Regulators stifle broadband expansion with exorbitant pole attachment fees
Jeffrey Westling, resident fellow in technology and innovation at R Street Institute, told the Taxpayers Protection Alliance that providers have begun to call for cost-sharing when they must replace older poles to support the infrastructure they seek to deploy. The thought is that is fairer since the pole owner wholly benefits from the value of the improvements.
“As we consider subsidization programs, it is critical that regulatory barriers and excessive fees for things like pole attachments don’t add additional barriers,” he said. “Limiting these costs will minimize the need for subsidies and maximize the value of subsidies when they are required for a given community.”