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4 Messages

Monday, November 28th, 2022 10:39 PM

Cut AT&T Internet Wire in my yard

My neighbor's internet wire was run by AT&T thru our yard which is fine but we didn't know it. We planted trees and accidently cut her wire and now we are receiving a bill for the internet wire being cut and the price for rewiring her internet to her house. Can they do this when it was in our yard?  Now it runs straight up(like it should have been to begin with) to her house from the pole. Before they went on our side of the yard. 

ACE - Expert

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24.2K Messages

2 months ago

You might want to check with your local property taxing authority to confirm where the UTILITY EASEMENT lies. 

If AT&T placed their lines WITHIN the utility easement, that would mean that you were planting within that easement (risky at best) and you would be liable for damages.

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4 Messages

2 months ago

We live out in the country and we built the driveway over 30 years ago. There is no utility easement in the county. It's a private drive. 

spoom2

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17.5K Messages

2 months ago

You should always call the call before you dig number prior to doing any digging. Just because you live in the country doesn't mean there's no easements. I live in the country and have an easement along the county road as well as along the private road that leads to a couple other homes. 

ATTHelp

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207.9K Messages

2 months ago

Let us address your inquiry about the cut wire in your yard, jbatia929.

 

Thank you, skeeterintexas and spoom2, for the helpful information.

 

As previously mentioned, it's possible that there is an easement on your property. We suggest reaching out to your county's land records office or city hall and asking a clerk to show you a map of the easement locations. A survey of the property will also show the location of utility easements.

 

If you need further assistance, let us know.

 

Aminah, AT&T Community Specialist

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4 Messages

2 months ago

Even so, why would be liable when there were no markings of any wires run and we didn't know they were there? No one told us. 

ATTHelp

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207.9K Messages

2 months ago

Notification is not required when working on a property that has an easement, which may be why you were not informed, jbatia929.

 

Aminah, AT&T Community Specialist

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4 Messages

2 months ago

So should I be told or it be marked that there is something there so we don't dig in the wrong place? How are we supposed to know?

spoom2

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17.5K Messages

2 months ago

You call the call before you dig number, as stated before.

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