Telecom/Electric

Dominion Energy Virginia buries 2,000 miles of power lines underground ahead of hurricane season

Launched in 2014 to reduce storm-related power outages and shorten restoration times, the program focuses on burying power lines in the most outage-prone areas. The company plans to bury several thousand additional miles of overhead lines as the program continues in the coming years.

Judge dismisses Native American challenge to $10 billion energy transmission project in Arizona

California-based developer Pattern Energy called the ruling a win for the region, citing the jobs and billions of dollars in economic development and investment that will result from the project.

Metronet to fund Loves Park, Ill., fiber optic network with $9 million investment

Construction activities began earlier this month, with the first customers beginning to receive service this fall. Metronet vehicles will be seen around the city, installing fiber-optic cable on telephone poles and underground.

Berkeley pushes PG&E to bury power lines to mitigate wildfire risk

Berkeley city officials are pressing Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to include their city in a plan to underground 10,000 miles of power lines in regions with the highest fire danger, The Berkeley Scanner reported.

Fiber Broadband Association advocates for retiring copper in favor of future-proof fiber

FBA's new white paper argues that many telecommunications providers still face unnecessary expenses and complexity by maintaining legacy copper infrastructure, despite having migrated to fiber in core and access networks.

Ripple Fiber to expand fiber optic network to 45,000 residents in North Carolina

Residents across multiple municipalities in the area now or will soon have access to the provider’s 10GB-ready fiber internet network: Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel, Monroe, Sun Valley, Indian Trail, Weddington, Lake Park, and Stallings.

Unprecedented storms raise questions about undergrounding Houston’s power lines

Currently, Houston has extensive underground distribution and transmission lines, but the high costs and challenges associated with burying more lines, particularly in developed areas and flood-prone regions, are significant obstacles.

Telecom industry predicts boost in fiber optic networks to support growing AI, global study shows

A key theme from the study is the opinion that AI will enhance network performance. To achieve this, participants believe new solutions across fiber network infrastructure and operations will be required. In fact, 99% respondents believe they will need to upgrade fiber-optic networks to support more AI traffic.

Broadband installations are the leading cause of underground infrastructure damage in Minnesota, report finds

Telecommunications crews are frequently encountering electric lines and natural gas pipes underground, resulting in an average of more than 1.25 strikes per day.

Lowndes County, Ga., to bring fiber internet to 16,000 locations with $39 million public private partnership

Construction has already started and is expected to provide multi-gig internet speeds to eligible homes and businesses across the counties. This project will be critical in providing high-speed internet to underserved and unserved residents in the counties.

Meridiam breaks ground on “historic” fiber optic infrastructure investment in Memphis, Tenn.

Blue Suede Networks, a Memphis-based fiber-to-the-premises network developer owned and financed by Meridiam, is contracted to develop, build, finance, and manage a high-speed fiber-optic network that will pass at least 85% of business and residential premises throughout the city.

T-Mobile to invest $950 million in fiber optic joint venture with EQT to acquire Lumos

The next capital contribution by T-Mobile out of an additional commitment of approximately $500 million is anticipated between 2027 and 2028. These combined investments are expected to allow Lumos to reach 3.5 million homes by the end of 2028.

Federal court denies tribes’ bid to halt $10 billion transmission line project in Arizona

A federal judge has rejected a request by Native American tribes to stop work on a $10 billion transmission line being built through a remote southeastern Arizona valley that will carry electricity from New Mexico to California.

Zayo Group upgrades critical fiber broadband infrastructure across the country

Zayo Group announced its latest round of critical infrastructure upgrades, including its newest long-haul dark fiber route connecting Columbus to Pittsburgh and a highly sought-after 400G-enabled wavelength route connecting Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Frontier to expand fiber broadband network to rural Illinois with $25 million grant

Frontier, the largest pure-play fiber provider in the U.S, received $24.7 million in grant funding to expand high-speed fiber broadband service to homes and businesses in rural Illinois. The grant was awarded by Connect Illinois with the assistance of Greene County Economic Development Group.

Kinetic adds 20 miles of fiber broadband network in Pennsylvania

More than 1,220 homes, businesses and schools in Beaver County now have access to Kinetic fiber, local officials and Kinetic representatives said.

Wisconsin’s Menominee Tribe secures funding for underground power line project

FEMA's Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program has allocated $872,894 to support the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's underground power line conversion initiative.

Lumos breaks ground on fiber optic network expansion in South Carolina

Lumos ground in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, OneSpartanburg. With this expansion, thousands of homes and small businesses in Upstate S.C. will have access to Lumos' ultra-fast internet.

Fiber infrastructure has no known expiration date, Fiber Broadband Association research concludes

The Fiber Broadband Association’s Technology Committee has published its “Fiber Broadband Scalability and Longevity” white paper — the latest FBA research that explains optical fiber is the only communications medium that can support both existing and future applications for many decades with no infrastructure changes.

Colorado Springs Utilities undertakes underground power line shift post-2021 windstorm

In Colorado Springs, efforts are underway by Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) to relocate power lines underground after identifying susceptibility during a windstorm in 2021.

California regulators greenlight program to accelerate electric infrastructure undergrounding

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has introduced a new initiative aimed at accelerating the undergrounding of electric distribution infrastructure across the state. This program, mandated by Senate Bill (SB) 884, targets increased system resilience and climate adaptation.

Conservation groups sue to stop a transmission line from crossing a Mississippi River refuge

A coalition of conservation groups filed a last-minute federal lawsuit to halt plans for building a 102-mile transmission line that would link Iowa’s Dubuque County and Wisconsin’s Dane County, crossing through a Mississippi River wildlife refuge.

ALM fiber-monitoring solution detects faults in Kentucky fiber broadband network

The system acts like a radar that continuously scans fiber optic cables to pinpoint the location of issues such as attenuation, water damage and breaks.

Proposed underground transmission line from Canada to New England cancelled

The proposed underground transmission line through northern Vermont to Londonderry, New Hampshire, would have been able to deliver power generated by wind and solar facilities in Canada and send to Quebec renewable energy produced by future power generators off the New England coast or other source.

Consumers Energy to bury electric lines in six Michigan counties

Consumers Energy has announced the approval of a targeted undergrounding pilot program by the Michigan Public Service Commission. With a $3.7 million investment, the company plans to bury 10 miles of overhead power lines within the next year.

Meridiam breaks ground on $230 million, 300-mile fiber optic network in rural Alabama

The firm will develop, build, finance, and manage a high-speed fiber-optic network that, upon completion, will enable fiber broadband to 53,000 households and businesses across more than 300 miles.

I&M commences reconstruction of underground power line in Muncie, Ind.

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to start construction next week to rebuild an aging underground power line along Tillotson Avenue in Muncie.

Underground electric cable replacement program in Geneva, Ill., to bolster service reliability

The city of Geneva, Illinois, is set to improve the reliability of its electric service by undertaking an underground cable replacement project slated to commence in March.

Blue Mountain Networks completes significant fiber optic infrastructure expansion in Oregon

The project involves laying hundreds of miles of new, underground fiber optic cables throughout Umatilla County. This development is expected to have a transformative impact on the area, enabling advancements in various sectors including education, healthcare, and local businesses.

Bluebird Network completes 3,500 ft. underground fiber optic crossing beneath Mississippi River

The pivotal 3,500-ft underground fiber optic river crossing enhances route diversity and redundancy for Midwest enterprises while respecting historical preservation.