Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee, introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill, also known as “Dig Once,” would mandate the inclusion of broadband conduit -- plastic pipes through which companies can easily pull fiber cables when construction is finished -- during the construction or upgrade of roads receiving federal funding.
For nearly all Americans, broadband is an indispensable service that makes it possible for them to communicate, transact commerce, and participate in civic life. In fact, broadband is so critical that last month Senator Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and a bipartisan group of 60 senators, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to ensure that rural Americans have access to high-speed broadband.
Public Knowledge will host a briefing on the Impact of Technology Transitions on Rural Communities at the Rayburn House Office Building Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. This joint briefing is also sponsored by the Center for Rural Strategies and the National Rural Assembly’s Rural Broadband Policy Group.
Tomorrow afternoon (May 12th), we are bringing together rural policy experts from around the country for an event on the impact of the technology transitions (previously referred to as the “IP Transition”) on rural communities. This event is open to the public and we hope you can join! It will be held on Capitol Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building at 2pm. You can RSVP here.