Rules and Best Practices for Attaching Communication Fiber Cable to Poles with Common Ownership of Both Power and Communication

By leveraging their existing infrastructure, software, and human assets, rural utilities can begin to consider operating a telecommunication utility. With careful guidance, rural utilities can provide High Speed Communications (HSC) to their customers at a lower cost and in a more efficient manner than traditional telecommunication companies. Because of special provisions in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), there are “make ready” financial benefits to an electrical utility sponsoring a fiber communication network on its assets.

This session will provide a broad coverage of the various attachment options and proposed best practices for using overhead assets to better leverage a communication build out for both the utility’s own use and for considering reselling it to its customers.


  • Logan Pleasant  – Director of Operations – Lake Region Electric Cooperative