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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Should FPL and cable companies be sued?

Coral Gables and the City or Pinecrest are threatening to sue FPL for their incompetence and neglagence. And I think ATT U-verse and possibly Comcast should be sued, too. And just in the last day or two, citizens have put together a class action lawsuit against FPL.

How in this day and age, are the lines not buried and protected? If FPL wants a monopoly, they should be expected to perform. I am not understanding how it is cheaper to pay all these crews coming in from all over the county overtime and triple overtime, than to just bury the lines.

Why is it that when a hurricane or storm comes through, we revert to the stone age?

ATT U-verse has their service boxes at ground level, just feet from the bay.  Less than smart? 

The state should do something about this. This is about the whole state being vulnerable.

There are those of you I see online who are siding with FPL and calling the complainers "whiners." I find that offensive and rude on your part. We all appreciate the workers themselves, all those crews who came in from other states are heroes in my eyes. Everyone smiles at the sight of them. Many have missed personal family events to be here and they go on with little sleep, sleeping on cots when they can. 

I love how people cheer them on and pose for picture with them as if they are celebrities, which they are. Can a lineman calendar be far off?

But the billion dollar FPL corporation, that pays millions of dollars to lobbyists each year to keep solar power out of the state is a travesty and this must be stopped.

FPL must be accountable for deaths like those old people in the facility in Broward County. They must protect their lines.Every business goes out of their way to protect their assets, with FPL it seems to be the opposite, they let them be destroyed.

The FPL delays are what is causing that cable and internet delays because FPL is keeping the other utilities out until they can clean up their own mess. There is a chain reaction. But again, if ATT U-verse and Comcast protected their lines, they would not have to wait for FPL's mess to be cleaned up.

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Blogger Unknown said...

I do not believe FPL should be sued. Many are "spoiled" who take for granted the 24/7/365 relatively cheap power, water and gas we have in this country. When disaster strikes, why do some look for scapegoats? It's shameful.

September 19, 2017 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is true that undergrounding can mitigate damage from wind events such as flying debris, falling trees and limbs. But alternatives, such as proper vegetation management practices, replacing wood poles with steel, concrete or composite ones, or reinforcing utility poles with guy wires, may be nearly as effective in mitigating storm damage and may cost less. BUT, undergrounding power lines may make them more susceptible to damage from corrosive storm surge and flooding from rainfall . Areas with greater vulnerability to storm surge and flooding will confront systems that are less reliable (and at greater cost) as a result of undergrounding. And underground lines take a lot more time and effort to fix. And with solar....the batteries need to store the power collected truly have not been invented yet to work efficiently. It is sad that people are mad at power cos. for requiring the solar to be turned off if the grid goes down because if the solar powers back into the grid it could kill someone unless your solar house can be completely off the grid entirely. That is quite a process without proper battery storage for the current.

September 19, 2017 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Arturo said...

I think we should sue Comcast for the sheer exquisite pleasure of it. Payback for the world's worst service.

September 19, 2017 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Thanks Arturo. I agree

September 19, 2017 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FPL and ATT doing a great job!

September 19, 2017 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@12:18 In Coconut Grove we were hit with category 1 force winds at most. If our infrastructure is so weak why should we not ask for better solutions and smarter investments in infrastructure?

September 19, 2017 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue FPL - no. That will just put more $$ in the pockets of the attorneys involved in both sides and probably won't result in much benefit to the public. I would rather see our elected representatives - at all levels (city, county, state) demand better pre-storm preparation. Why haven't the lines been cleared to intrusion by vegetation? There should be a systematic recurring program to keep vegetation away from transmission lines. Why do we still have traffic signals on wires? Why aren't more of the wooden poles being replaced? These are the things that would likely result in better post-storm outcomes. As for underground lines, there seems to be a significant downside but spending a lesser amount of $$ on some of these other issues could serve us very well.

September 19, 2017 6:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

5G will eliminate the need for cable as all communications and data will be delivered through the air."Waiting for the cable guy " and listening to endless loops of Comcast muzak will become unpleasant memories of the past. 2020 0r sooner.

September 22, 2017 11:31 PM  

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