Amendments to Microtrenching and Public Pay Telephone Rules
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE OF PROPOSED RULES
These rules amend the rules of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) in three respects.
First, these rules change the procedure for obtaining City approval to perform microtrenching. The existing rules require a telecommunications franchisee to file certain documents with DoITT after obtaining a microtrenching permit from the Department of Transportation. The process of obtaining a permit from DOT before DoITT has completed its review has prevented DoITT from sufficiently reviewing certain documents prior to commencement of construction. To address this problem, these rules as revised require the telecommunications franchisee to file those documents with DoITT before obtaining a microtrenching permit.
Second, these rules expand the permissible use of microtrenching. The existing rules permit microtrenching in enumerated zoning districts. These rules also allow microtrenching, regardless of zoning district, to provide fiber-optic service to telecommunications structures within the City streets, such as, for example, fixtures on street light poles and sidewalk public communications structures.
Third, these rules repeal outdated portions of DoITT’s current rules governing public pay telephones. The former public pay telephone franchises were replaced by a new franchise for public communications structures that can include both public pay telephone and mobile telecommunications functionality. These rules revise the existing public pay telephone rules to accommodate the new franchise.
These rules are promulgated pursuant to DoITT’s rulemaking authority under section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York and Chapter 4 of Title 23 of the New York City Administrative Code.