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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Windstream is making progress with its ongoing network upgrade efforts, announcing that it spent $80 million since 2014 to improve residential broadband services in Georgia. But the telco is not stopping there.

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FairPoint took the broadband industry's cue to enter into the 1 Gbps race by launching its own residential service in December. But the telco knows these premium speed services will only appeal to a small part of its customer base.

Google Fiber 'disappointed' by AT&T's pole access lawsuit, pledges to support Louisville

Google Fiber may be facing a new obstacle to deliver FTTH service in Louisville, Ky., as AT&T sued the city to block legislation easing access to its utility poles, but the fiber competitor says it will support the city in finding a way to overcome the issue.

AT&T sues Louisville, Ky. to block Google Fiber from gaining pole access

AT&T is suing the city of Louisville, Ky., arguing that the city does not have the right to dictate how its utility poles can be used, reflecting a move to thwart Google Fiber from bringing its service to the city.

Consolidated makes 100 Mbps, greater speeds available to 42% of customer base

Consolidated Communications is staying on pace with cable in the broadband race. Speaking to investors during its fourth quarter earnings call, Bob Udell, president and CEO, said that 89 percent of its customers have access to 20 Mbps, while another 42 percent can get 100 Mbps or higher.

Sonic one-ups Google Fiber in San Francisco with 1 Gbps service for $40

Sonic, a competitive residential and business service provider, is challenging Google Fiber's entry into the San Francisco broadband market with a $40 a month, 1 Gbps service called Fusion.

Google Fiber contractors generate hundreds of complaints from Austin residents

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Frontier to deliver IPTV to 7M customers across 40 of its markets

Frontier has set a high bar for its IPTV service, with plans to leverage its existing fiber-to-the-node network to bring service ultimately to 7 million customers across the network territory it will have when it completes the acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties this year.

Cincinnati Bell’s FTTH costs dictated by density, aerial and underground deployment strategies

Cincinnati Bell has made considerable progress in rolling out FTTH services in its network territory, but says the factor of network costs lies in whether it installs fiber on existing utility poles or underground.

AT&T enhances 1 Gig presence in Nashville, raises stakes against Comcast, Google Fiber

AT&T will begin offering its 1 Gbps GigaPower service in three Nashville-area cities, setting a further challenge to local cable incumbent Comcast and up-and-coming provider Google Fiber.