Policy Bank

Broadband Development Policy Bank

Local agencies have developed policies that encourage the development of modern broadband infrastructure, particularly high capacity fiber optic networks, and the availability of fast, affordable and competitive Internet access. The documents below are examples of effective policies that may be adapted to local needs and circumstances.

Top Picks

Dig Once/Open Trench/Shadow Conduit

Conduit Specifications

New Construction Specifications

Broadband Asset Management

Permitting

Master Leases

Broadband General Plans and Policies

Staff Reports

Top Picks

Conduit and fiber standards for new home construction – the City of Brentwood passed an advanced technology systems ordinance in 1999, requiring developers to include conduit and fiber in newly built homes. In 2014, the City reached an agreement with Sonic.net to use the conduit as the basis for a fiber to the home (FTTH) system.

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance

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9 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – staff report

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9 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – resolution

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9 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – enacting resolution

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23 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood fiber master plan adoption

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22 Aug 2000

City of Brentwood Engineering Procedures Manual

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31 Dec 2013

Broadband Master Plan – the City of Santa Cruz’s comprehensive broadband plan includes a “dig once” ordinance, a streamlined encroachment permit process and a master lease. Next step is a fiber to the home (FTTH) project.

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Agenda Report

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10 Mar 2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Resolution

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10 Mar 2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Telecommunications Improvement Ordinance, “Dig Once” and assignment to Public Works

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10 Mar 2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Master Lease for Telecommunications Equipment

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10 Mar 2015

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with Cruzio for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Initiative

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17 Jun 2015

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Broadband Master Plan Approval

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28 Oct 2015

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Broadband Master Plan Policy Review

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28 Oct 2014

Draft Broadband Master Plan Agenda Package – the Central Coast Broadband Consortium has adapted the City of Santa Cruz’s documents, with modifications based on the City and County of San Francisco’s ordinance, into a generic template.

CCBC Draft Broadband Master Plan Package, version 0.1

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8 July 2015

Open Trench – coordination of street cuts and excavations with utilities, public works, developers and other interested parties to maximise the opportunity for broadband conduit installation, and to minimise cost, disruption and damage.

City of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 16-10 Telecom Excavations

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19 Jul 2011

City of Berkeley Staff Report Telecom Ordinance 7083

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5 May 2009

City of Berkeley Telecom Ordinance 7083

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28 May 2009

United States Government Accountability Office report on federal dig once policies

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27 Jun 2012

Utah Department of Transportation Administrative Code: Longitudinal and Wireless Access to Interstate System Rights-of-Way for Installation of Telecommunication Facilities

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30 Mar 2017

Shadow Conduit – installation of empty and/or spare conduit by a public agency when excavations occur in the public right of way, with agency costs limited to incremental costs.

City of Gonzales one page shadow conduit/dig once policy

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1 Feb 2016

City of Gonzales staff report, one page shadow conduit/dig once policy

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1 Feb 2016

City and County of San Francisco Public Works Code Article 2.4 Excavation in the Public Right of Way

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7 Nov 2014

City and County of San Francisco, Staff Report, Ordinance 220-14 Communication Infrastructure In Excavation Projects

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30 Sep 2014

City and County of San Francisco Ordinance 220-14 Communication Infrastructure In Excavation Projects

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7 Nov 2014

Conduit Specifications – the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and the Central Coast Broadband Consortium convened a technical expert group that included senior public works engineers, Internet service providers, underground construction contractors and manufacturers developed guidance and specifications for shadow conduit installations.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership/Central Coast Broadband Consortium Shadow Conduit Specifications

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1 Dec 2016

GIS Logging – routine entry of conduit and other broadband asset data into geographic information systems and establishing a requirement that plans and other information be submitted by utilities, developers, contractors and others in an appropriate GIS format.

Central Coast Broadband Consortium GIS Integration Policy with Draft Resolution

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2015

Permitting – placing responsibility for approval of broadband infrastructure projects solely in the public works department via encroachment permit processes.

Santa Cruz County – Permitting Telecommunications Projects

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2014

Master Lease for Telecommunications Equipment – establishing standard terms and conditions for the lease of agency assets such as buildings, towers and land by telecommunications companies.

Santa Cruz County – Master Lease for Telecommunications Equipment

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2014

Dig Once/Open Trench/Shadow Conduit

Central Coast Broadband Consortium Shadow Conduit Policy

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2015

City and County of San Francisco Ordinance 220-14 Communication Infrastructure In Excavation Projects

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7 Nov 2014

City and County of San Francisco Public Works Code Article 2.4 Excavation in the Public Right of Way

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7 Nov 2014

City of Gonzales one page shadow conduit/dig once policy

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1 Feb 2016

City of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 16-10 Telecom Excavations

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19 Jul 2011

City of Berkeley Telecom Ordinance 7083

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28 May 2009

City of Salinas Policy Reducing Underground Excavation for Communications Infrastructure within the City Right Of Way

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15 Nov 2016

San Benito County Complete Streets policy, incorporating “dig once” elements.

