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Fiber Installation Constraints Study

During 2023, RVA conducted interviews with 283 small and mid-sized network operators installing fiber.   As part of the study, these operators were asked an open-ended question to comment on the current concerns and challenges they faced.  Responses were then analyzed and “coded” by the type of concerns indicated.  Two types of general concerns were noted:  concerns about aspects of federal programs for funding such as BEAD, and concerns about perceived constraints to fiber broadband installation. The following review focuses on those making comments about installation constraints.