Public Works Expo 2018

TU30 - You Can Have Too Much Fiber in Your Life! Broadband Networks and the Impact on Public Works

Aug 28, 2018 3:00pm ‐ Aug 28, 2018 3:50pm


The goal of this session is to help you better anticipate, coordinate and plan for the installation of broadband fiber, 5G mobile networks, and other private utilities working in the public rights-of-way within your community. You need to be able plan for the impacts to staffing, as it relates to permit review and issuance, utility designation, inspection, and repairs to municipally-owned infrastructure. You will also need to execute a public relations strategy that includes proactively engaging homeowners, neighborhood associations, and local businesses. Standards will need to be developed and enforced and contractors need to be educated on erosion control, work zone, and traffic, and pavement restoration rules and procedures.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Anticipate the impacts of that multiple broadband fiber installations from multiple companies will have on your community.
  • Design a proactive approach to engage your community and set expectations on what issues might arise and how the municipality can respond.
  • Recognize the demands that a major broadband build will place on existing staff and financial resources and a municipal utility system.


  • Tasha Johnson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Durham, NC
  • Daniel Vallero, P.E., Right of Way Management Group Supervisor, City of Durham, NC
  • Marvin Williams, Director of Public Works, City of Durham, NC

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