Early in the process we decided to use underground services for two reasons. Practical and esthetical. The practical reason is we avoid having to hang overhead wires through dense foliage, in the inevitable winter storm we minmize the chance of branches falling on the wires. It will still happen, but we cut down on the chance of it happening. The esthetic part is we get to keep a nice and clean roof line without an unsightly weatherhead hanging on the house.
To have the meter pole installed we called a local contractor called Addy Power pretty early on and got a quote. They seem to be the only game in town but the price was good. It took many phone calls to get their attention but once they gave me a date for the work it was done right away.
This is what I was met with when I arrived in the morning, a big red truck with a big auger on the end of a boom. The guys had already started to drill the hole for the pole.