Community Investment Incentives
Communities want and need high performance, future-proof all-fiber networks. Many are working with the Fiber Broadband Association, state broadband agencies, providers, consultants and other entities to drive investments by potential network operators — be they the local incumbent, a competitive entrant or even the community itself. Communities are creating a compendium of best practices which the Fiber Broadband Association will track and make available.
With the deployment of new communications technologies and the entry of new providers, the public spaces available for service providers to build their networks are becoming increasingly in demand and crowded. The problem is exacerbated when electric and telephone utilities, which have long used public land for their networks, refuse to negotiate with new entrants, such as broadband providers, for rights to use the utilities’ existing poles, ducts, and conduits located in public rights-of-way. Such refusals force the new entrant to install its own poles along streets where poles already exist and dig up roads and sidewalks rather than simply running its cables through existing underground routes. Local residents are unnecessarily inconvenienced, and the appearance of communities can suffer.