With the Obama administration pushing forward on a national broadband strategy, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) has introduced a smart bill tying future federal highway projects to fiber optic networks. Via Broadcasting & Cable:
Rep. Anna Eshoo has introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act, which would require new federal highway projects to include broadband conduits for fiber optic communications.
That will be increasingly important as the FCC comes up with a nationwide broadband rollout plan at the behest of Congress, and the governent hands out over $7 billion to help get broadband service to unserved and underserved areas. Eshoo said in announcing the bill that over half the cost of laying broadband pipe is digging up and repaving roads. This way, the pipe will already be there when the communications provider is ready to install the fiber.