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.
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.
Emergency services are too critical to rely on any infrastructure other than fiber, especially in rural areas where mobile and satellite services can cut out, argues Lisa Youngers, Fiber Broadband Association President, in this month's exclusive column.
Businesses want to buy in to the increasingly popular and lucrative online world of e-sports, where people compete live from their homes in video games that demand ultra-fast, symmetrical access with low latency and high quality of service.
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.
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.