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Fiber for Breakfast 2023 Week 13: Electric Cooperative Broadband – Why Make Ready Matters

As states prepare for BEAD allocations and USDA finalizes the next ReConnect rounds, our nation’s Electric Cooperatives continue to analyze their futures in the Broadband arena. Electric Cooperatives will have a crossroads between actively providing services or playing a more supporting role in their communities, with one common theme, Make Ready.

Make Ready involves the effort and funding needed to utilize existing power poles to support added infrastructure to deploy broadband and can make or break a fiber broadband deployment plan.

Panelist: Ryan Kudera, Senior Consultant, Finley Engineering