The Fiber Broadband Association has partnered with consulting firm Cartesian to release a new report about fiber deployment costs. The figures takes into account input from providers and contractors across 35 states.
Not surpsingly, the report finds that the cost to build underground fiber networks is more than twice for aerial networks. The median cost for buried fiber was $16.25 per foot while aerial was just $6.49 per foot. The big difference, of course, is labor costs. Labor made up around 73% of the project costs for underground networks and 67% of aerial construction costs. Underground work in areas with rocky soil was double the cost of areas with soft earth.
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