Patty Judge: Broadband Reforms Are Key to Connecting Rural America

January 4, 2023

“To ensure that critical federal broadband funds are maximized for broadband expansion to unserved communities, we must also address a stubborn and often overlooked obstacle during broadband deployment — utility pole access…

…Fortunately, under Rosenworcel’s leadership, the FCC is tackling this barrier to broadband deployment. In March, the commission launched a rulemaking process to explore ways to speed the resolution of pole disputes between ISPs and pole owners. Organizations from all across the political spectrum have submitted comments urging the FCC to take prompt action to address the costs and delays associated with utility pole attachments, replacements and disputes.”