This document provides a high-level overview of the options for utility support of broadband internet service deployment to underserved customers. While electric utilities of all types are considering or making investments in their own private wired and wireless broadband communications infrastructure primarily to enhance the reliability, security and modernization of the grid, this document is primarily focused on the options for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to augment and use that infrastructure to also support broadband internet service deployment to underserved consumers, a practice referred to as “middle-mile leveraging.”

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