Broadband Communities

OCT 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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BROADBAND POLICY 6 4 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 Google Fiber Helps Drive National OTMR Policy Pole attachments have long been a problem for fiber overbuilders that need access to utility poles. With its new one-touch-make-ready rule, the FCC weighed in on their side. By Sean Buckley W hen the FCC issued its one-touch- make-ready (OTMR) ruling in August, the regulator advanced its mission of expanding broadband by removing barriers to deployment – but the genesis of the ruling can be traced to Google Fiber's efforts. In the face of opposition from AT&T and Comcast, Google Fiber persuaded Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, to pass local OTMR ordinances in 2016 – showing how influential Google Fiber has been in changing the broadband dialogue. What's telling about Google Fiber's role in OTMR is that relative to established broadband players, the provider lacks a critical mass of customers. By allowing new attachers to conduct work themselves, OTMR is intended to simplify pole attachment processes. Previously, new attachers had to wait for multiple parties to move existing facilities. is traditional make-ready process required new entrants such as Google Fiber to wait months for existing providers to move their lines themselves. Google Fiber says that if it can hire its own contractor to move lines to make room for its fiber, it could accelerate rollout and installation timelines. SUPPORT FOR THE OTMR RULING Google Fiber hailed the FCC's ruling to put a shot in the competitive broadband arm. "We fully support this effort by the FCC and applaud the efforts of Chairman Pai to remove obstacles that reduce choice and competition for broadband consumers," said John Burchett, director of public policy for Google Fiber, in a blog post. "As the FCC says in its order, One Touch Make Ready 'will serve the public interest through greater broadband deployment and competitive entry' – we couldn't agree more." e Fiber Broadband Association also supported the FCC ruling. "e recent FCC order will allow a new pole attacher to do make-ready work all at once, rather than having to wait for existing attachers to do it sequentially, which will save significant time and cost," said Lisa Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. "As a result, broadband providers can more expeditiously and cost-effectively upgrade their networks with fiber or deploy fiber in new markets, which facilitate gigabit service to residences, businesses, institutions, and wireless sites." Joining service providers in touting OTMR's potential is Corning, which estimated in a joint study with CMA Strategy Consulting, cited in an FCC filing, that OTMR could drive $12.6 billion in additional capex investment for FTTP and $8.8 billion in additional 5G wireless capex. Corning said an OTMR policy would result in 8.3 million additional premises passed by fiber and 5.9 million incremental premises passed by 5G wireless.

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