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Have you ever stopped and wondered about all the abandoned cables that are left on telephone poles by the phone companies?

Did you know that a significant percentage of the 60 billion feet communications cable installed in the US has been abandoned on properties?

Here is a little background on existing rules and polices...
1993: The rule prohibited removing wiring on termination of service unless the cable company had offered to sell the wiring to the subscriber at a quoted purchase price.

1997: When the subscriber contacts the cable operator to terminate cable service voluntarily, the cable operator must inform the subscriber of choices and provide the following options:

  1. That the cable operator owns the cable home wiring

  2. That the cable operator intends to remove it

  3. That the subscriber has the right to purchase it

  4. That the per-foot replacement cost for the wiring would be (xx).

  5. If the consumer declines to purchase the wiring, the cable operator must remove the wiring at no charge to the subscriber within seven days of the subscriber’s decision.

2002: A new provision to this code required the removal of abandoned cable. Abandoned cable is defined as cables not identified ‘For Future Use’ with a tag”.

Depending on the state’s abandoned property laws, when a former cable subscriber moves out of his or her unit without removing the home wiring, that wiring is abandoned and becomes the property of the home owner.

Are there any new polices and/or rules about the removal of cables left on telephone poles?Our team is on a mission to find out...stay tuned.