PG&E faces pole attachment shot clock, as CPUC arbitrator hands Crown Castle a win

An administrative law judge “gave Crown Castle a victory of sorts in a dispute over terms for attaching fiber optic cable to utility poles that Pacific Gas and Electric owns.” If the California Public Utilities Commission signs off on the finding, it will establish a 45-day “shot clock” for responsing to attachment requests and allows Crown Castle to do some work on poles without notifying PG&E.

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