The Fiber Broadband Association believes that by reducing regulation, we can propel investment in all-fiber infrastructure. In the past, the Fiber Broadband Association has urged regulators to: not mandate unbundling of fiber facilities; not impose onerous open internet requirements on broadband providers; not require battery back up in all-fiber networks; and not regulate the prices for business data services provided over all-fiber facilities. In addition, the Fiber Broadband Association advocates for the removal of public and private barriers to investment, such as unreasonable fees for access to poles and rights of way and unreasonable franchise requirements.
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.