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Fiber Broadband Association Applauds FCC Action to Remove Barriers to Pole Attachments

Washington, D.C. (August 2, 2018) — The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) applauds the adoption of Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed One-Touch-Make-Ready (OTMR) rule at today’s FCC Commission Meeting. The proposal, which also was recommended by the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), will streamline the process to “make ready” poles for new attachments — further accelerating network buildout and fiber broadband deployment across the U.S.

“Far too often, the make-ready process has been a model of inefficiency, leading to excess cost and delays,” said Lisa R. Youngers, Executive Director of the Fiber Broadband Association. “I applaud Chairman Pai and the FCC Commissioners for their efforts to lower barriers to pole attachments, which will propel fiber broadband deployment throughout the country.”

In addition, with today’s action, the FCC has acted to codify the Commission’s overlashing precedent, define and establish processes for a “complete” application, and improve the overall survey process and the viability of the self-help make-ready remedy for attachers not electing OTMR.

Over the past year, the Fiber Broadband Association and its members have participated extensively in the FCC’s efforts to accelerate wireline broadband deployment by removing barriers to infrastructure investment, including barriers that undermine the ability of broadband providers to attach to utility poles expeditiously and at a reasonable cost.  The Fiber Broadband Association also worked with the BDAC raising numerous concerns with the existing pole attachment process and offering solutions to address those concerns.

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About the Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association in the Americas dedicated to the deployment of all-fiber optic network infrastructure to the home, to the business and to everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association educates providers, communities, consumers and government agencies about the enormous value of all-fiber networks, helping them make informed decisions about the construction and operation of these future-proof broadband networks.  Since 2001, the Fiber Broadband Association and its members have worked with communities, consumers, and government agencies to build a better broadband future here and around the world. Learn more at fiberbroadband.org.

 

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