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 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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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.


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Connect the Future letter to congressional broadband leaders
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.


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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

SHLB Members Only