Category Archives: Fiber

How Local Communities Can Become More “Fiber-Friendly”

Yesterday, the Fiber To The Home Council (FTTH Council) issued a report describing how communities can take steps to make fiber-to-the-home for their residents a reality. While most of today’s broadband providers house fiber connections in only parts of their networks, fiber-to-the-home┬áproviders bring those rapid connection speeds all the way to your front door.

The report’s recommendations include easing regulatory burdens on fiber providers and speeding up permit reviews and other bureaucratic processes, making existing infrastructure that can be used for fiber deployment (like utility poles and public rights-of-way) available to providers on fair terms, and ensuring that community-wide infrastructure is adequately maintained for use by providers. The report emphasizes that while deployment of fiber-to-the-home is a costly undertaking, these steps can give communities hoping for that deployment an edge in attracting providers to their areas.

You can read the full report here.