The Facts

  • Since 2008, Texas municipalities have charged $2 billion dollars in franchise fees to companies for right of way access, a burden ultimately borne by consumers.
  • The fees raised far exceed the cost for ROW maintenance.
  • The revenue obtained by these fees often goes to entirely unrelated projects.
  • GDP grew by just 1.6%.


  • ROW fees should be significantly reduced, limited to recouping the marginal cost of using the ROW.