Rep. Eshoo Hails Administration Effort to Promote Cost-Saving Broadband Development Plan

June 13th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) issued the following statement today after the White House announced an Executive Order implementing a “dig once” policy similar to her Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2011 (H.R. 1695) introduced last year:

“Broadband networks are critical to our country’s economic success by facilitating job creation, new business growth, and connectivity to important Internet services, such as online classrooms, health IT, and smart grid technology. Much like my ‘dig once’ proposal, this Executive Order will help bring broadband to underserved communities nationwide and with limited federal investment. This is a commonsense idea, and I salute the Administration for taking action.”

The Executive Order includes a requirement for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide guidance to states and encourage their implementation of a “dig once” policy. Adoption of the policy by the DOT would encourage the inclusion of “broadband conduit”—plastic pipes, which house fiber-optic communications cable—during the construction of federal highways. The Federal Highway Administration estimates it is ten times more expensive to dig up and then repair an existing road to lay fiber, than to dig a channel for it when the road is being built or repaired.

In addition to her legislation, Rep Eshoo has pressed on other fronts to see adoption of a “dig once” policy. Last year she requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) further consider the benefits of a dig once program, including specific costs, the extent to which carriers avail themselves to these facilities, and the extent to which this policy would divert funds from highway construction. The results of this GAO study are expected in the coming weeks. And in a letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood last December, Rep. Eshoo urged him to administratively implement a “dig once” policy, similar to her bill.


Get Updates from Anna

How Can Anna Help You?

In this section, you will find information on the many ways my office can help you and your family. Below is a list of the issues we commonly address. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please either email me or call my Palo Alto District Office and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have.

Anna's Voting Record

View All

Thomas Bill Search


Today’s historic court ruling on #NetNeutrality ensures all Americans have access to an #OpenInternet free of blocking & discrimination.

June 14th, 2016


In the midst of this horror + loss of life, let's all pray for the families in grief and for our country. May goodness triumph over hatred.

June 12th, 2016


Today I joined @SenMarkey &others to support @FCC plan to #unlockthebox. Consumers win w/ #innovation & #competition

June 9th, 2016


It’s a landmark birthday for the #AntiquitiesAct! Celebrate 110 years by helping preserve even more #MonumentsForAll

June 8th, 2016


RT @HornetAdvocacy: 2 congressional leaders + 2 universities + 14 CEOs = great discussion on #Innovation Agenda 2.0 @sacstate…

June 2nd, 2016


Grateful for the strides we've made but mindful of the work remaining. Congress must pass #EqualityAct #PrideMonth

Text SizeA A A