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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Family collects $20 million after electrocution during pole replacement
We've noted previously that pole replacements are complicated and expensive, in part due to their hazardous nature. An Alabama jury has just awarded $20 million to the family of a worker electrocuted during a pole replacement project.
Pole replacements are necessary when adding new communications cables to an already crowded pole. Pole replacement rates on municipal broadband rates can exceed 20% of all poles if the cable is attached in the communications region of the pole. Pole replacements usually cost at least $3,000 per pole.
Attaching all dielectric self supporting (ADSS) fiber cables in the power region of poles reduces pole replacement rates to under 1%.
A typical aerial fiber cable deployment by a municipal power utility involves about 35 poles per mile. If cable TV construction methods are used instead of installing ADSS in the power region, pole replacement costs typically run over $20,000 per mile. For a typical municipal FTTH (fiber to the home) project, that works out to about $400 in additional cost per home passed. posted by Al Bonnyman
Tuesday, November 25, 2003#