Joint Use Pole Attachment Bid
Joint use pole attachment managers know that attachees are constantly attempting to adjust their rental rates. Many times attachees push to move their rental rate from a cost-based rate to a rate that short cuts the utility and rate payers in the long run.
Co-ops at least have a new weapon to combat sneaky bills that attempt to subvert these rates. Action.coop notifies a task force of co-op members when action is needed. The website sends out a notification to members whenever members need to contact regulatory representatives about new bills.
Joint Use Pole Attachment Rate Example
March, 2015 was the perfect time to test the new system. Telecommunication lobbyists convinced certain representatives to sponsor a bill that would switch the telecom rate from a state approved, cost-based rate to a FCC formula. Action.coop notified members and they responded within hours. Members contacted their local representatives to voice their opinion about switching the telecom rate.
In relation to the number of contacts, Rep. Robin Lundstrum stated, “I got more calls on pole attachments than on religious freedom”. Around 4,000 messages in total were delivered to lawmakers.
The overwhelming response resulted in the bill being overturned. It seems co-op members do not want to be responsible for $6 million in rate hikes.
Before Action.coop, co-ops had little hope of overcoming this type of scenario. Now, rate payers can help prevent telecom and cable from unnecessarily changing their attachment rate.