Positions of Verizon and Comcast re: Crawlspace Entry to Install/ Repair Telecommunications’ Equipment

Release Date: 
May 08, 2017

Positions of Verizon and Comcast re: Crawlspace Entry to Install/ Repair Telecommunications’ Equipment 

Comcast

Following the discovery of asbestos in crawlspaces of frame and masonry units, Comcast has informed staff that its employees and contractors will continue to enter crawlspaces to install and repair equipment for those units, whose members subscribe to Comcast’s telecommunications’ services.

Verizon

Verizon has informed staff that its employees and contractors will not enter a crawlspace to install or repair its equipment, unless GHI provides recent documentation from an industrial hygiene firm that there is no asbestos within the crawlspace. Staff will provide Verizon with such documentation for the 121 masonry buildings whose crawlspaces have been cleared of asbestos. Crawlspaces in the remaining 14 masonry buildings will be cleared of asbestos by the end of this month.

Staff has asked Verizon to explore the option of routing its telecommunications’ cables for frame homes, in a manner that does not require its technicians to enter those crawlspaces, and is awaiting a response from Verizon.