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Broadband Has Gone from a Luxury to a Necessity

Americans increasingly see home broadband access as critical to their lives. Nonetheless, fixed broadband adoption has plateaued; and cost is the bigger barrier to adoption. At the end of the day, people get it. Broadband has gone from a luxury to a necessity.
Written by Sam Harlan at 00:00

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FTTH Has 50% Take Rate in U.S.

According to The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas, fiber deployments grew 13 percent in 2015. With over 12 million homes being connected with FTTH in U.S., that marks an almost 50% take rate, which matches the world's highest standards, with nearly 20% of all true FTTH connections being in the U.S.
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Fiber as a Moral Obligation

The idea that fiber is a piece of infrastructure that is so fundamental that it becomes almost a moral obligation was one of the take a ways from a couple of panels moderated by Calix's Geoff Burke. Burke was the moderator of panels that featured the FCC's Chief of Strategy, Jonathan Chambers and Kelly Drye Partner, Tom Cohen. The premise is that the bandwidth, reliability and low-latency of fiber is necessary to ensure equality of opportunity - whether in education, ensuring an informed citizenry or more efficient governance.
Written by Sam Harlan at 00:00

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The Impact of Fiber to the Home

High-speed broadband is an important national investment, in both urban and rural landscapes across the country. Communities lacking broadband access or high speed broadband can have a negative effect on attracting new businesses or retaining existing businesses. The term “Gig City” is a term that is attracting attention from numerous large cities with the Google build out program, and has also been picked up by others both large and small.
Written by Sam Harlan at 00:00
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Connect America Fund and Rate of Return Carriers

The Connect America Fund (CAF) proposal (submitted by several groups including NTCA) is for Rate of Return Carriers which are mostly the Tier 3 with some Tier 2 providers currently receiving voice-only high cost support. There will be two options a carrier can take when planning out their future.
Written by Sam Harlan at 00:00
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