Microtrenching: The Future of Fiber Optics

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With the huge demand for high-speed internet connections, it’s no surprise that companies are investing heavily in fiber optic capabilities. One way urban developers and internet providers are meeting people’s demands is through microtrenching. It’s an incredible development that is further driving innovation and interest in fiber optics. 

However, with new innovation comes new government regulations to control and manage the technology. With Agenda Discovery’s legislative tracking software, we put the power of transparency and knowledge in your hands. Stay current on what’s happening in your industry and act accordingly. Read our article below and learn more about microtrenching.

What is Microtrenching?

It’s a technique that deploys cables from broadband networks at a lower cost than traditional methods. Typically it involves a cutting wheel that saws a 0.5-2 inch wide trench with a maximum of 2-foot depth. Once a microtrencher (the cutting wheel) cuts the slot on the side of the road, broadband installers will lay the cables’ protective ducts through which they pull and push the fiber optic cables. 

Once in place, the applicators will pour resin into the microtrench with two layers. One that is dyed orange to act as a safety indicator and a top layer that is pigmented to match the color of the road. 

The Benefits of Microtrenching

The advantages to this technique are tremendous, and communities who adopt it benefit greatly. New York City adopted microtrenching back in 2013 and now requires it unless there is good reason to use other techniques. Not only is this due to being a cost-effective alternative, but it requires a lot less labor. There is a significant amount of labor that goes into traditional trenching and lots of potential hazards that occur. This is especially true when developing trenches for broadband networks. Microtrenching reduces the amount of labor needed to build these fiber optic trenches while increasing broadband efficiency. 

More Local Municipalities are Adopting the Technique

As we’ve seen with New York City, microtrenching has become an excellent alternative to traditional techniques. In fact, more cities are adopting it into their own broadband networks. Cities such as Austin, Texas; San Francisco, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Charlotte, NC have all followed suit and are benefiting from it. Their city planners and engineers are using the technique to leverage overcrowded utility corridors in effective ways. This is resulting in high-speed broadband services that are meeting their people’s needs. 

As fiber optics becomes more available across the United States, it won’t be surprising if all cities adopt microtrenching. It’s incredibly beneficial and meets the high demands people want in their internet services.

Track Microtrenching Regulations with Agenda Discovery

With the huge demand for quality broadband services, cities are enlisting in microtrenching techniques to enhance their fiber optic infrastructure. With more and more cities adopting the technique there may be new regulations that could impact its usage. 
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President Trump Waives Regulations to Speed Construction of Border Wall

A bulldozer is digging a hole in the desert for the trump border wall

In February, the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started waiving procurement regulations in order to speed up the construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall. According to the DHS, eliminating procurement regulations will allow 177 miles of wall to be built more quickly in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. 

By using the Agenda Discovery legislative tracking tool, you can stay up to date on important policies and trends that are occurring in the construction industry. 

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What Waiving Regulations Will Do For The Border Wall

The targeted regulations primarily consist of the contracting, pricing, and wage protocols that each state must follow during federal construction. The Trump administration and the DHS decided to fast track the wall’s construction to better secure the country from illegal drugs and individuals from crossing the border. According to Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, it allows the department to speed up it’s contracts anywhere from “30 to 45 to 60 days”

Response For Fast Tracking Border Wall Construction

Opponents of the waivers argue President Trump is overstepping the limits of his power by invoking section 102 of immigration law to waive more than 40 federal regulations. The latest waivers were criticized by D-Tucson Representative, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Vicki Gaubeca, Director of the Southern Communities Coalition, stating they are stripping Congress of its constitutional power and control of the budget.

According to Heather Swift, spokeswoman for Homeland Security, the U.S. remains in a border emergency with more than 36,000 people caught trying to enter the country illegally and 54,000 narcotics seized at the border in January alone. 

How Much Of The Border Wall Has Been Built So Far

In the months since the Trump administration began waiving regulations, progress has slowed down due to COVID-19.  So far, 216 miles of wall has been constructed as opposed to the 500 DHS that was estimated. While it’s construction continues to be slowed down, plans are underway to continue.

Local Governments Also Address Immigration Law

While the border wall may reduce the flow of illegal immigration, local governments continue to pass policies to handle exisiting illegal immigrant populations. For instance,  several immigrants are seeking refuge in “sanctuary cities”, where local municipalities limit their cooperation with the national government effort to enforce immigration law. Following the passage of Arizona SB 1070, Arizona has banned sanctuary cities within the state.

Stay Up-To-Date On The Latest Construction Regulation Trends

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