• “Dig Once” Legislation
  • March 1, 2018 | Author: Kathleen M. Slattery
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Lawmakers have introduced a bi-partisan bill called the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2018, which would create a “dig once” policy for federal roads. The proposed bill mandates the installation of fiber conduits for covered highway construction projects. This policy would require that covered construction projects on new or existing federal roads include the installation of plastic pipes for fiber cables. The policy is referred to as “dig once” because it aims to eliminate the need to dig up roads to deploy broadband infrastructure. By installing the fiber conduits during construction, broadband providers can easily install fiber optic cables at a low cost whether or not installed immediately or in the future. Legislation promoting the bi-partisan “dig once” policy has been introduced repeatedly in Congress since 2009.