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FOSA Files Broadband Comments with NTIA

PRESS RELEASE
February 4, 2022

Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Contact: Mark Uncapher, 240-685-1853

FOSA Files Broadband Comments with NTIA 

WASHINGTON, DC – February 4, 2022 – The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation's premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, filed comments on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

In FOSA’s comment, Executive Director Mark Uncapher wrote: "A "Multi-Use" approach can more fully harness broadband's potential. The owners of infrastructure with long rights-of-way can be involved to maximize the potential impact. These non-traditional providers can help NTIA leverage additional resources and potential uses.” In support of a "Multi-Use" strategy, FOSA advocated that NTIA should:
• “Involve non-traditional providers, especially infrastructure owners with long rights-of-way.
• Encourage states and other program participants to establish and maintain mechanisms for tracking in a publicly accessible format the availability of fiber-enabled rights-of-way.
• Encourage fiber optic cable conduits to be used to enable future cable installation.”

FOSA's comments are available here.

ABOUT THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION. FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety and protect the environment. FOSA Premier Member Companies include AP Sensing, Aselsan, Corning, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, FEBUS Optics, Fotech Solutions, Graz University of Technology, Hawk Measurement, Hifi, NBG Fiber Optic Corp, NEC, Network Integrity Systems, NKT Photonics, OFS, Omnisens, OptaSense, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, Sensonic, Senstar, Smartpipe Technologies, Terra Sound, the University of California - Berkeley, and VIAVI Solutions.

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