Managing The Impact of Fiber Optic Cable in the Utility Grid

Managing The Impact of Fiber Optic Cable in the Utility Grid

August 19, 2021 | Online :: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time


Billions of dollars have been awarded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and billions more is being proposed in infrastructure legislation to fund the deployment of broadband services in America, many of the broadband deployments will be constructed using fiber optic cable. In addition to the government funding; electric companies, telecommunications providers and wireless carriers are upgrading their fiber optic networks. What is fiber optic cable, how does it work and how does it compare to other communication mediums? How will utility pole owners be impacted by the unprecedented deployment of fiber optic cable over the next 5-10 years? This webinar will cover the characteristics of fiber optic cable, its uses, how and where it is constructed, regulations around its deployment and the codes and best practices used in constructing and maintaining fiber optic cables on and around utility underground and overhead infrastructure.


Thursday, August 19, 2021 : Central Time

9:50 – 10:00 a.m.
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10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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  • Review fiber characteristics and capabilities
  • Gain a general understanding of modern telecommunication networks
  • Know how and where fiber optic cable is deployed on utility infrastructure
  • Review general engineering and construction practices for fiberoptic cable deployments
  • Insight on current broadband funding and trends in the telecommunications industry
  • Update on current regulations around use of utility infrastructure by telecommunications providers
  • Identify key challenges and opportunities in telecommunications deployments
  • Discuss current solutions to ensure the safe, reliable and effective deployment of telecommunications facilities on utility infrastructure


Nelson Bingel has over 30 years of industry experience focused around structural aspects of overhead lines. He received a BSME degree from Purdue University and has worked on research and development of improved structure inspection processes and restoration systems along with software for field strength and loading evaluation. Nelson was Chairman of the Strength and Loading Subcommittee of the NESC for the last two code cycles and has been Chairman of the full NESC Committee since 2016. Nelson is also Vice-Chairman of the Accredited Standards Committee O5 which develops standards for new wood poles and crossarms. [email protected]

Ron Bilodeau is a Director – Strategic Solutions with Osmose. Ron has more than 35 years of experience in both telecommunications construction and electric utility operations management. Ron earned an MBA and BA in Communications and Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Nevada Reno, and is a Certified Project Management Professional. In his current role, he provides solutions and recommendations to the utility and broadband industries on a wide-ranging scope of requirements including joint use, broadband buildout, and wireless attachment and colocation programs and processes. [email protected]


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