FTTH By Any Other Name
The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) category can also include Fiber to the Neighborhood, Fiber to the Curb, Fiber to the Node (FTTN), Fiber to the Desk, Fiber to the Building, Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), and Fiber to the “x” (FTTx). Sometimes industry insiders also use the terms “Fiber Deep” and “Fiber Deeper” for deploying fiber optic cables from one central location to many.
Investing in Fiber
Private homeowner associations, traditional cable and telecom companies, independent broadband providers, and competitive providers are offering Fiber to the Home. Across the United States, several cities are building their own broadband infrastructure and offering affordable internet services as part of their utility packages. (Read more about Smart Cities and overcoming the Digital Divide.)
Transfer Large Amounts of Data Quickly
Fiber optic lines can be connected underground or along existing telephone poles, aerially. Fiber optic cables are less expensive, weigh less, and are easier to maintain than standard cable lines. Unlike metal cables, fiber optic cables are made from glass which is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference. Flowing over long distances without degradation, fiber optic cables use light instead of electricity to transmit data. The frequencies are higher; therefore, the data capacity is greater. As more and more of our world depends on a constant and seamless internet connection, Fiber to the Home meets the broadband demand of today’s residents.