Rights-of-Ways - Telecommunications


The increased number of cell phone towers, with related fiber optic cable, has generated questions and conflicts when telecommunication companies seek to use township road right-of-way for laying of fiber optic cable to service cell phone
towers. Disputes may arise over the depth at which cable is buried; the location of connection boxes that may project above grade level, and the repair of excavated or bored road surfaces and roadside right of way. Illinois law authorizes companies to use right-of-way in some circumstances, and places time limits on the approval (or disapproval) of highway commissioners and county engineers who have a recognized but limited right to control how the right-of-way is used.  Fore more...