Thursday, May 22, 2008

OVER 100 GODZILLA BOXES SLATED FOR MISSION VIEJO "MISSION VIEJO – The City Council on Monday updated an ordinance outlining procedures that utilities and communications companies must follow when they apply for permits and install equipment in the public right-of-way.

Changes to the ordinance are essentially an enhanced meet-and-confer process and more detailed development standards, said City Attorney Bill Curley.

An agenda document states the urgency ordinance was needed because it will eliminate potential delays in the processing of permit applications from companies that would provide vital services to the public.
The update to an existing city law was developed with representatives from the city and AT&T, who gave a short presentation during the Council meeting.

Mark Leslie, AT&T vice president of external affairs in San Diego, told the council about the company's plan to apply for permits to build street-level cabinets in Mission Viejo — part of an effort to improve Internet service.

AT&T plans to push fiber-optic cables within 3,000 to 5,000 feet of many existing neighborhoods and new developments, said Leslie. The company is investing up to $1 billion in California for a service that would enhance video and voice over the Internet service, as well as high speed Internet access. The upgraded network would connect to existing copper lines into homes.

Leslie estimated that the upgrade requires placing about 107 new street-level cabinets in the public right-of-way.

Right-of-ways include public streets, medians, parkways, or other areas used for travel by vehicles, pedestrians or horses."


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