Posts Tagged: Dig Once

Community Broadband Sticker Shock? Try a Different Approach

Community Broadband Sticker Shock recently hit Cambridge City Hall.

Recently, I worked with a City Councilor in Cambridge, Massachusetts to try and help the Council overcome a severe case of community broadband sticker shock.  It seems that the town had hired a consultant who had submitted a $200 million estimate for a city-wide fiber to the home network without first understanding what the City’s appetite would be for such expenditure – or, indeed, if the network being proposed was really necessary to achieve the… Read more »

Dig Once: How does it work?
A Policy for Municipalities to Consider

Dig Once streetscape underground utilities

Dig Once is a concept that is becoming more and more popular, particularly as municipalities, in efforts to beautify their downtowns, choose to suppress utilities underground. Aside from the aesthetics, there are functional pros and cons  to underground utilities.  One benefit of buried utilities is that they are less susceptible to damage from harsh weather and vehicular accidents. On the other hand, should underground utilities get damaged by animals or excavation, repair is difficult and… Read more »