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A single pole supporting elevation of any of various and unspecified public utilities, such as power transmission, lighting or telephony. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: in use


As of December 2011, the opening sentence of the Wikipedia article "Utility pole" reads:

A utility pole is a pole used to support overhead power lines and various other public utilities, such as cable, fibre optic cable, and related equipment such as transformers and street lights.

This key-value pair is rare, but is intended to provide a way of tagging such man made objects based on aerial imagery without a need to reference a specific use case, such as power=pole or highway=street_lamp, for instance.

Do not use this tag if you know what utilities the pole supports.

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