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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

The Players' Perspectives: The Pros and Cons of "One Touch Make Ready"

The FCC legislation that regulates utility poles has been in place for the past 20 years. Recent "One Touch Make Ready" municipal ordinances challenging this standing legislation are an attempt to update the current laws to ease the deployment of...

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Katie Shaddix
. 10.25.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management, Outside Plant Services

The Regulatory Conflicts of Local "One Touch Make Ready" Campaigns

In the ongoing conflict between incumbent utility pole owners and new market entries like Google Fiber, long-standing federal regulations are pitted against proposed new ordinances that municipalities are putting in place to support their local...

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Katie Shaddix
. 10.18.2016

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Ashley Little
. 06.23.2015

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

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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Ashley Little
. 05.12.2015

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

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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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 #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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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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Ashley Little
. 03.17.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility 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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Ashley Little
. 01.27.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset 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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Ashley Little
. 01.20.2015

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset 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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Ashley Little
. 12.16.2014

Topics: Regulatory, Utility Asset Management

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

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

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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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

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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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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Ashley Little
. 08.14.2014

Topics: Regulatory

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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Ashley Little
. 08.7.2014

Topics: Regulatory

Calm, Collected, Accounted for: Integrate Inventory Data & Accounting

Imagine it is inventory time again. You already know why conducting a thorough inventory of all assets is important. So what comes next? Simply collecting data on your assets is not enough; taking action based on that data is what gives an...

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Darrell Hand
. 07.23.2014

Topics: Regulatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Critical Reasons to Conduct Utility Pole Inspections