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Power & Broadband

Hot-dip galvanized steel has proven performance in power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as communications towers.

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North America’s energy and communications landscape has seen significant change over the past 10-15 years, and more of the same is expected in the next decade or two. Fifteen years ago, the first iPhone® came out and it revolutionized the cell phone market into a data streaming highway. The number of cell users consuming data as well as the number of people who now have a smartphone exploded during this time. Communications infrastructure has struggled to keep up with the rapid pace of data usage. There are still areas of the country who have slow or no broadband access.

Similarly, the power market has undergone significant changes in the make-up of energy generation from coal-fired power to cleaner and renewable energy sources. The nation has also invested significant funds to improve transmission and distribution lines to overcome increasing demand. Furthermore, the nation continues to strive toward more electric vehicle usage which is likely to push the capacity limits up again in the coming years.

BIL funding for power infrastructure
$79 Billion
BIL funding for broadband infrastructure
$65 Billion

Outside of bridge and highway, these two markets (power and communications) are poised to have some of the largest investments over the next five years. Building these systems for the future includes not only bringing more reliable communications signals and power to the masses, but should also include specifying sustainable materials, such as hot-dip galvanized steel, in the structures themselves.

More about Power & Broadband

Hot-dip galvanized steel has been a partner in the power and communications market for decades, and as these markets evolve to meet new demands, HDG will continue to be the backbone of these structures.

  • GI Seminar Power

    Galvanize It! Seminar: Power Infrastructure

    This seminar provides an overview about hot-dip galvanized steel and how it can be used in power generation, transmission and distribution projects.

  • GSS Omaha Transmission

    Galvanized Steel Studies - Omaha Transmission Line

    Learn how the Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD) decision to use HDG steel has protected its transmission lines since their installation in 1971.

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    Time to First Maintenance

    Use our TFM Chart to estimate when maintenance would be required to extend the life of HDG steel in typical North American environments.