Verizon is outlining its support for ‘One Touch Make Ready’, a proposal which will enable quicker deployment of fiber by scotching red tape associated with pole attachment.
The proposal has already been trialled out in a handful of US metros with not all parties happy, to say the least; both Comcast and AT&T sued Metro Nashville when the law was passed late last year.
Current timeframes for processing pole attachment requests can take several months. A new ‘attacher’ has to contact a pole owner for permission to attach, with the time filled up by surveys and existing attachers literally ‘making the pole ready’ for the new attachment.
With the new proposal, new attachers would have pre-approved and licensed contractors to do the rearranging in one truck roll. However, as reported by Nashville Business Journallast year, AT&T and Comcast sued Metro Nashville on the basis that it ‘does not have the authority to regulate utility poles in the way the ordinance lays out’.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking for feedback on the deployment, a step which Verizon says it is ‘encouraged’ by. Ascan be seenon the Office of the Federal Register website, the FCC is allowing stakeholders to submit comments until July 17. Verizonalso issued a filingwith the FCC urging to ‘reform pole attachment policies to spur broadband deployment’.
“Verizon is in a unique position to weigh in on how these issues affect deployment,” Katharine Saunders, associate general counsel at Verizon wrote in a blog post. “We are one of the few broadband providers with experience both as a pole owner and as a wireline and wireless attacher to other people’s poles.