State of FTTH in US

Thanks to Eric Lampland for passing on a report on Municipal Fiber to the Home Deployments:
Next Generation Broadband as a Municipal Utility
from FTTH Council to the Blandin Broadband Strategy Board.

The report is a great state of FTTH in the US.

Municipal FTTH systems are continuing to proliferate where allowed.
As of March, 2008, there are 44 public providers (representing more than 60 individual cites) operating FTTH systems in North America. They list 2 communities in Minnesota: Barnesville and Windom.

More, and larger, municipal FTTH systems are under development for 2008

The “success” of municipal FTTH systems is substantiated by high subscriber take rates.
The typical FTTH business plan usually requiring a 30-40 percent take rate to “break even” with payback periods.

The effect of municipal FTTH systems on local economic development is significant.
Windom has noted that a trucking company relocated to Windom (at least in part) because of the access to FTTH.

Municipal FTTH systems have a positive impact on overall FTTH and broadband use.

CONCLUSION: Municipal FTTH Systems are an important element of national FTTH deployment and should be encouraged. OK, not a shocker coming from the FTTH Council – but also not wrong in my opinion.

This entry was posted in Community Networks, FTTH, MN, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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