By: Taglang | Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest

What challenges exist at the federal, state, and local levels that delay or burden broadband deployment?  How can Congress help expedite or streamline the process for broadband deployment? Is attaching telecommunications equipment on municipally or cooperatively owned poles more difficult or expensive than on other poles? These questions motivated the House Commerce Committee's  Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing, Breaking Barriers: Streamlining Permitting to Expedite Broadband Deployment, on April 19.


Romano endorsed the following draft bills under consideration at the hearing:

  • Reducing Barriers for Broadband on Federal Lands Act. Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID) is working on the draft bill that would remove the requirement to prepare an environmental or historic preservation review for the deployment of broadband projects on previously disturbed federal lands.

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