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Workshop on Pole Databases & Applications in California

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We are holding a public workshop to examine the status of databases and database applications in California regarding pole and conduit information, including pole location, attachments, material, ownership, and management, and the implications of such data management for safety and access. 

: March 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; listen-only call-in number 888-469-0506, passcode 92105; webcast www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc 

In recent years, California has experienced power outages and wildfires associated with utility poles. The CPUC has taken significant steps toward improving utility pole safety, including: 1) Authorizing staff to issue Citations to communications companies for violations of General Order 95, dealing with overhead line construction, and other applicable rules and regulations, thus providing a more streamlined resolution process than is possible in a full investigation; 2) Extending utility pole right-of-way rules to commercial mobile radio service providers; 3) Amending General Order 95; and 4) Holding a day-long Utility Pole En Banc during which utility executives and stakeholders addressed safety issues specific to utility poles.

In reflection of utility poles' essential role in safety, reliability, and competition, the CPUC will undertake a series of initiatives related to Utility Pole Management, including but not limited to: a Rulemaking examining coordination between pole owners and attachers; a census of existing poles and attachments; the creation of a shared repository of information on utility poles and attachments; and the creation of a mobile app allowing users to document and report utility pole issues from their smartphones.

The results of the March 17 workshop will be used by CPUC staff to draft proposed proceedings for the CPUC's consideration.


9:30-10 a.m.:  - Welcome and Background by Elizaveta Malashenko, Director, Safety and Enforcement Division, CPUC

                        - Opening Remarks by Michael Picker, President, CPUC

10 a.m.-Noon:   Morning Panels: How do electric utilities, communication providers, municipalities, and joint pole administrators collect and manage pole and conduit information

        -10-11 a.m.: Presentation 1:  Northern California Perspective;  Moderator:  Elizaveta Malashenko                                                         

        -11 a.m.-Noon: Presentation 2:  Southern California Perspective; Moderator:  Elizaveta Malashenko

Noon-1:15 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Presentation 3: Lessons learned in shared databases and management; Moderator:  Elizaveta Malashenko   

2: 30-3:45 p.m.:   Panel Discussion: Potential Use Cases of Data Sharing;  Moderator:  Elizaveta Malashenko   

3:45-4 p.m.: Concluding Remarks by President Picker and Elizaveta Malashenko      



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