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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

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

Consumers are Changing the Utility Industry

From utility pole placement requests to calling for faster Internet speeds, consumers are a powerful influence in driving growth within the utility and communications industries. As consumers’ needs expand and change, these industries must...

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Mary Ashley Canevaro
. 03.28.2017

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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

Tall Trees and Sagging Wires: Significant Risks of Unmanaged Vegetation

On a sweltering summer afternoon in August of 2003, 21 North American power plants suddenly crashed offline, leaving 50 million people without power across the northeastern U.S. and the Canadian province of Ontario. The outage stopped trains and...

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Katie Shaddix
. 11.22.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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

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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Ashley Little
. 07.19.2016

Topics: Utility 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

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

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 05.3.2016

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

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

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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Ashley Little
. 03.1.2016

Topics: Utility 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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Posted by
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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

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

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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Posted by
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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 #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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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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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

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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Ashley Little
. 12.2.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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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Ashley Little
. 11.7.2014

Topics: 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

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

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

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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Ashley Little
. 10.8.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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

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

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

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

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 05.22.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Pole Transfers

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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Posted by
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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

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 04.25.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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

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

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 04.9.2014

Topics: telecommunications asset management, Utility 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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Posted by
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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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Posted by
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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

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

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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Posted by
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Ashley Little
. 03.4.2014

Topics: Utility Asset Management

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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Posted by
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes from the Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee Summer Educational Conference

Alden Systems attended the Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee Summer Educational Conference at the Marco Island Hilton, August 6th - 8th. 

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Scott Anderson
. 08.15.2013

Topics: Utility Asset Management, Joint Use Asset Management

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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