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FOSA Dig Once Comment 09142020
Topic: Public Policy Files
Owner: FOSA Staff
Date: 2020-09-14

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association ("FOSA") appreciates the opportunity to submit comments to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding "Broadband Infrastructure Deployment." (CFR: 23 CFR Part 645, Federal Register Number: 85 FR 49328, August 13, 2020)

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) was founded in 2017 as a non-profit organization to educate industry, government, and the general public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing technologies that enhance public safety, promote the security of critical facilities and infrastructure, and protect the environment. Our 22 members include organizations that manufacture, install, test, evaluate, support, and/or use fiber optic sensing systems and equipment.ii

At the most basic level, Dig Once reduces the number and scale of excavations along highway rights-of-way when installing telecommunications infrastructure. In effect, it applies the admonishment familiar to builders and carpenters to "Measure Twice, Cut Once." In the context of infrastructure construction, this advice reminds us to double-check in advance to avoid unnecessary waste later.

See attached document for full comment.

Download File   FOSA Dig Once Comment 09142020.pdf