Policymakers can bring greater transparency to the pole access process by ensuring there are clear permit timelines. We also must make sure that disputes between pole owners and those deploying broadband are heard and resolved as quickly as possible. Unserved Montanans are counting on our leaders to build upon the progress made in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act and eliminate any barriers that will delay broadband deployment. It’s time to fix our pole access rules to close the digital divide.
By Hali Ehresmann
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