Wired Broadband Facilities on State Highway Right of Way

California Governor’s Executive Order S-23-06 (PDF) Twenty-First Century Government directed the establishment of the California Broadband Task Force, of which the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a member, to bring together public and private stakeholders to better facilitate broadband installation, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable access to and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.

California Assembly Bill 1549 (Wood, Chapter 505, Statutes of 2016) requires that Caltrans, during the planning phase of specified Caltrans-led highway construction projects, notify broadband deployment companies and organizations on its Internet Web site of transportation projects that involve construction methods suitable for the installation of broadband. Upon notification from Caltrans, companies or organizations working on broadband deployment may collaborate with Caltrans to install a broadband conduit as part of a project. The bill also requires Caltrans, in consultation with Broadband Stakeholders, to develop guidelines to facilitate the installation of broadband conduit on State highway right-of-way on or before January 1, 2018.


Broadband installations on the State Highway System require an Encroachment Permit.  Please see below for some helpful Caltrans Encroachment Permit links: