Pole Attachments

Owners of telephone poles and other rights-of-way can sometimes slow the pace of broadband deployment to anchor institutions and their communities. Both nonprofit and commercial broadband providers face a number of challenges, including:

  • Expensive utility pole surveys.
  • Excessive make-ready costs. 
  • High pole replacement costs.
  • Administrative application processing delays.
  • Overlapping legal regimes.


Key Documents

November 2021
Advancing Pole Attachment Policies to Accelerate National Broadband Buildout


June 2021
Pole Attachment Principles to Expedite Broadband Deployment to Anchor Institutions and Their Communities



SHLB's Advocacy


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Ex parte to Commissioner Starks' Office regarding pole attachments proceeding

July 14, 2022


Among other things, SHLB proposed the idea of state pole attachment working groups to assist in expediting pole problems.


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Comments to the FCC regarding the pole attachments Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
June 27, 2022

SHLB made several recommendations to the FCC about how to ensure cost allocation disputes surrounding pole replacements do not delay broadband build-out


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Ex parte letter to the FCC regarding the draft pole attachments Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

March 9, 2022


SHLB proposed several additional questions for the FCC to consider including in its upcoming Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, "Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.


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Letter to the FCC asking for a rulemaking to address pole attachment issues
January 31, 2022

SHLB detailed many pole attachments and rights-of-way issues that are stalling broadband deployment, asking that the Commission begin a rulemaking proceeding to resolve these problems.


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Pole Attach's Policy Group

Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 ET


Marc Paul
Charter Communications

Ovidiu Viorica
New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority 

Meeting Notes

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