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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pole Attach's Policy Group
Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 ET
New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority
SHLB Members Only