In this week's news, legislation has been introduced in San Francisco to allow micro-tunneling by high-speed internet providers; and a fiber line cut by a utility contractor causes phone issues in Northeastern Wisconsin

San Francisco’s push for faster high-speed internet got a big boost last week, when a city supervisor introduced a bill that would allow the city’s Department of Public Works to begin issuing micro-trenching city permits for internet providers as soon as January 2018.

Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced the bill Tuesday. In it, he asks that the city now allow internet providers to dig a trench for their fiber optic cables that only go as deep as 18 inches, according to a story in the San Francisco Business Times.

Under the terms of the bill, the Department of Public Works would issue permits to providers. Those permits would allow holders to use micro-trenching in the sidewalk portion of the public right-of-way.

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Cut Fiber Line Takes Out Community’s Phone Service

A northeastern Wisconsin community was left without landline phone services for much of Monday after a utility crew cut a fiber line while doing construction work, according to Green Bay television station WLUK FOX 11.

It was unknown if a utility locate was completed on the site before the trenching work began.

The incident left those in the community of Oconto, Wisconsin, including the county sheriff’s department and schools, with landline phone issues. The sheriff’s department says cellular calls were still able to get through to its department.

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