NES files request for clarification of One Touch Make Ready ordinance

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nashville Electric Service has filed a request seeking clarity and direction in regards to the recently passed One Touch Make Ready ordinance.

In a statement released Monday, the company said that because AT&T and Comcast have filed separate lawsuits against Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Nashville, it has become clear to NES that if it chooses to comply with the ordinance, it will be subject to similar lawsuits.

“It is in the best interest of our customers and the citizens of Nashville to avoid protracted and costly litigation,” said NES President and CEO Decosta Jenkins. “We look forward to resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The Metro area fully supports the decision to file one piece of litigation involving all of the interested parties in an attempt to reach an efficient resolution to the conflict between the ordinance and NES’s existing pole attachment contracts.

“We look forward to participating in NES’s action,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “We believe in One Touch Make Ready and look forward to defending its legality. Our focus is simply on providing services to our citizens, who have expressed their desire for those services through their elected representatives.