What are we talking about?

"Undergrounding" refers to burial of our existing overhead utilities. These include electricity (PG&E), cable TV/broadband Internet (Comcast), and landline phones (AT&T). Burying the lines means getting rid of the poles, which can also effect streetlights (we have only one in Los Altos Hills) and some wireless transmitters (like those used by PG&E for collecting smart meter data). Most undergrounding projects now place transformers and switchgear in surface pad-mounted enclosures for reliability. The lines would be buried alongside or under our roads, possibly under our existing pathways to reduce traffic disruption.

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1. What are we talking about?
2. What is the scope of the project?
3. What experience do we have with undergrounding?
4. What are 20A" funds?
5. What data do we have on the cost of undergrounding?
6. What would a town-wide undergrounding project cost?
7. How could we fund this type of project?
8. Does undergrounding improve safety and reliability?
9. Does undergrounding improve property values?