telephone, cable and broadband services, and most people take these...

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Ashley Little
. 02.26.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Pole Hole Liability

Utility poles need to be removed for various reasons. The pole may be old or damaged and needs replacing. Sometimes the location of the pole is found to be in violation of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and it needs to be relocated...

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Ashley Little
. 02.25.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

The Cost of Incomplete Utility Pole Regulatory Review

Utility poles first began lining our roadways in 1844, but the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), which sets the guidelines for electric power and utility systems — including utility poles — was not written until decades later, and the...

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Ashley Little
. 02.21.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Resistograph® Testing for Utility Pole Inspections

The average life span of a wood utility pole is approximately 35 years,1 but there are many different factors that contribute to pole depreciation (such as soil and climate conditions), as well as pole appreciation  (like preservatives and...

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Ashley Little
. 02.19.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Responding to Hazardous Utility Pole Complaints

Storms are often the cause of damage to utility poles and power lines. When large storm systems, such as hurricanes, come through an area, there is always the potential for utility poles to fail causing widespread power outages to occur, in...

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Ashley Little
. 02.17.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Poles and Technology: How Modern Advances Aid a Centuries-Old Industry

Utility poles were first used in the mid-19th century — over 150 years ago. It should be no surprise that the industry has changed since that time: cables are thicker and are often made of optical fibers instead of copper allowing them to carry...

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Ashley Little
. 02.14.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Poles and Tornadoes: Joint Use Preparation and Recovery

With wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour, widths that reach more than one mile across and paths of destruction that can exceed 50 miles long, tornadoes are arguably the most violent storms that occur in nature.1 Capable of toppling trees,...

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Ashley Little
. 02.12.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

The Pitfalls of Managing Utility Pole Transfers in Joint Use

From time to time, utility poles need to be replaced. When that happens, a pole transfer is scheduled. The issue with this is that most utility poles are joint use assets utilized by a variety of companies. Different companies place attachments...

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Ashley Little
. 02.10.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Managing Joint Use Utility Poles Attachments: Overloading

Utility pole owners are responsible not only for the pole itself, but also for all of the attachments and equipment on placed on it. It is the pole owner’s job to keep track of what and how many attachments are on each utility pole, so that no...

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Ashley Little
. 02.7.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

What to look for with Telecommunications Central Office and Remote Terminal Inventory Software

The key to efficiently managing your telecommunications company assets and inventory is comprehensive, up-to-date data. Knowledge is power: The more information you have readily accessible, the better you are able to keep track of your assets,...

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Ashley Little
. 02.6.2014

Topics: News

The Cost of Utility Pole Engineering Mistakes

How much does it cost to move a utility pole? About $2,208 an inch in Portland, Ore. where one such pole had to be shifted a total of eight inches (for a total of $17,664). Not to mention, of course, the cost of labor in addition to the cost in...

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Ashley Little
. 02.5.2014

Traffic Sign Visibility

Over time, street and traffic road signs accumulate scratches, graffiti, and other damage that affects visibility and reflectiveness, which creates a dangerous condition. If a stop sign cannot be seen at an intersection, accidents can happen.

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Ashley Little
. 02.4.2014

Topics: Municipal Asset Management

Joint Use Engineering Mistakes Caused by Inaccurate Data

In any field, up-to-date, accurate data is essential for making decisions and accomplishing goals. If you begin a project based on false assumptions, the results can be disastrous. Nowhere is this more apparent than in utility pole management....

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Ashley Little
. 02.3.2014

Pole Transfer or Double Pole Backlogs? What You Need to Know Now

Managing joint use utility poles is no easy task – just ask a joint use administrator. There are so many details to track, from pole attachment details to NESC or rot/strength inspection data, contract information, attachment permits to...

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Ashley Little
. 01.30.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Best Practices: Ways to Inventory & Manage Geographically Diverse Physical Assets

Organizations that deal with geographically diverse field assets can have a difficult time tracking and managing each asset on paper or simple electronic spreadsheets. Such field assets can be utility poles, conduit, cell towers or other assets...

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Ashley Little
. 01.29.2014

Topics: Field Asset Management

Asset Management Software for Joint Use, Utility, Telecommunications, & Municipalities: Build vs. Buy

Any kind of joint use management, whether it is in utilities, telecommunications, or municipalities, can be a difficult task. You must keep careful track of the use of assets and inventory by a diverse group of companies, and stay abreast of...

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Ashley Little
. 01.28.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

Safety and Communication Challenges for Joint Use Utility Pole Owners

The joint use of utility poles is a great solution to an important problem. A number of different companies want to place equipment in a certain geographic area to deliver their services to consumers. Power companies, cable companies, cell phone...

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Ashley Little
. 01.27.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Best Practices: Tackling Joint Use Utility Pole Attachment Requests

Companies have been sharing space on utility poles for a long time and while this “joint use” concept has remained the same (utility pole owners rent space to other companies, called attachers, such as a telephone company, to attach equipment...

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Ashley Little
. 01.26.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Potential Pitfalls of Managing Joint Use Utility Pole Transfers

Utility pole transfers occur for a number of reasons. A pole can be damaged in a storm or a vehicular accident can occur which necessitates a new pole to be put in its place. A pole can be discovered to have rot or decay due to age and need to...

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Ashley Little
. 01.25.2014

Topics: Pole Transfers

Winter Weather and Utility Poles: Preparing for and Overcoming Ice and Snow

Snow days can be fun, but winter storms can be some of the must damaging weather events to occur throughout the year. Winter storms affect communities and the people within them in a number of ways - from health risks due to below-freezing...

