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burgermeister
All Computers Are Junk

join:2000-10-23
Utica, MI
reply to Bobcat79

Re: Utility easement

So, I could start a 'utility' and install anything in people's yard?? I'm no expert, but I don't think they can put anything on the easement they want. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem reasonable to give a utility this right.

I'd also argue that broadband and television service isn't a utility at all. For phone, electricity, water, and gas I can understand. Actually, pulling a wire isn't a huge deal to me, but the boxes are.

But that's a whole different discussion.
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hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
well yes. by some people on here you can put anything in the right of way you want as long as you tell the state/county or who ever is running the right-of-way in your area. Ohio its the state. I wonder if i paid Ohio their application fee if they'd let me go around Toledo and start dropping boxes like ATT into neighborhoods?

Austinloop

join:2001-08-19
Austin, TX
kudos:1
FYI, there are a lot fewer restrictions as to what can be put on utility easement as opposed to public right of way, i.e. along the street or highway. In fact buildings can be placed on utility easements if there is enough space on the easement, it just depends on how the easement is written and agreed to by the utility and the property owner.

Size of the box has to be compliant with the highway or street jurisdiction. And, for what it is worth, the VRAD placed in my subdivision is much smaller than the original ones placed at the start of U-Verse.

Bobcat79
Premium
join:2001-02-04
reply to burgermeister
said by burgermeister:

So, I could start a 'utility' and install anything in people's yard?? I'm no expert, but I don't think they can put anything on the easement they want.
The telephone company can put telephone equipment there. The cable company can put cable equipment there. It doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing.

The utility wouldn't be able to put something there that wasn't part of their business to provide utility service. e.g., they couldn't put an oil well there.


Tzale
Proud Libertarian Conservative
Premium
join:2004-01-06
NYC Metro
said by Bobcat79:

said by burgermeister:

So, I could start a 'utility' and install anything in people's yard?? I'm no expert, but I don't think they can put anything on the easement they want.
The telephone company can put telephone equipment there. The cable company can put cable equipment there. It doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing.

The utility wouldn't be able to put something there that wasn't part of their business to provide utility service. e.g., they couldn't put an oil well there.
And the local town can argue that the boxes are ugly and request / demand that the company change their installation methods.

No broadband is worth a $10-30k loss in property values...

-Tzale
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rahvin112

join:2002-05-24
Sandy, UT
reply to burgermeister
You are wrong. If there is a utility easement that is specified as generic then any utility can use it. More than likely it's specified as an easement for ATT. They can put anything in the easement they want as they essentially own the ground.

Now according to the article they built 2' outside the easement, that's a different story all together.

Bobcat79
Premium
join:2001-02-04
reply to Tzale
said by Tzale:

No broadband is worth a $10-30k loss in property values...
The owner should have thought of that before buying the property.


insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN
Incorrect. Every house in a subdivision with front easements has a front easement. No way to avoid it without black listing entire neighborhoods. And they are only going to target a hand full of houses, so the risks are low. In the end they shouldn't be playing Russian roulette with people's houses. And just put this crap in the back.


Tzale
Proud Libertarian Conservative
Premium
join:2004-01-06
NYC Metro
reply to Bobcat79
said by Bobcat79:

said by Tzale:

No broadband is worth a $10-30k loss in property values...
The owner should have thought of that before buying the property.
Good luck finding a home without any easements... At least here in NJ, as you probably know, it is nearly impossible..

-Tzale
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Neoconservatives (G.W.B) are not true conservatives. A conservative believes in defending the Constitution. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. - RON PAUL 2008 »www.usconstitution.net/const.html