The Year Fiber Became an Essential Service

By Andy Heins

4 Reasons to Deploy FTTP Now —

There’s no argument that high quality, low-latency broadband is an essential service.

Fortunately, this heightened awareness for high-quality broadband coincides with an accelerated growth in broadband funding available through such mechanisms as the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, as well as other state and federal funding sources. This creates growth opportunities for telecom providers of all sizes and types. It creates unique opportunities to obtain funding for the expansion of broadband capabilities to the communities that need them the most: unserved and underserved markets.

While fiber networks provide the highest quality and lowest latency service for end users’ needs, they also can be expensive to install, and the ROI can take time. That’s why many providers, including fixed wireless operators, hesitate to expand and upgrade their networks with fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP).

No one has ever complained that they have too much fiber capacity in their network. Right?

Originally published on isemag.com December 1, 2020