Buddy Pole Program | Citywide Fiber Deployment
Upon incorporation in 2011, the City inherited an aging above-ground and sub-surface infrastructure and an inadequate telecommunications network. The City has prioritized improving its infrastructure, transportation, and telecommunications network which has spurred extensive new development (mixed-use, residential, commercial, and industrial) and sustainable economic vibrancy into the community. A comprehensive and strategic CIP program was developed and centered around the design and construction of citywide infrastructure improvements (pavement rehabilitation, Safe Routes to School, ADA compliance, road widening, utilities). A robust and aggressive citywide street improvement/rehabilitation program was designed, and coordinated a $60 million utility CIP. To date, MCI Telecom has installed 25+ miles of 5G fiber backbone and conduit throughout the City as part of an Inland Empire-wide deployment. This includes underground and overhead installation, and directional boring through various encroachment permits requiring City review, monitoring, and approval. Encroachment permits have been processed and approved while inspectors monitor that the conduit, fiber, depth of install, and traffic control plans for public convenience and safety comply with standards and specifications. A citywide buddy pole removal program was implemented. Buddy Poles are old and unsound electric utility poles left in place after a new pole has been installed. Buddy poles throughout City were inventoried, maintaining and updating a database and photo log, and communications/notifications to buddy pole utility owners of removal date requests. Inspectors monitor the buddy pole removal, and transfer of conduit, fiber, and other utilities/ telecommunications hardware to the primary pole.
Read more on community fiber.