We like to keep an eye on our friends at PacketFront. Bernadine Joselyn just sent me some good news from them. Their Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) solution has attained Technical Acceptance by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), this means that projects that receive RUS funding can choose PacketFront’s FTTH solution.
The RUS provides funding (generally loans, maybe only loans) to improve rural areas. The funding we’re talking about here is probably he Broadband Access Loan program, which provides loans for funding the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities.
Side note: The USDA proposed new rules to the broadband program earlietr this month.
Taken from the PacketFront press release, here are the highlights of their service:
The key component in PacketFront’s FTTH solution is the award-winning BECS control and provisioning system. BECS makes it possible for operators to build and run fully automated broadband networks with self-provisioning capabilities, in both open-access and retail business models. End users are able to self-subscribe to their own broadband services through a web-based portal, without any manual interaction between the service provider or network operator. This keeps operational costs low for the delivery and support of the services, while passing on to the consumer the savings from increased efficiencies. The PacketFront solution also consists of the SMT and HMT management tools for customer care and helpdesk responsibilities, as well as the ASR portfolio of Advanced Services Routers and the DRG family of customer premises equipment. The complete PacketFront FTTH solution has been Technically Accepted by RUS.