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FBA Presents – FBA Inaugural Fiber Deployment Cost Survey Results – Assessing the Landscape Ahead of BEAD

The Fiber Broadband Association and Cartesian are proud to release the findings from our inaugural Fiber Deployment Study.

The next five to ten years will be the most critical in broadband infrastructure as we look to accomplish the ambitious goal of delivering high speed internet access to all Americans. Central to this mission are the public and private investments that are fueling historic levels of deployment. The largest of these – the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program – dedicates $42.45B to the effort. This year, we’ll start to see BEAD funds flow through state broadband offices to subgrantee winners.

As we enter this next phase in building broadband infrastructure, it’s more important than ever to understand the detail behind construction costs. Better insight into the cost of fiber deployment will help industry and policymakers to realize the full potential of fiber broadband and reach the greatest number of people.

Join us Wednesday January 24th at 11am ET as we present the key findings from our Fiber Deployment Study. Topics include:

  • Overall range of deployment costs for aerial and underground construction
  • Typical breakdown between the cost of labor and materials and the distribution of each
  • Impact of deployment-related factors on deployment cost, such as population density, terrain, and construction method
  • How deployment costs changed last year and the reasons behind this change
  • Outlook for costs in the coming year and predictions on which cost drivers will be the most significant

Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this study.

Presented by:

  • Michael Dargue, Vice President, Cartesian
  • Meg Corriveau, Consultant – Strategy & Analytics, Cartesian
  • Gary Bolton, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association


Download the Fiber Deployment Annual Report 2023: Fiber Deployment Annual Report 2023 – Fiber Broadband Association