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3 Nov 2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Telecommunications Improvement Ordinance (“Dig Once”)

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10 Mar 2015

Santa Cruz County Dig Once Ordinance

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2015

Utah Department of Transportation Administrative Code: Longitudinal and Wireless Access to Interstate System Rights-of-Way for Installation of Telecommunication Facilities

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30 Mar 2017

United States Government Accountability Office report on federal dig once policies

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27 Jun 2012

Conduit Specifications

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership/Central Coast Broadband Consortium Shadow Conduit Specifications

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1 Dec 2016

City of Ontario Conduit Standards

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2013

City of San Leandro General Guideline For Fiber Conduit Construction

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15 Oct 2014

Mono County Conduit Specifications

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2013

Placer County Microtrenching Approved Plans

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Feb 2007

Santa Cruz County Draft Installation Requirements Conduit For Fiber Optic Cable

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28 Jan 2014

U.K. Microtrenching Guidance

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Nov 2011

New Construction Specifications

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance

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9 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – resolution

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9 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – enacting resolution

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23 Feb 1999

City of Brentwood fiber master plan adoption

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22 Aug 2000

City of Brentwood Engineering Procedures Manual

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31 Dec 2013

City of Ontario Fiber Master Plan

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12 Sep 2013

FTTH Council FTTH Infrastructure Components Deployment Methods

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2007

Grant County PUD Commercial Service Workbook

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12 Jan 2012

Grant County PUD Residential Service Workbook

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2 Sep 2011

Grant County PUD Subdivision Workbook

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16 Aug 2010

Grant County PUD Connection Agreement

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Broadband Asset Management

Central Coast Broadband Consortium GIS Integration Policy with Draft Resolution

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2015

San Leandro Conduit Fiber Maintenance Repair Requirements

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2014

San Leandro Fiber Optics Responsibility Matrix

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2014

Permitting

Santa Cruz County Encroachment Permits

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2014

Master Leases

City of San Antonio Master Leases

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Mar 2014

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan – Master Lease

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10 Mar 2015

Santa Cruz County Master Lease for Telecommunications Equipment

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2014

Broadband General Plans and Policies

California Emerging Technology Fund Resource Guide Model Policies

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Oct 2010

Central Coast Broadband Consortium Broadband Policy Resolution

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2012

Central Coast Broadband Consortium Broadband Policy White Paper

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2012

Central Coast Broadband Consortium General Plan Survey Monterey County

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2012

Central Coast Broadband Consortium General Plan Survey San Benito County

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2012

Central Coast Broadband Consortium General Plan Survey Santa Cruz County

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2012

Central Coast Broadband Consortium Prioritizing Broadband and Get Connected Resolution

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2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan Resolution

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10 Mar 2015

East Bay Broadband Consortium Final Report

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28 Jan 2014

Google Fiber For Communities

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10 Feb 2014

Google Fiber Project Development Agreement

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2014

Humboldt County General Plan Board of Supervisors-Approved Draft Chapter 6 Telecommunications

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1 Oct 2012

Mono County Communications Chapter Draft

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2013

Mono County Communications Policies Draft

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2013

Tellus Venture Associates Broadband Plan for the City of San Leandro

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16 Jul 2012

Tellus Venture Associates Benicia Industrial Broadband Project Assessment

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24 Jun 2013

Tellus Venture Associates Broadband Development Assessment for the City of Berkeley

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29 May 2015

Tellus Venture Associates Broadband Policy Presentation

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23 Apr 2014

Staff Reports

City of Benicia Broadband Project Staff Report

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2 Jul 2013

City of Berkeley Broadband Staff Report

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23 Jun 2015

City of Berkeley Staff Report Telecom Ordinance 7083

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5 May 2009

City of Brentwood Staff Report Sonic.net Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Project

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May 2014

City of Brentwood conduit and fiber ordinance – staff report

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9 Feb 1999

City of Gonzales staff report, one page shadow conduit/dig once policy

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1 Feb 2016

City of Oakland Broadband Staff Report

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27 Apr 2010

City of Salinas Staff Report, Reducing Underground Excavation for Communications Infrastructure within the City Right Of Way

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15 Nov 2016

City of San Leandro Broadband Staff Report, Lit San Leandro

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17 Sep 2012

City of San Leandro Broadband Staff Report, Lit San Leandro

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17 Oct 2011

City of San Leandro Broadband Staff Report, Lit San Leandro

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6 Jun 2011

City and County of San Francisco, Staff Report, Ordinance 220-14 Communication Infrastructure In Excavation Projects

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30 Sep 2014

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with Cruzio for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Initiative

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17 Jun 2015

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Master Plan Agenda Report

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10 Mar 2015

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Broadband Master Plan Approval

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28 Oct 2014

City of Santa Cruz Staff Report Broadband Master Plan Policy Review

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28 Oct 2014

City of Santa Cruz Broadband Ordinance Staff Memo

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Mar 2012

City of Santa Cruz Model Street Cut Policies Staff Memo

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Mar 2012