Fiber to the Home (FTTH): The Great Wait Continues

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You’ve probably seen the ads: “Arriving Soon! Our high-speed fiber network is coming to your area!” Then, after some research, you discover that “soon” can indeed be a very relative term.

“In the U.S., there are economic, market, and morphology dynamics that have prohibited ubiquitous fiber to the home (FTTH)—and they’re all intertwined,” says Michael Misrahi, telecommunications leader with business advisory firm EY Americas, in an email interview.

As Internet service providers (ISPs) vie for local dominance, many are jumping the gun and planting the idea that FTTH is just around the corner when, in fact, availability may still be many months or even years away. Still, if you sign up for the service now, they promise you’ll be at the very top of the list when FTTH becomes available in your area.

For many eager customers, the wait will be lengthy. “Given the fact that the U.S. has an extensive land mass to cover, there are challenges with rolling out fiber to every household relative to countries that have far more of their population in centralized, urban environments,” Misrahi says.

Surmounting FTTH challenges

Bringing fiber to every home and business is an expensive and time-consuming mission. As fiber

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