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U.S. Fiber-to-Home Connections Accelerate
Apr 2, 2007
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The number of U.S. homes receiving video, internet and voice services over direct fiber optic connections has doubled in the past year, according to a new study sponsored by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

The study said 1.34 million homes are now connected to the internet via ultra-high-bandwidth end-to-end fiber, compared to 671,000 connections as of March 2006. The study shows that fiber-to-the-home is being installed by a range of incumbent and competitive providers, and not just large telephone companies.

Mike Render of RVA Market Research, author of the study, said the U.S. continues to lag behind Japan in the total number of homes connected to FTTH, but it had taken a commanding lead in terms of the growth rate in direct fiber optic connections.

“Clearly, America’s need for speed is driving sustainable, accelerated growth in the deployment of high bandwidth fiber to homes across the country,” said Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council. “We expect this rate of growth will continue as an increasing number of Americans discover the ease with which video entertainment, gaming, and data applications are delivered through fiber-enabled connections.”

Both organizations have urged policymakers to reduce barriers to next-generation broadband deployment, with the FTTH Council recently calling on the U.S. government to adopt a strategy for universal access to broadband connections at transmission speeds of 100 megabits per second.

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