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​Telecommunications Customer Requests Guidelines

​BPA Transmission Services provides services for use of the transmission system assets for acceptable telecommunications requests, such as wireless antennas, fiber optic leases, joint use for real estate and rack use in substations, shared use of operational telecommunication systems between BPA and another entity, pole attachments of other types.

Commercial Fiber

BPA provides commercial 'dark fiber' where there is additional capacity (spare fibers) beyond BPA's operational requirements on BPA's fiber network.  BPA does not compete with external fiber network providers and only provides service upon customer request.

When space and structural capacity allow, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will consider requests for leasing of space at its facilities for the placement of wireless equipment.  Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with emphasis on BPA's security requirements, available resources, and outage constraints.

Reference Documents
Fiber Lease Rates

Contacts  
For questions or assistance regarding available fiber paths, site availability, non-disclosure agreements, or contract arrangements, please contact Adelle Harris (360) 619-6090 or Stan Hockett (360) 418-1796.

For inquiries regarding specific sites, locations and/or equipment requirements, contact James Hall (360) 619-6057.

For general outage information, contact the Network Operation Center (NOC).
Wireless
When space and structural capacity allow, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will consider requests for leasing of space at its facilities for the placement of wireless equipment.  Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with emphasis on BPA's security requirements, available resources, and outage constraints.
 
In cases where BPA does not own the underlying property, the applicant will have to secure additional rights from the underlying landowner(s) in order to use the roads, enter the site, and install ground equipment.  BPA does not acquire such rights for others. 
 
Reference Documents
Wireless Lease Rates for Communication Structures
 
 
Contacts
For questions or assistance regarding Wireless Master or Facility Lease agreements, please contact Adelle Harris (360) 619-6090 or Stan Hockett (360) 418-1796.
 
For inquiries regarding Wireless Applications (Upgrade or New Site), Site Maintenance Repair Requests, Preliminary Engineering Agreement, Construction Agreement or Decommissioning Agreement contact James Hall (360) 619-6057.
 
For inquires about an existing BPA wireless site where BPA/customer work that is already in progress please contact Jonathan Toobian (360) 619-6904.

Realty/Joint Use

BPA provides Joint Use services where appropriate for other entities.  The Joint Use service provides for the use of temporarily available space in or on a BPA facility, BPA telecommunications tower, or temporarily available construction space on a BPA telecommunications site.  It may also provide for the use of BPA's station service power and emergency AC or DC power at the site where temporarily unused capacity is available. 
 
Contacts
For inquires about Joint Use contact Mike DeKlyen (503) 230-5510.
Shared Use 
There are BPA driven and customer driven projects where a request will manifest to utilize or share BPA's or another entity's telecommunication system.  This type of request is such that, if qualified, the 'sharing' by either party shall be for the 'operation' of their system (i.e., no 'commercial' traffic).
 
Contacts
For inquiries about operational shared bandwidth contact James Hall (360) 619-6057 or Jon Vlas (360) 619-6679.
​Pole Attachment
If a customer proposed project is qualified to do so BPA will permit other entities to attach cables or equipment to BPA transmission structures.
 
For inquiries regarding a customer pole attachment request contact Mike DeKlyen (503) 230-5510. 
BPA Capital Projects Impacting Customers
There are BPA capital driven and funded projects which may require telecommunication equipment to be replaced in customer facilities.
 
For customer inquiries about BPA driven telecommunication work to be done in a customer’s facility contact Kelly Johnson (360) 619-6055.