Our streets, sidewalks and plazas are under increasing assault from private interests. AT&T is ignoring city-wide protests forcing neighborhoods to deal with outdated technology that blocks and blights our sidewalks. Public space should be prioritized for people – not corporate interests!
We need your help!
AT&T has plans to install 726 private utility boxes on our sidewalks, and neighborhoods. More than 1500 neighborhood protests have been lodged but not one permit has been denied.
The first 100 boxes have been installed and finally, the City Hall is ready to listen!
On January 13, 2014 Supervisors Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, Mark Farrell and John Avalos called for a public hearing about AT&T U-verse telecommunications upgrade, focusing on the permitting and site installation of the sidewalk cabinets, and discussing the current community outreach and permitting process and potential improvements.
- “Graffiti is the no. 1 complaint we receive at all hearings…….Another consistent concern is trash and blight……”
- “AT&T is being challenged and the constituents would very much say that AT&T is not abating graffiti within the time that it’s expected. I have heard multiple objections where it takes months and sometimes not at all. And many times I hear how DPW has to go out and an abate it.”
- “These boxes serve anyone from 4-500 people. I don’t think I have seen any level of opposition that would show the majority of the people served are opposing this site. That would be one of the first thresholds and we have not reached that threshold yet.”
“This hearing which is long over due is really important and will allow us to understand some of what’s been working and what’s not been working with the process. As it relates to the process for permitting, really we want your support Board of Supervisors. We want you to help protect us and give us the tools we need in order to protect our public spaces. We want a public process that functions well, and allows us to protest or place these in partnership with AT&T that’s actually functional. As you can tell from the long line of people that the partnership is not really working.I know this is just the beginning for a process moving forward and San Francisco Beautiful and our members are looking forward to working with you in something that will work well.“