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Pole Attachment/Joint Use Contract Best Practices

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

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A pole attachment contract is something every pole owner and attacher must have to allow for the provision of electric, phone, cable, or internet services to their customers. This type of agreement must promote collaboration, mutual benefits, and service to mutual customers without sacrificing the safety and reliability of services provided. In many cases, pole attachment agreements are outdated, creating liability for all parties and causing lost revenue for pole owners and ineffective services for attachers.

In this webinar, we will review best practices for pole attachment contracts and joint use agreements, including:

  • What is a Pole Attachment Agreement, who uses it, and what are the different types?
  • Reviewing and Negotiating Agreements
  • Managing Agreements in Place

About the Presenter:

Sean Knowles is the CEO of McLean Engineering. During his almost 15 years at the firm, McLean has grown its inspection and pole attachment practice to include IOU, electric cooperative, and municipal utility clients across the US, with a primary focus on supporting electric cooperatives. In this capacity, Knowles has been involved in the administration and negotiation of dozens of joint use and pole attachment agreements, pole attachment tariffs, and legislative proposals related to pole attachments, advising statewide organizations and utilities on a constructive, collaborative approach. He has spoken and taught across the country on pole attachment issues.

Previously, Sean worked in the United States Senate, including services on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he negotiated eight public laws allocating over $50 billion in military construction spending. He earned an MBA from Duke University and a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University.