DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: UPDATING CONDUIT ACCESS CHARGES
The City’s inability to assess conduit access charges in excess of the cost of maintaining the system unnecessarily constrains a potentially lucrative revenue stream.
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Access to the City system is coveted by such current and potential users as Baltimore Gas and Electric, Bell Atlantic, AT&T, and MCI. Recommendation 2-E of the Information Technology section of this report suggests investigating opportunities for leasing City conduits to regional telecommunications vendors as a means of funding the City’s wide area network connectivity and management costs.
A 1996 study (see the Department of Public Works executive summary) indicated that the City could realize between a $3,000,000 and $25,000,000 increase in revenues if existing policies and/or rental rates were adjusted. Given the value of this potential revenue or the in-kind services that might be available as suggested in the Information Technology section of this report, this represents an opportunity that the Administration should strongly consider.