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ARGUMENTS OVER CABLE-OPERATOR access to utility poles can make the eyes glaze over, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars involved.
Sometimes, though, the driest petitions have moments to chuckle at, if you paw through them thoroughly enough.
The background: State cable associations, cable operators and others want the government to say the current requirement that utility companies make their poles accessible to cable also includes replacing poles if necessary to accommodate demand.
Cable operators say that could help the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to boost broadband deployment.
Utility companies disagree, saying cable is …