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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Applauds “Dig Once” Legislation

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 2018

Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher
202-423-5344

WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 26, 2018 - The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, today applauded the enactment of “Dig Once” legislation designed to facilitate the deployment along U.S. highways of fiber optic cables for purposes of extending broadband and fiber optic sensing networks.  The legislation, championed by U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV), requires states receiving federal highway funds to consult with broadband infrastructure providers in order to include their fiber optic cables or conduit at the time of highway construction.

The Dig Once provisions were included in fiscal year 2018 spending legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump Friday afternoon.

“Dig Once is a common-sense solution to a real problem,” said FOSA Director Mark Uncapher.  “Currently there is little coordination between road builders and fiber optic infrastructure providers.  By bringing the two together, the fiber infrastructure providers can install cable or conduit while the road ditch is open, eliminating their need to do it at a later time. That saves time and money, extends fiber optic infrastructure to areas that need it, and reduces highway congestion for drivers.”

Although broadband deployment was the primary driver for the legislation, it will also facilitate fiber optic sensing, according to Uncapher. 

“With optical fiber integrated into our roadways, we will have a real ‘smart road’ network in America,” Uncapher said.  “A single strand of fiber connected to advanced sensing equipment can provide information on traffic density, speed, conditions and other critical factors. The enactment of Dig Once will help make smart roads a reality in the United States. We look forward to working with all interested parties to ensure the successful rollout of this important new policy.”

THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION (FOSA) 
FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment.

FOSA Members include Adelos, AFL, AP Sensing, Asymmetric Technologies, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, Fotech Solutions, Frauscher Sensor Technology USA, Hifi Engineering, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, NKT Photonics and Prysmian. For further information, please visit the FOSA website

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