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Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Utah: Cable TV company safety violations lead to widespread outage?

"Residents left without TV -- Damaged cable lines sets cable company behind"

"Anita Lamont, director of communications for Charter Cable's corporate offices, said cable service for about 4,500 homes had been out since 11:45 a.m. Tuesday when a semi-truck was entangled by cable and power lines at 2300 Middleton Drive. Repairs took longer than initially expected because Tuesday's accident caused cable to be pulled out of the ground."

"Tuesday's accident has also left the city and cable company questioning the height of the wires that were entangled. Lamont said she did not know if the wires were strung before Charter Cable bought the system from Falcon Cable in 1999. As far as she knew, all cables are hung according to National Electric Safety Code regulation height. And she said the city should make sure the cables are in regulation after being hung."

"However, Dennis Jorgeson, power operations manager for the St. George Energy Services department, said the city allows Charter Cable to hang its wires on city poles, but the company must let the city know where the lines have been erected. Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager, said a few months ago the city's energy services department gave Charter Cable a list of several other places where cables were not meeting code."

It's a good thing no one was hurt. We see dozens of cable TV safety violations (of the National Electrical Safety Code) every mile when we're designing fiber cable installations for electric utilities.



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