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02/20/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

Phone Companies to Address Pole Inspections

TALLAHASSEE — Preventing extended telecommunications outages in the wake of hurricanes will be the focus of informal discussions between Florida’s largest telephone companies and Public Service Commission (PSC) staff on Tuesday.

The Commission voted February 7 to require investor-owned electric companies and local telephone companies to inspect their wooden poles every eight years. The plan is designed to reduce future storm damage and minimize lengthy service outages by identifying deteriorated and overloaded poles. Under the approved plan, test results must be reported to the Commission annually.

Upon request, the Commission granted the local telephone companies additional time to meet and discuss implementing the inspection program. The telephone companies and other interested parties may provide alternatives to the Commission’s pole inspection plan to further improve reliability.  The meeting will be held at the following time and location:


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

9:30 a.m.

Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 140

4075 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, Florida