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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Fiber Optic Cable Installation in D. 1

December 13, 2017 9:02 AM


I received the following inquiry from a D1 resident.  The information may be helpful to your neighborhoods if contractors are laying fiber optic cable in your neighborhood.  Please share widely. 

Resident Question: 
USIC has been laying fiber optic cable for AT&T. I know utilities have a right to dig up my lawn under "easement right of way".

But doesn't AT&T or USIC have an obligation to notify homeowners in advance of any work done on their property. I talked to a few people in our cul-du-sac and none of them received notice.

City Engineering Response:
Contractors that are working on private property, within a Public Utility Easement, or on an easement granted to the utility do not need a Permit from the City and the City does not regulate the contractors that they use. A utility would need a Permit to Excavate in Public Right-Of-Way (ROW) if any portion of the work was in the street ROW and they must use a contractor that has been prequalified by City Engineering. A Permit to Excavate requires the applicant to provide a minimum of 3 days advance notice for any work in the ROW.

AT&T's policy is to provide 3 days advance notice to the adjacent property owners for work in or out of the ROW. They provide the contractor with door hangers that identify AT&T, outline the work and provide contact information for an AT&T representative. The Area Manager of Construction Field Operations for AT&T oversees the work done by the contractors working for AT&T in the ROW and outside of the ROW.


Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
District 1
Cell: 1-608-205-8682
Madison Common Council Office: 608-266-4071
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