Broadband Infrastructure Deployment

The Federal Highway Administration estimates that 90 percent of the cost of deploying broadband is for digging up and repairing the road.  That means it is 10 times more expensive to add broadband after a road is already built than to install it in the first place (1). The National Highway System (NHS) reaches nearly every part of the country. Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population lives within 5 miles (8 km) of an NHS roadway, as does nearly all of the urban areas with a population of more than 50,000 and 93 percent of urban areas with a population of between 5,000 and 50,000 (2).

State of Maine Broaband Infrastructure Deployment Working Group Members

Andrew Hagler, Public Utilities Commission
Gregory McNeal, Office of Information Technology
George Gervais, Department of Economic and Community Development
David Bernhardt, Department of Transportation
Timothy Schneider, Office of the Public Advocate
Peter Mills, Maine Turnpike Authority
Joshua Broder, Tilson Technologies
Jeff Letourneau, Maine School and Library Network
Dana Connors, Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Garrett Corbin, Maine Municipal Association

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Working Group Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, and the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation

ConnectME Highway Broadband Utilization Study - Appendix Recommendation of how to maximize broadband development throughout Maine using the state's major road corridors. Recommendations based on past experience in the regional and national telecommunications markets and consultation with transportation stakeholders in Maine and other U.S. states.

LD876 text documentation on Maine's Legislative website. "Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Study Issues Relating to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment"

Federal Executive Order -- Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment While broadband infrastructure has been deployed in a vast majority of communities across the country, today too many areas still lack adequate access to this crucial resource. For these areas, decisions on access to Federal property and rights of way can be essential to the deployment of both wired and wireless broadband infrastructure.

Additional Information

State of Vermont Reserved Capacity Pricing For Electronic Communications Licensing of Existing Buildings and Structures

Santa Cruz County considers sweeping new broadband deployment policies




(1) The Law and Politics of Broadband (September 17, 2013),

(2) Rodney E. Slater, "The National Highway System: A Commitment to America's Future, U.S. Department fo Transportation," Federal Highway Administration (Spring 1996),