Finley Whitepaper
Finley Make Ready White Paper

Putting Make-ready Requirements Into Context for the Broadband Era

New Opportunities for Utility Companies in Broadband

Broadband is booming—and utility companies across the country are playing a critical role in closing the digital divide for rural Americans.

Running aerial fiber optic lines on existing utility poles remains the fastest and most cost-effective method for fiber deployment. In fact, the NTCA estimates that roughly 80% of rural broadband construction is aerial. This means utility poles—and the companies that own them—present an incredible opportunity to quickly deliver high-speed internet to rural Americans.

Any utility company looking to take advantage will need to consider the necessary investments required, as well as potential options to leverage federal funding to offset costs and modernize their infrastructure.

With so much opportunity for utility companies to take part in or facilitate broadband deployment, it may be difficult to know where to start. To help you navigate through this process, our whitepaper covers the requirements and opportunities available to utility companies who wish to take part in broadband expansion.

In this whitepaper, you’ll learn:

  • The make-ready requirements to prepare utility pole infrastructure for broadband deployment
  • Implications for utility companies who wish to deploy broadband (or help facilitate the build)
  • How to leverage the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program to offset your costs
  • Opportunities to leverage additional funding through the IIJA energy initiatives for smart grid deployments

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