If you’ve been reading our latest blog series, you know that the FCC issued a Report and Order in August for the new policy One Touch Make Ready.
Similar to the “Dig Once” policy for overhead attachments, the OTMR order seeks to streamline make ready work by encouraging one trip to the pole.
The rules and regulations within the order give utilities, telecommunications, and broadband providers a mandatory outline by which to reduce deployment costs, use resources more efficiently, and help new market entrants.
The OTMR order applies to states regulated by the FCC. Companies involved with the new policy include municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, telecommunications, cable, broadband providers and associated contractors. States that are self-regulated have been encouraged to establish similar operational guidelines.
What Does OTMR Promise?
Here are a few promises made by the order that support fast, safe, and reliable deployment:
Utilizing the OTMR Policy to its Full Potential
For asset owners, the first step is to develop a list of qualifications based on the OTMR guidelines for what “approved contractors” means to their company. The next step is building a list of approved engineering and construction contractors qualified to design on their utility systems.
For attachers, communication with asset owners is key, as each company may have specific requests that OTMR does not cover. However, we have compiled a list of characteristics that define a “qualified contractor,” and you can read those in our last blog post.
Getting started may seem like an overwhelming challenge to confront, especially when dealing with all other business-as-usual tasks. Deployment and make ready must continue through the new policy transition.
Alden Will Walk with You
We understand that transition to OTMR will be tough at first as everyone gets up to speed with the new rules, so we have prepared several solutions and tools to help guide you through the process. We teamed up with McLean Engineering to show that we, too, are better when we work with our partners. Through our partnership with McLean, we’ve been able to pare down two key solutions to get you and your company through the transition.
2. OTMR Workflows
If your company is ready to begin the One Touch Make Ready transition, reach out to one of our specialists. We will help you become FCC compliant in the most painless way possible.
Alden thanks McLean Engineering for providing a selection of content used in this blog.