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  • It is currently fire season in the American West. Since the start of 2017, more than 37,000 wildfires have burned 5.2 million acres nationwide. The fire season in some areas has become nearly year-round, a significant change from fifty years ago when fire season was typically only in summer and fall. Compared to the 1970’s, fire season is now 105 days longer, the annual number of large...

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  • To close our underground series, we look at the crucial principles of an underground inventory. Underground inspections are necessary for asset owners, who must know the current conditions of their facilities. Although underground systems can seem unfamiliar and foreign, the reality of their condition is easily identifiable to trained and prepared auditors.

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  • Alden’s Underground Conduit Infrastructure series has investigated the reality of underground facilities: what they are and what happens when no one is looking. Damage, violations, and trespass cause harm to these essential structures. This blog series began with exploring the root of underground problems, and now it’s time to see how those roots manifest in to branches--...

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  • A few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey gushed into the streets of Houston and surrounding areas. It flooded businesses, homes, and schools. But it didn’t stop there. Water leaked from the streets  into the manholes and handholes of underground Houston. The FCC reported that 17 emergency call centers and 320 cellular sites went down, and over 148,000 people lost internet, TV, and telephone s...

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  • Foreign to our everyday lives above ground, the underground world can be quite mysterious. What lies beneath is unknown and unfamiliar. Twenty-first century urban explorers have begun to uncover findings of underground communities, secret maps, and a forgotten history in the systems that exist underneath our feet.

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  • The future of communications is rapidly progressing. With high-speed broadband becoming a basic requirement in daily life, extensive changes are being made to regulations and federal deployment plans. Initiatives such as the Connect America Fund and the Linelife Program are gaining momentum to help rural areas and lower-income Americans receive high-speed broadband or telephone service...

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  • Why is it common for a provider to require several months (or more) to respond to a permit to attach request? Often, poor data is to blame. Owners may not be able to readily access the last time a safety inspection was performed, what condition the asset is in, or what attachers may be on it. It can take a lot of time to send someone into the field to answer these questions.

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  • Our communities are built on the success of our infrastructure. When something fails, we are all impacted – whether that infrastructure is a road, a bridge, power plant, or utility pole. Many people pass through their days unaware of the complex utility infrastructure surrounding them. The poles are part of the landscape, blending into the background; conduit sits underground, out of s...

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  • Despite initiatives like the FCC's Connect America Fund, which aims to offset the costs of installing broadband infrastructure to rural and underserved areas, broadband deployment across the U.S. remains unsatisfactorily slow.

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  • Facing struggles with sluggish broadband deployment? A shared, centralized asset database can help asset owners and attachers speed up the process.  Telecommunications, broadband, and other service providers that want to attach to utility poles are struggling with an archaic method for route mapping. Many lack access to comprehensive, accurate data about existing utility assets in a s...

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  • Before asset owners can reap the benefits of a shared, centralized asset database, they must be confident that their data will be completely secure. The U.S. power grid is one of the top concerns for national security. Americans saw the very real threat of attack from cyber terrorists last year when a Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility and when hackers took down a power grid i...

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  • This time of year is all about celebrating America’s roots of independence and liberty. The United States was founded on self-reliance and human ingenuity. Each July 4th, we pay homage to those who helped establish our great country.

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  • Modern and Innovative: Shared Asset Management in One Centralized System In an ideal world, every company involved in the joint sharing of field assets would be able to have a secure, expansive system that integrates all relevant data into one place. What if that same system provided the functions and tasks needed by every department and every job related to that field asset?  Sounds...

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  • Better data management, consistency, and communication: three concepts to unite safety and access, multiplying productivity for all parties. An intricate weaving of wires to the untrained eye, power lines, telephone lines, CATV lines, fiber, and other cables line our residential streets. While most people see them daily, many do not realize the complex process, dangers, and time neede...

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  • Lack of Shared Data & Poor Communication impedes Broadband Deployment While broadband is consistently being deployed across the nation, many would-be attachers are frustrated that implementation has not happened faster. Service providers are not alone, as the frustration extends to potential customers of broadband, cities and municipalities, and the Federal Communications Commission (F...

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  • Data security threats have become a primary focus for utility asset owners, as the risks from cyber threats grow in frequency and sophistication. A recent report published on the U.S. Department of Energy website states that: “There have been no reported targeted cyber attacks carried out against utilities in the U.S. that have resulted in permanent or long-term damage to power system...

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  • It’s been all over the news this past year: Google Fiber made plans to deploy broadband into several markets at a breakneck pace. Speed to market is critical and the behemoth company hit roadblocks. While we do not speak for Google, delays on new attachment deployment created a significant hold-up and likely contributed to the company rethinking its broadband strategy entirely.

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  • Sorting through paper records, emails, or asset records spread across several different spreadsheets or databases is no longer feasible for a best practice. Trying to keep track of maintenance needs, work requests (such as pole transfers), joint use billings, make-ready requirements, and attachment requests is taking up too much time and too many resources. Many asset owners, as well a...

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  •   People are using more and more data with their various devices. For state and local governments, getting broadband access for their citizens is an important card in the game. However, broadband deployment is being delayed in many areas, in part due to communication and data management challenges between asset owners and the companies that want to attach equipment to those assets.

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  • Today’s utility asset data is a vast world of information. Much of it is valuable; some of it is not. Asset owners hold data about many different asset types (utility poles, underground conduit in manholes or vaults, towers, cables, etc.), in many different formats, across far too many spreadsheets, databases, paper records and emails. This data includes basic attributes such as asse...

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  •   In January of 2016, there were more than 36,000 double poles in the state of Maryland alone. That was according to a report on utility pole attachments published by the Public Service Commission of Maryland. The report resulted from a workgroup that studied utility pole attachments in the State, which were not previously regulated at the State level. The report claims that the Commi...

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  • One of the most prevalent issues facing utility pole owners is aging pole transfers, but they don’t have to be a constant struggle. Timely pole transfers rely on clear communications and good relationships between the pole owner and the attachers. A failure in the chain of communication results in lagging transfers, backlogs and increased liability. There are abundant opportunities f...

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  • Imagine you are sitting in your home one morning,  enjoying the first cup of coffee and suddely the power goes out. In the dark, you begin to investigate, finding that the utility pole in your yard has fallen over into the street (due to underground rot), and has taken with it the electric wires that were connected to your house. What do you do? You call the power company, of course. T...

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