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.
In a letter to all members of the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology, FTTH Council President/CEO Heather Burnett Gold, urged the passage of H 186, which proposes to require the Public Service Board to amend its existing rules governing pole attachments with the goal of expediting the use of facilities by telecommunications service providers able to offer and expand broadband throughout the State. Within the bill, you have urged the PSB to consider adoption of “one touch” make ready policies.
In the fall of 2015, the Council proposed that all communities adopt such “one touch” policies which would allow a single construction crew — with sufficient skill and experience to be approved and chosen by the pole owner — to complete all the work to make a pole ready for a new attachment. “One touch” not only accelerates deployment but it reduces the disruption and inconvenience in a community’s streets that come from multiple construction crews performing “make ready” to move existing attachers and a final crew to attach the new entrant. “One touch” also is equitable because the use of a recognized authorized contractor protects the pole owner and other companies or entities that have equipment attached to poles, and all communications attachers have the same right to use the “one touch” process.