Sunday, November 16, 2014

An Open Letter from FPL About Light Poles Which Was Requested to be Shared

 Dear Chuck,

As you are aware, Florida Power & Light Company is committed to providing electricity its customers can count on. That’s why we are investing about a half a billion dollars between 2013 and 2015 to make the electric system stronger and more resilient.

A large part of this improvement work involves replacing aging poles with new, stronger ones. As we do this work, it often results in “double poles” because many poles hold lines owned by other utilities – such as telephone and cable TV – that must be transferred to the new poles. We cannot remove an old FPL pole until other utilities have relocated their lines to the new pole.

Despite several years of our repeated requests, AT&T and Comcast have not promptly relocated their lines to new poles in Lauderhill and several other communities we serve.

By law, we cannot move the equipment owned by these utilities without their permission. As a result, we are unable remove the old poles, which is frustrating the community, our customers and us as a company. We are pressing these utilities for their cooperation as it relates to this issue and want to let our customers know what they can do to help encourage the removal of the lines and poles.

FPL will be placing signs on some of the double poles in Lauderhill to help customers understand the pole removal process. We encourage customers to call AT&T and Comcast to expedite that process. Attached are copies of the signs for your reference.

We appreciate your understanding and support. Thank you.

Signs – 8.5” x 14”

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Best regards,

Isabel C. Hebert

FPL External Affairs Manager

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