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Communications Infrastructure Upgrade: The Need for Deep Fiber

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Deloitte: Communications infrastructure upgrade The need for deep fiber

Unlocking the full potential of 5G in the United States rests on a key assumption: the extension of fiber deep into the network. Despite the demand and potential economic benefits of fiber deployment, the United States lacks the fiber density in access networks to make the bandwidth advancements necessary to improve the pace of innovation and economic growth. Increased speed and capacity from 5G will rely on higher frequencies and network densification. Carriers will deploy many more small cells, homespots, and hotspots in higher bands, with a coverage radius measured in meters versus kilometers. Without more deep fiber, carriers will be unable to support the projected four-fold increase in mobile data traffic between 2016 and 2021.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state

An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Ever wonder why your water rates are going up, even though you’re using less? Good question! And one we’d love to answer.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Adam Krantz on The Infra Blog

“We just held a rally here in DC with all of the organizations within the water sector to get that point to legislators, to bring it to senators and members of the House…They heard that message, it resonated, it resounded, but until it really does start to come from the people, and it becomes a citizen-based question and a ratepayer-based issue, we’re not going to see that traction develop…The question becomes: how many Sandys, Katrinas, Flints, Toledos does it take for the federal government to ultimately realize this isn’t a local issue and it’s not a one-off issue? Preserving these water and wastewater systems is a vital, national need.”

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Making Infrastructure Investment Relevant Again

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Rating infrastructure systems "A" or "B"

Rarely has a need with such bipartisan support gone under-funded for so long despite the diligent efforts of many organizations to break the logjam – from labor to business and even political and policy organizations on the right and left…To support an effort on what is, perhaps, one of the biggest economic challenges facing this country, Brodeur Partners invested in a study of the American electorate. Our goal was to gain insight on what voters find relevant in the infrastructure discussion, along with ideas on how to move things forward.

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Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM): The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

Infrastructure impacts every aspect of our country. We rely on infrastructure to move people and goods, connect urban and rural areas, provide reliable energy and clean water, and drive economic growth. Infrastructure is essential to our way of life. Infrastructure is also the backbone of America’s economy. To have the strongest, most resilient economy in the world, America must have the best infrastructure in the world.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2017 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Engineering, Inc - May/June 2017

The 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala— known by ACEC members as the Academy Awards of the engineering industry—showcased 162 projects from across the country and around the world…A panel of more than 30 judges from across the nation representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines selected 36 projects for top awards—including 16 finalists for the Grand Conceptor Award, presented for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States

Monday, June 19th, 2017
TABLE 1 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the U.S. (in order of 2015 net electric generation)

This report examines and compares the stack air pollutant emissions of the 100 largest power producers in the United States based on their 2015 generation, plant ownership, and emissions data. Table 1 lists the 100 largest power producers featured in this report ranked by their total electricity generation from fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities. These producers include public and private entities1 (collectively referred to as “companies” or “producers” in this report) that own roughly 2,900 power plants and account for 85 percent of reported electric generation and 86 percent of the industry’s reported emissions.

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Public, private stakeholder input sought on infrastructure regulatory reform

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced it has published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulatory reform regarding infrastructure projects, including the identification of hurdles that currently exist and how to alleviate them. Those interested in offering comments have until July 24 to respond.

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Transportation Infrastructure: Notice of Review of Policy, Guidance, and Regulation

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is reviewing its existing policy statements, guidance documents, and regulations to identify unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects. As part of this review, the Department invites affected stakeholders and the public to identify non-statutory requirements that the Department imposes and that should be removed or revised.

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