House Dems want cost estimate for ‘dig once’ broadband


The FCC estimates running fiber through an existing conduit is three to four times cheaper than constructing a new aerial build.

"Given the scale of the federal government's funding of highway construction, we believe the installation of conduit in these projects could greatly facilitate the deployment of broadband networks," the letter states.

In fiscal 2009, the Federal Highway Administration reported the federal government helped states with 5,000 miles of new construction. The lawmakers asked the GAO to examine the effect of a national "dig once" policy, specifically asking for the cost and benefits along with the extent to which the policy would divert funds from highway construction.

The letter also asks which states and local governments have adopted "dig once" policies and what locations would benefit most from such a policy.