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Ashley Little
. 01.24.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Avoiding Utility Pole Location Liability

There are more than 1,000 fatal crashes due to utility pole collisions that occur each year throughout the United States . Such crashes are known as fixed-object, accidents that involve a vehicle striking an object that will move very little...

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Ashley Little
. 01.23.2014

Utility Pole Inspections to Measure Rot or Strength

What is the current state of your utility poles? How old are they? How solid? Over time, wood can rot and decay, be eaten away by insects, or develop any number of other problems that spell disaster for wood utility poles. If a pole gives out...

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Ashley Little
. 01.22.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Performing Inventory & Managing Joint Use Assets

Utility poles are generally used by a variety of sources at once, from electrical to cable to telecommunications, and more. Each of these entities has a set of equipment and attachments that are installed on the same utility pole. With these...

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Ashley Little
. 01.21.2014

Improving Pole Owner-Attacher Relationships through Better Communication

Most of the challenges faced by utility pole owners are due to a lack of communication with the companies using their poles (the attachers). A Joint Use Administrator did not receive the work order for a pole transfer, so now there is a  double...

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Ashley Little
. 01.20.2014

The Challenges of Joint Use Utility Poles

Joint use utility poles can be a major point of contention between the various companies that use them. Pole owners and attachers face these challenges daily. There are cost issues, liability issues, and so much more. These challenges often stem...

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Ashley Little
. 01.19.2014

Utility Pole Falls on SUV: Who is Liable?

Imagine you are driving down the road in your car when all of a sudden, without warning, a utility pole snaps and comes crashing down in front of you on the windshield of your car, mere inches from your seat. This is exactly what happened to a...

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Ashley Little
. 01.18.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Closing the Gap in Joint Use Communication

Once upon a time (in the mid-19th century), utility poles held a single line of electrical cable. Today, in a world with multiple power companies, telephone companies, cable companies and broadband providers, many businesses all need utility...

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Ashley Little
. 01.17.2014

3 Ways to Avoid Joint Use Utility Pole Overloading

For economical as well as practical reasons, a single utility pole is used to carry multiple lines in order to deliver electricity, telecommunications services, cable/broadband and other utility services to the community at large. These power...

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Ashley Little
. 01.16.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Reducing Paper Flow in Joint Use Utility Pole Management

Did you know that the average office worker in the United States uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year? Take a look at some other startling facts compiled by The Paperless Project :

• A misfiled document costs $125; a lost document costs...

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Ashley Little
. 01.15.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Solving the Double Pole Problem

Utility poles, much like the trees they are made from, are subject to rot and decay. Even with preservative treatments that are used to protect them against environmental factors, the life a pole ranges from only 25-50 years (depending on its...

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Ashley Little
. 01.14.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management, Pole Transfers

Adapting to Changes in the Joint Use Utility Pole Industry

A wise man once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” That wise man was Charles Darwin, and while he may have been referring to...

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Ashley Little
. 01.13.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Pole or Sign Post?

Fliers with photos of lost pets, garage sale notices, local business advertisements, even political campaign posters — these are all commonly seen tacked on utility poles throughout neighborhoods and city streets. What most of the people posting...

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Ashley Little
. 01.12.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Violations Impact on Joint Use Pole Owners

The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) “sets the ground rules for the practical safeguarding of persons during the installation, operation or maintenance of electric supply and communication lines and associated equipment” across the United...

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Ashley Little
. 01.11.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Unauthorized Attachments Lead to Lost Joint Use Rental Revenue for Utility Pole Owners

All businesses are susceptible to theft  — including utility pole owners. While it is not likely anyone will dig up a 40 foot tall wooden pole and walk away with it, it is quite possible that some company will come along and attach their...

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Ashley Little
. 01.10.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Ensuring Public Safety with Utility Pole Inspections

The standard utility pole in the United States is 40ft long (though it can reach up to 120ft) and can carry voltages of up to 33 kilovolts. Between its physical and electrical capacity, a utility pole has the potential to cause a lot of damage,...

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Ashley Little
. 01.9.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Protecting Utility Poles From Extreme Weather

Record breaking cold temperatures, winter storms and Spring time tornadoes and hurricanes often wreak havoc on utility poles.

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Ashley Little
. 01.8.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Supreme Court Ruling On FCC Joint Use Utility Pole Rules

Partnerships between electric utility companies and telecommunication providers have existed for almost a century as the need for utility pole space, combined with the limited number of utility poles that can exist along any given street, has...

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Ashley Little
. 01.7.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Pole Attachment Legislation update at TVPPA Engineering & Operations conference

Alden Systems recently attended and exhibited at the TVPPA Engineering & Operations Conference in Murfreesboro, TN, August 6th–9th.

Alden Sales Representative Jacob Harrison had this to say:

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Ashley Little
. 08.20.2013

Topics: Regulatory

Utilities Win Pole Regulation Case

The National Rural Electric Association or NRECA, commented yesterday regarding a environmental lawsuit that would have required wood poles to be regulated under the federal water and waste laws. Read the entire article here.

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Ashley Little
. 04.11.2013

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

Resistograph® Testing: Innovative, Objective analysis for utility pole inspections

According to the North American Wood Pole Council, the average life span of a wood utility pole is approximately 35-years. However, evidence suggests that a properly maintained pole can last as long as 75-years with innovative testing and...

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Ashley Little
. 10.23.2012

Topics: Utility Asset Management

Utility Pole Joint Use - How Does It Work?

What is Joint Use?

Like many businesses, utility companies generally own and operate the majority of their equipment and resources independently. The major exception involves the means of transmitting and delivering power and communications...

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Ashley Little
. 10.15.2012

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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10 Critical Reasons to Conduct Utility Pole Inspections