Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) refers to the reach of fiber within a home, e.g., a box on the outside wall of a house. FTTH comes from the family of “fiber to the x” terms that describe various types of broadband network architecture that use optical fiber to replace some or all of a metal local loop used for last mile telecommunications.

FTTH, like FTTB, is a form of fiber to the premise. More specifically, FTTH is a form of fiber optic communication delivery wherein the fiber reaches from a central office location to a subscriber’s working or living area. Once in the subscriber’s home, this signal can be conveyed in any number of ways including wireless, coaxial cable, power line communication, twisted pair, or optical fiber. FTTB, on the other hand, refers to a fiber optic communication delivery that terminates before reaching the workspace itself and is used to provide access to an entire building. FTTH technology allows users to access faster speeds than cable and DSL.

 
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While AT&T and Comcast continue to grab headlines with their 1 and 2 Gbps plans, alternative providers NTS and Tucows' Ting are also hot on the FTTH expansion trail, announcing that they are bringing 1 Gbps service to more areas of Texas and Virginia.

Consolidated brings 1 Gbps broadband service to Texas

Consolidated Communications is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps FTTH expansion effort, announcing that it launched the service for residents across its existing fiber network in the Houston area market.

CenturyLink's 1 Gbps availability drives consumer awareness, purchases of higher legacy speed tiers

CenturyLink is finding that in areas like Omaha, Neb., where it is rolling out its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home services, a growing number of consumers outside of the fiber footprint are purchasing higher speed tiers available on its copper networks.

Consolidated's Udell: 'we win back' Google Fiber customers with high-touch service

Consolidated Communications is aware that Google Fiber is a formidable broadband service provider, including the markets where it also offers 1 Gbps broadband, but the century-old telco says that what differentiates them from their new competitor is customer service.

NTS extends Gigabit network to downtown Lubbock, Texas

NTS Communications has completed the buildout of a new Gigabit fiber network in Lubbock, Texas, enabling it to provide service to local business customers in serviceable areas, including the city's downtown business district.

TDS's 1 Gbps buildout plan to 25% of network drives users to higher speeds

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Verizon says fewer customers are purchasing battery backup for fiber home voice services

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Verizon extends free FiOS speed upgrade to small businesses

Verizon is giving its small business customers that reside in its FiOS fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) markets a free Internet speed upgrade.

Wave Broadband snags $130M in funding to expand West Coast gigabit network

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McCarthy: Frontier will expand FiOS in markets it purchased from Verizon

A top Frontier executive sees an opportunity to increase its fiber and copper-based broadband share when it completes its purchase of Verizon's wireline properties in three states later this year.