At a hearing entitled “Breaking Down Barriers to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment,” Gold testified about ways to streamline the federal construction permitting process and expand statutory rights to access to poles, ducts and conduit to accelerate the deployment of broadband to more Americans.
Communities need fiber, and there are a host of ways they can organize to make that happen. But the federal government needs to make sure it does not stand in the way.
The FTTH Council applauds the Broadband Opportunity Council on their action plan for the Federal government to expand broadband access in the United States.
The following statement may be attributed to Heather Burnett Gold, President of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council in regards to the FCC's Eleventh Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry:
We applaud the Chairman and his colleagues for establishing a careful balance in today’s order between the needs of consumers with efforts continue to promote the deployment of fast, all-fiber networks throughout the United States.