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Old 03-12-2010, 09:11 AM   #16
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Usually NO charge to I.D. the utilities here. David
Usually? Should be 100% never to ensure that people make the call. Unfortunately, I'm all too familiar with local bureaucrats trying to skim a few bucks off of everything when they should be thinking about what's best for the community.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:21 AM   #17
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I had my acreage surveyed so that I could put a fence up along one side. My neighbor (a jerk) clear on the other side of my property thought I was trying to dispute the property line to try to claim more driveway space (we both have driveways off the highway there, side by side for the first 50' or so). As soon as the property line was marked, he saw fit to putting in concrete posts along the line. Well the closest one he put to the driveway punctured a fiber-optic cable running along the highway. The Telecom guy stopped by my place to let me know what happened. He said it was an automatic $1000 fine. I had a good long laugh. Serves the jerk right!
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:05 PM   #18
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We lived in a small town in Iowa that had a single N-carrier copper telephone cable serving the whole county. The state of Iowa was putting in fiber to every county seat in the state. Their contractor was using a large bulldozer with a blade on the back to bury the fiber.

The local AT&T repair guy was working ahead of the bulldozer, marking the buried copper cable. The bulldozer crew decided to make up some lost time by working late into the evening, and they got ahead of the marking.

As you might expect, the dozer got the copper cable, and pulled several hundred feet of it out of the ground. The dozer operator told the AT&T guy that he looked back over his shoulder and watched one of the green AT&T junction boxes disappear into the ground.

The whole county was without phone (and data) for over a week. At the time, the closest cell tower was in Chariton, and you'd see people parked on the big hill north of town trying to make calls.
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