Fiber Broadband Association Releases Study on Rapid Fiber Growth in North America

Earlier this month the Fiber Broadband Association released a study on fiber. Here are  the key findings:

  • In 2018, fiber surpassed DSL to become the second most common connection for home internet in North America after cable.
  • In the United States, fiber now passes 41 million unique homes in the United States and connects 18.6 million homes. This is a 17% increase in homes passed by fiber since 2017.
  • In North America, fiber now passes nearly 60 million homes and connects 23.8 million.
  • Canada leads North American fiber deployment, with 19% growth in homes marketed in 2018 alone.

I thought this was interesting – in part because I drive from St Paul to Winnipeg a few times a year and I can tell you – that stretch of Canada is pretty rural…

“The fiber industry is on fire,” said Lisa R. Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Fiber holds the key for next generation connectivity, from 5G to smart cities to the Internet of Things. This research and analysis helps keep the industry, consumers, and policymakers informed about our Association’s progress towards a better connected future. I am excited to work with our industry partners to keep up this momentum in 2019.”

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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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