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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America

 

Broadband Opportunities

Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband Services


Fiber Technologies

fiber imageTraditional wireline carriers have begun constructing transmission facilities made entirely from fiber optic cable that runs from a distribution frame in the carrier's central office directly to a customer's premises or neighborhood. Fiber-to-the-premises technology offers substantially more capacity than copper-based technology. The most common architecture used is Passive Optical Network (PON) technology. This technology allows multiple homes to share a passive fiber network, with no electronics required in the field. Download speeds offered to consumers range from 5 Mbps to 30 Mbps, with uploads ranging from 2 Mbps. Next-generation services could provide download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

Fiber Resources
 Diagram of Fiber-to-the-Home Technology (pdf)
 FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

FCC Proceedings Related to Wireline Broadband
The Commission in recent years has taken numerous steps to provide incentives for companies to invest in wireline broadband service by removing unnecessary regulations so that consumers can enjoy the benefits of a competitive marketplace.

 FCC Proceedings Related to Wireline Broadband

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Last reviewed/updated on
1/31/2008.