Preventing extended telecommunications outages in the wake of hurricanes
will be the focus of informal discussions between Florida’s largest telephone
companies and Public Service Commission (PSC) staff on Tuesday.
The Commission voted February 7 to
require investor-owned electric companies and local telephone companies to
inspect their wooden poles every eight years. The
plan is designed to reduce future storm damage and minimize lengthy service
outages by identifying deteriorated and overloaded poles. Under the approved plan, test results must be reported to
the Commission annually.
Upon request, the Commission granted the
local telephone companies additional time to meet and discuss implementing the
inspection program. The telephone companies and other interested parties may provide alternatives to the Commission’s pole
inspection plan to further improve reliability. The meeting will be held at the following time and location:
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Betty Easley Conference Center, Room 140
4075 Esplanade Way