The fiber industry not only delivers fast, reliable broadband: It makes a larger impact on communities and lives across the country, as two recent research reports underscore.
The first study, conducted by researchers from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Oklahoma State University, focused on the impact of broadband on unemployment and economic development.
Access to high-speed broadband can significantly reduce unemployment rates, especially in rural communities, the report found. Counties lacking high-speed broadband have smaller populations and lower population density, lower household income and a slightly smaller proportion of people with at least a high school diploma, researchers concluded in the report, first shared at Fiber Connect in Orlando last month. (See BBWN Bites: High-Speed Broadband May Help Cut Unemployment Report.)
The second study, conducted by strategy consulting firm Cartesian, focused on the costs associated with deploying all-fiber networks to all homes across the US. Over the next ten years, consistent with current deployment rates, we have the potential to increase the number of American homes passed by all-fiber networks from 40% to 90%, Cartesian predicts. Because operators have adopted more cost-effective methods for deploying all-fiber networks in recent years, the total cost to pass 90% of American homes is much lower than estimated a decade ago, the research determined. Fiber Broadband Association provided funding to both research firms for these studies.
Fiber is booming. We are thrilled about the momentum we have heading into the second half of 2019, but we still have work to do. Today, close to 20 million Americans in rural areas lack broadband access, cutting them off from many educational and professional opportunities. I am eager to continue advocating for the deployment of all-fiber networks so that all Americans can benefit from access to the highest quality connectivity possible.
Operators such as Verizon have committed to investing in thousands of miles of fiber to support their 5G infrastructures, a vital component of this next-gen cellular technology that's expected to transform the world.
The strength of natural disasters like hurricanes is worsening, scientists say, and it's imperative that broadband infrastructures can withstand or be speedily repaired post-catastrophe, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers.
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