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FOSA Praises New Federal Highway Administration "Dig Once" Regulations

March 3, 2022
Fiber Optic Sensing Association

Contact: Mark Uncapher, 240-685-1853

FOSA Praises New Federal Highway Administration "Dig Once" Regulations

WASHINGTON DC – March 3, 2022 – The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, praised new regulations going into effect from the Federal Highway Administration implementing “Dig Once” policies. Opportunities to install fiber optic cable will be more broadly publicized when highway rights-of-way are opened through construction.

Commenting on the new rules going into effect on March 3rd, FOSA Executive Director Mark Uncapher said: "Dig Once reduces the number and scale of excavations along highway rights-of-way when installing telecommunications infrastructure. It applies the familiar admonishment to carpenters to "Measure twice, Cut Once." In the context of infrastructure construction, this advice reminds us to double-check in advance to avoid construction later." 

FOSA Chairman Dave Cunningham noted, “As utility construction ramps up to implement the national priority of improved broadband access for every American, Dig Once will play an important role in ensuring that the infrastructure is deployed cost-effectively and safely.” 

As resources to assist implementation, the association has produced the FOSA DIG ONCE PRIMER, DIG ONCE POLICY: 16 STATE MODELS, and FOSA – Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) Installation Considerations for Highways 

Beginning in 2009, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Ca) introduced the first of several Dig Once bills to expand the deployment of broadband internet service. As part of the “Mobile Now” provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration had been directed to issue Dig Once rules for federal-aid highway projects.

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, 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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