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.
It would cost about $70 billion over 10 years to bring all-fiber fixed-access broadband to rural and small-town America, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers in this month's exclusive BBWN column. The ROI? Priceless.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.