Telephone poles, also called utility poles, differ in their spacing when located in urban versus rural areas. Within a U.S. urban landscape, utility poles tend to be spaced 125 feet apart. In rural areas, utility poles are spaced as much as 300 feet apart.
Many factors affect the spacing of the poles. In areas of rough terrain, poles may be spaced either significantly closer to each other or significantly further from each other in order to minimize the chance of damage to the pole. This damage would require specialized electricians to travel through rough terrain in order to repair the damaged power line.