“Dig Once” US Bill could bring High-Speed Fiber Internet to majority of the country


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Soon your entire city might be powered by High-Speed Fiber Internet, thanks to a new proposal that’s gaining momentum.

On Tuesday, a coalition of Tech & Free-Market groups, urged the leaders of U.S. House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee to support “dig once” policies that would enable installation of broardband cabled along federally funded highways.

As per the policy, construction crews would lay conduits for fiber cables whenever they build new roads & sidewalks or upgrade the existing ones. These conduits are basically plastic pipes that can be used to contain Fiber cables. They might be empty when installed but will make it significantly cheaper to install fiber cables at a later point of time.

Since these conduits would amount to just an extra 1% of project costs, it will encourage private broadband providers to deploy broadband in new areas which have low connectivity or may not be profitable. The draft bill, from U.S. Rep. Ana Eshoo, D-Calif., and Greg Walden, R-Ore, also proposed that these conduits can even be leased by providers to recoup costs.

They also mentioned that “Dig once” policies can reduce cost of laying fiber cables under highways by 33%in urban areas and by 16% in rural areas.

CTIA, which represents the nation’s largest mobile carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, supported dig once policy in a letter yesterday, suggesting that it “can cut broadband costs by up to 90 percent.”

Dig Once Policy could seriously boost the U.S. economy by enabling more people to be connected to the digital world and reducing government expenditure on infrastructure. This will also make it a lot easier to maintain & repair fiber cables, as well as upgrade broadband technology in future.

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