In what amounts to a bold move on broadband, President Obama has signed an Executive Order to make broadband construction along Federal roadways and properties up to 90 percent cheaper and more efficient.
Currently, a statement from the White House asserts, the procedures for approving broadband infrastructure projects on properties controlled or managed by the Federal Government—including large tracts of land, roadways, and more than 10,000 buildings across the Nation—vary depending on which agency manages the property.
The new Executive Order will ensure that agencies charged with managing Federal properties and roads take specific steps to adopt a uniform approach for allowing broadband carriers to build networks on and through those assets and speed the delivery of connectivity to communities, businesses, and schools.
“Building a nationwide broadband network will strengthen our economy and put more Americans back to work,” President Obama stated upon announcing his action. “By connecting every corner of our country to the digital age, we can help our businesses become more competitive, our students become more informed and our citizens become more engaged.”
The Executive Order mandates the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Interior, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs as well as the US Postal Service to offer carriers a single approach to leasing Federal assets for broadband deployment.
To read the full statement and summary of details regarding the Executive Order, click here.