Sonic posted a Notice of Telecom Construction at the corner of California and Carleton on Nov 16, 2018. Project number 1607-FDA 30-3096. It was to provide community notice before filing permits from what I understand. However, there is no active permit application on Berkeley's permit database for this location now going on two months from when this was posted. Is this Sonic delaying on filing the permit or Berkeley's fault? This pole is going to house our FDA and we've been waiting for Sonic fiber since about this time last year - I'm happy enough to pester the city/permits office if that's what needs to happen.
These notices are a new process, the City asked us to do photoshop images of the passive (no electronics) splitter cabinets on each pole where one would be cited, and to give the public opportunity to provide feedback. I think that it's likely that this issue arose because someone was concerned that these might house wireless equipment or electronics. They do not - no noise, no lights, no antennas, no EMF radiation. The City has given us approval to place cable and do other work in parallel with these applications, so while this has held up activation of some FDAs, we are not at a construction standstill - but until these permits are issued, we could end up stalled, so that is a key reason we've ceased providing activation date estimates: we only want to estimate when the outcome is reasonably known, and with these new permit requirements, there's not full certainty about how long it'll take.