|reply to marcusa007 |
Re: At&t ran cable through my yard without having an easement
From what I have read here it appears that AT&T does have the right to run the cable inside your yard as long as they stay with in the easement.
The cable should have continued down the easement until it reached the property line of the house they wanted to terminate it at and then crossed that yard and into the house.
Unless you are at odds with the neighbor who is being supported by this cable you might want to ask them what they were told about the cable. It might indeed be a temporary fix until a new cable is properly buried. In our area similar situations have occurred during the winter months which later on were forgotten about by the company responsible for later burying the cable. Usually a letter to the editor of the local newspaper embarrasses them enough to get the problem fixed if they try to play phone tag.
In my area the utility companies have the right to remove any fences installed on easements they use during repair or maintenance actions, like replacing buried cables or to cut down trees that are on the easement which are interfering with overhead cables. It is up to the home owner(s) to later pay someone else to repair or replace the fence.
Either way it appears that the technician was at fault by not following the easement all the way to the problem house but then again many times they are not told of it's exact size or location, just to get the problem fixed.
If you can not get proper answers from them by phone you might consider consulting a local attorney and have them write the registered letter advising AT&T of the problem, and requesting when the "temporary" cable will be removed and a permanent solution installed while still remaining with in their easement and not where the temporary cable is currently located.