Unless you live in a Baltimore neighborhood — and, more specifically, a Baltimore rowhouse neighborhood — you might not be able to relate to this problem: Wires. Not wires that are needed for electric power or communications, but wires now dormant and left hanging in tangled messes by the companies that installed them. I wrote about this problem a few years ago after walking about the Remington neighborhood and noticing in rear alleys and over sidewalks a ridiculous amount of black wires, some of them hanging low enough to catch a 6-foot man under the chin. I inquired about this and discovered that no one was on the case; there was no constituency constantly complaining and asking for the removal of wires no longer needed. Comcast, for one, runs new wires every time a rowhouse changes owners or renters. The company apparently feels no responsibility to remove the previous wire, and gets no pressure to do so. There oughta be a law!
I’ll keep this short: If you live in a community that’s over-wired, if you want to get them removed, please get in touch with me at my Baltimore Sun email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide a location. I’ll get more photographic evidence and let the Maryland Public Service Commission know about this. It’s ridiculous, and suggestive of how Comcast, in particular, feels about its city customer base. These wires bring ugly to city neighborhoods and even — in some cases I’m sure — present a hazard.
I would really like to hear from community activists who have tried to do something about this in the past. Here is a link to my Sun column on the subject from 2016. It explains why no one takes responsibility for the dormant wires.