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 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.
Ex parte meeting with FCC Commissioner Simington on the E-rate funding for cybersecurity, the Universal Service Fund, pole attachments, and anchor institution broadband connectivity
November 4, 2021
Among other things, SHLB discussed the importance of streamlining the pole attachment process.
April 12, 2021
SHLB and fellow advocates urged Congress to pursue pole access reform that ensures timely access, fair cost sharing, and expedited resolution of disputes.
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