Today, with investments enabled by the Investment Infrastructure and Jobs Act (IIJA), telecoms companies are in the driving seat to build the infrastructure needed to connect every American to reliable, high -speed, affordable broadband. The infrastructure buildout will provide unprecedented bandwidth and digital content to business and residential consumers, transforming unserved and underserved communities and building new digital economic growth. As traditional work patterns evolve, more people are streaming, zooming, and making online purchases at a rate we’ve never seen before. As tech moves forward at a rapid pace, the old non-digital world is fading even faster. No matter the sector, telecoms must have a plan deliver these economic benefits as quickly as possible.
The Race to Deploy Fiber is On
With new funding available to States from the IIJA, there are huge opportunities for telecoms businesses, established and new, to build out the fiber infrastructure required to close the digital divide by bringing broadband directly to the communities that need them the most. The telecoms businesses that present the best return on investment and time to value, stand the greatest chance of success.
The Importance of Planning Ahead
The first part of the plan is laying fiber. However, experience tells us this is just the beginning. All operators will need to pay special attention to the design of their fiber networks.