This guide is for neighborhoods that wish to learn more about working with the City and AT&T regarding the Uverse/Lightspeed project, finding suitable locations, or protesting a proposed location.
From the Department of Public Works: A Surface Mounted Facility (SMF) is any Utility facility (physical element or structure) that is installed in the Public Right-of-Way. Surface Mounted Facilities include facilities and equipment for transportation purposes such as traffic signal controllers, communications hubs, back-up power supplies, switch controllers, electric service panels, and ticket vending machines, Surface Mounted Facilities, however, do not include transit shelters, ramps, and platforms, or traffic signal poles.
And yet — AT&T has pulled off a massive deception: The PSTN is the U-verse delivery vehicle for cable, broadband, internet and phone and yet AT&T has never disclosed this fact and, in fact, has hid the truth.”
Kushnick, Bruce, Executive Director, New Networks Institute, “AT&T U-verse Is a Copper-Based PSTN Service: Lawmakers and the Media Were Duped.” Huffington Post, January 13, 2013
Objection to the installation of the SMF at any of the proposed locations must be submitted in writing via e-mail to email@example.com, by mail to the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping, 1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, California 94103-1522 or by fax to (415) 554-6161. You have 20 days from the date of a notice to send written notice of your objection to DPW. DPW will not consider any objection unless it is made within this 20-day period.
Sample text: I object to the proposed installation of a utility box at [insert address from notice].
Please send a copy of your objection to your Supervisor and any local community groups so that they are aware of your efforts and can help. Supervisors contact information.
You may also receive an email or letter from AT&T (or their consultants) requesting a community meeting or “box walk” – attendance is not mandatory. At the meeting with AT&T (or their consultants) you can request alternate locations or mitigation like greening or other public realm improvements.
At the hearing, a DPW hearing officer will listen to your objections, you have 2 or 3 minutes per speaker. The DPW Hearing officer cannot deny the permit request. They can only make recommendations. The permit application will likely be approved, it may be approved with conditions.
Focus your arguments on issues that the hearing officer can rule on. SMF cannot impede traffic impede travel on public streets, inconvenience property owners, create visual blight, or otherwise inconvenience the use of the public rights-of-way by the public.
Print your own How-to Protest Flyer.